Archive for February, 2017

The Importance of Team Assistants

What is a Team Assistant?
The best high school juniors and seniors, or even young college students, that a church group can bring to camp to be Adult Leaders for their week of CentriKid.

Team Assistants will get to spend more intentional time with the campers like staffers do! We want train them to work and interact with the campers just like we train our staffers to.
Check out this video to see what the Team Assistant Program is about and what a week of camp would look like for them!

Bringing Team Assistants to camp can also serve as a solution to an issue that some Church Group Leaders have: a shortage of Adult Leaders. These students will count towards the standard 1 to 5 adult to kid ratio, and will be housed with your group like all the other adults you bring. But, as an added bonus, they’ll get to work alongside the CentriKid staff helping out with Recreation, Track Times, and Bible Study! This gives them a behind-the-scenes look at serving as a CentriKid Camps staffer.

This is also great for the campers to see people they already know from home help lead them during camp programming. Not only will it help the kids stay attentive, but it makes them realize just how cool these students are, because they’re like CentriKid Staffers!

CentriKid Staffers absolutely love Team Assistants! They don’t just help with camp duties, but they help make impacts in the lives of campers. That’s what CentriKid is all about! We want our Team Assistants to have the best experience so that they’ll want to become CentriKid Staffers as well. Many of our current staffers were once Team Assistants, and are now returning summer to summer to make a difference in the lives of kids!

If you have any questions about Team Assistants or the Team Assistant program, please feel free to email centrikid@lifeway.com.

Alli Sewell

Alli began working camp in 2012 and joined the office team in 2016. She has served as a Bible Study Leader and Assistant Director. Alli graduated from Carson Newman University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014. She loves all things Disney, Tennessee Vols, and showing everyone pictures of her nieces, Caroline and Waverly.

Feb

25

2017

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2017 Group Leader Information is Here!

Group Leader Information is online for 2017!

Click HERE to download a packet specific to your camp location. The CentriKid team has worked hard to apply the insights you have given us and make things easier for you.

We want camp 2017 to be your best summer ever and we hope that our updated Group Leader Information will help equip you with everything you need to make this possible!
You’ll notice a few small changes we’ve made for 2017.

On the cover we have a small sneak-peak to help you find what you need!

  • Location Specifics (information for your particular camp location)
  • Pre-Camp Info (camp schedule, to-do list, parent meeting help, etc.)
  • Forms (all documents you will need in camp preparation)

You’ll notice, we’ve made our Parent Packet a separate document this year, so you can easily download and print off as many as you need for your pre-camp parent meeting. Be sure to download Group Leader Information from your location for yourself and point your parents to our Parent Packet as you prepare for camp!

As the Group Leader for your church/ministry, this document includes everything you will need to effectively prepare and lead a group to CentriKid. Whether it’s your first year at camp or your seventh summer in a row, this document will be your guide as you gear up for Adventure Awaits!

Meg Brown

Meg started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2016. She received her degree in Educational Ministry and Public Relations from Campbellsville University. She has served as a Bible Study leader, Assistant Director, and Camp Director. Meg leads in Track Times and Group Leader Information for camp 2017. In addition to camp, Meg loves playing tennis, reading books, and spending time outdoors.

Feb

20

2017

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Explaining Grace to Kids

Grace is a word that we use a lot. We talk about God’s grace and how thankful we are for it, but are the kids we see every day, every week understanding what grace really means? When I was growing up in church sometimes I would feel like I was just supposed to “know” what church words meant. So let’s make sure that we are teaching our kids that it is ok to ask questions. Asking questions leads to understanding, and understanding helps kids make their faith their own.

So when the question come up about what grace is, how do you answer it? The best way I know how to explain grace is that, grace simply means not getting what you deserve. We offer grace to people in our lives when we choose to respond with a kind word instead of being cruel. When someone is mean to us it is very easy to be be mean back. Even when someone deserves a mean word, that is where grace comes in and gives them kindness. Or maybe you could explain it better when kids do something that is deserving of punishment. When they deserve time-out or deserve to have something taken away but grace is extended.

