For many kids going to camp is a tradition every summer. There are inside jokes, funny stories, and things that they look forward doing year after year. Many of these kids have grown up in church and have incredible parents who talk to them about Jesus and encourage them in their faith. Yet, there is another type of child that is in our ministry and that comes to camp. They are spiritual orphans. These are the kids that do not have the name of Jesus spoken in their home and they do not have a spiritual influence in their home. The time spent at your church might be the only time they hear about Jesus and the gospel.
So how can we reach these kids? Camp is an excellent way to introduce Jesus to these kids. These types of kids most of the time do not understand church rules. Being still and quiet to listen to a a bible story or to pray is a foreign concept. But at camp we are allowed to run around, play games, and get covered in shaving cream. These kids will be able to encounter Christ in a completely different way. They will be immersed in a safe environment with other kids and staffers who will show them so much love.
The week of camp may be the only week out of the year that these spiritual orphans are able to hear about the love of Jesus. At CentriKid, we love to invest in kids and make this the very best week of the year for them. If there is a scholarship available for another kid to come to camp, think about those spiritual orphans that are in your community. Think of the impact CentriKid could have on these kids if they could spend a week with your church group at camp. As camp approaches, think of some kids that you might be able to invite to come to camp next summer. We know that it could be a life-changing week, and we pray that no one leaves camp without a life-changing encounter with Christ!
Group Leader Information is online for 2016! Click HERE to download a packet specific to your location. Once you begin to look through Group Leader Information, you will soon notice that it looks different. The CentriKid team has worked hard to take the insight that you have given us and apply it to make it easier for you.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU. The first page of Group Leader Information gives you information about who will be your Director and Assistant Director at camp and how to contact them. You can also find information on housing for that location and how family or friends can send letters to you and your kids while at camp. This page will also give you some important information about the camp location you will be attending.
TRACK TIME CARDS AND INFO. The second and third page is all about my favorite part of camp–Track Times! Check out the track descriptions on page 2 and be sure that every kids fills out one of the Track Time Cards from page 3. Every locations Track Time Card is different so be sure that you only get this from your specific Group Leader Info. One fun way to be sure that everyone fills out a Track Time Card is to fill it out on the bus on your way to camp. This will help time go by if you have a longer drive and you can have fun getting the kids excited for all of the fun they will have at camp!
LOCATION INFORMATION. For some even more in-depth information about your location check out page 5. Here, you will find a map and some tips you should know before you go to camp. To find your schedule, check out page 6 of Group Leader Info. On this page is a helpful reminder about what color each kid (and adult) will be wearing at OMC!
CHECKLISTS. I love checklists! You can find an in-depth checklist to help you prepare for camp on page 6 and 7. On this checklist, you can find links to this year’s participant list (the blue box) as well as information about how to bring a nurse to camp. You can also find the dates when deposits and forms are due.
FOR THE PARENTS. Parent meetings are an important part of getting the information out prior to camp. Page 8 has some helpful tips about the information you should go over with your parents. Be sure to have them sign the release forms and collect any order forms for Camper Care Packages. You can find the release forms in the Parent Packet or on the Group Leader Info page. On this page is also a link to order your Church group’s Camper Care Packages and Camp Store Cards. This needs to be filled out BEFORE JUNE 1st. When you arrive at camp, you can give the store manager a completed Group Order Summary that can be found on page 11. This will be used to cross reference what you ordered online.
At camp, we tie everything to the Gospel and we want to help you as the church group leader continue these conversations after camp. Page 9 has some suggestions on how to follow up with your kids after camp. Page 10 has all the information you will need about Team Assistants at camp!
SPECIAL ATTENTION CARDS. Special Attention cards can be found on Page 12. This are a way that our staff would like to serve you more. Please fill these out for any child who needs a little special attention at camp. These can range from anything to an allergy or broken arm to a child who’s family is going through a divorce or they need some extra prayer from the staff. Also, this is a great way to let us know if anyone is having a birthday from your group.
Camp will be here before we know it and Group Leader Information is the first step to preparing for it. We can’t wait to see all of you this summer!