Grace isn’t a difficult thing to explain, but don’t assume that kids already understand. Hearing a word often, does not mean that there is understanding. And understanding the concept of grace can have eternal significance.

 

Tiffany Francis

Tiffany graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in communication and media studies, and received her Master's Degree from Murray State. She has been with Lifeway Kids since 2010 and joined the camp team in 2014 where she works on Bible Study, the camp store, and many other elements.

Feb

14

2017

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Taking Risks in Leadership

The word “risk” can send shivers up your spine or can invigorate your curiosity. These steps toward “what’s possible” can, at times, feel impossible. Whether it’s a financial investment, a new ministry, or a different model for your team, risks ultimately mean change. In leadership, responsible risk taking looks a lot less like gambling and a lot more like calculated chess moves.

As a leader, you must be willing to guide your people into the unknown. Not on a careless journey, but one with promise to benefit all. Though the path will be new for your footsteps, as the leader, you must be willing to forge the trail. With risk comes both uncertainty and possibility; we must face the risk before us with both hands open wide. As you begin this endeavor, consider the following:

1. Count the cost
Consider the potential benefits and drawbacks of your possibilities. Make a pros/cons list. Sit down for discussion over coffee with people you trust. Consult your mentors and teammates. And most importantly, seek the Lord’s guidance through meditation and prayer.
2. Make your move
Once you’ve decided to move forward on this new road, set your eyes on what lies ahead. Map out a game plan and stay faithful to your calculations. Heed not the words of naysayers and unbelievers. With peace from the Lord, take each stride in confidence.
3. Stay focused
A bare bank account, a tough day, or words of opposition will be discouraging. Resolve to stay resilient. When pursuing the call God has for you, continue to run your race. Face the obstacles as they come and move on to your mountaintop.

Leaders are seldom remembered for simply what they intended to do. Leaders take action. Taking risks will not always mean success, or improvement, or reward. But, without taking that chance, you’ll never know what could have been. Don’t meekly evaluate your choices. Recognize your goal, and take that leap of faith!

Meg Brown

Meg started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2016. She received her degree in Educational Ministry and Public Relations from Campbellsville University. She has served as a Bible Study leader, Assistant Director, and Camp Director. Meg leads in Track Times and Group Leader Information for camp 2017. In addition to camp, Meg loves playing tennis, reading books, and spending time outdoors.

Feb

3

2017

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Friendly Reminder: Deposits are due soon!

If your church is registered for camp 2017, CentriKid deposits are due by February 15, 2017.

This is an important deadline because it helps us with getting supplies together and proper staffing for the summer – and if you’ve ever been on the waiting list before, you know this is a time when groups on the waiting list anticipate getting a call about spots opening up!

This is your chance to reduce your number of spots with no penalty. If you have already registered, you are required to pay a $50 non-refundable deposit per person to hold your reservation. Any new or additional reservations made after February 15 will require an immediate $50 non-refundable deposit per person. ALL lost deposits are non-refundable and cannot be applied toward balance due.

Click here to watch a tutorial video about how to manage your account and pay your deposits online. You can also call 1-877-CAMP-123 to speak with our Camp Registration team. They expect a lot of calls on the 14th and 15th, so you can avoid a longer wait time by calling now!

Registration is still open. For those of you who are interested in CentriKid but haven’t registered yet, you can email us for more information at centrikid@lifeway.com or sign up online. We would love to have you join us at camp and to get you signed up for this year!

We are excited for CentriKid 2017: Adventure Awaits as we study in John 8:12 what it means to follow the One True Light!

Alli Sewell

Alli began working camp in 2012 and joined the office team in 2016. She has served as a Bible Study Leader and Assistant Director. Alli graduated from Carson Newman University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014. She loves all things Disney, Tennessee Vols, and showing everyone pictures of her nieces, Caroline and Waverly.