CentriKid 2016 is almost here! We are so excited to serve you through camp this summer. There will be so much fun and excitement for kids and adults as we learn how to visibly and boldly live out our faith with the unseen armor of God. Before we get to camp, here are some great reminders to help you as you are getting ready for CentriKid:
Group Leader Information. The Group Leader Information is the most important and helpful tool to help you prepare for camp! It is full of important information, tips, and guidelines to help you know everything you need to know about coming to camp. Click here to choose your camp location and download Group Leader Information.
Participant List. Three weeks before camp you need to send your participant list in to the camp gmail account for your location. You can click here to get a copy of a blank participant list. The participant list is very important to housing. Make sure the camp team knows any policies that your church may have that will affect housing. Release Forms (available here) also need to be filled out and notarized with copies of insurance cards attached. All Adult Sponsors coming to camp are required to have background checks done, and after those are completed you will verify that on the statement of compliance.
Camper Care Package Orders. Camper Care Packages are available and you can still pre-order them until June 1st. Click here to pre-order a great backpack full of CentriKid goodies for all your campers! You can also pre-order camp store cards, for campers to buy items in the CentriKid Camp Store. You will also place orders for DVD’s and camp photos at check-in as well.
Track Time Cards. Make sure that all campers have filled out their track time cards before you arrive at camp! You can find those and a description of each track time in Group Leader Information.
Plan to Register for 2017. It might be weird to think about signing up for next summer before camp this summer, but our registration for 2017 opens on June 1st! We expect many of our locations and dates to fill up (like many of our dates and locations did this year), and to ensure that you get the location and date you want, you’ll need to register early! No money is due until February 15. To register for 2017, call 1-877-CAMP-123 or visit centrikid.com after June 1!
We are so blessed to serve alongside you and your church in ministry and we are honored that you have chosen to come to camp at CentriKid. We are anticipating the very best summer yet and we can’t wait to experience with you! See you at camp!
OMC. Organized Mass Chaos.: the best game ever invented! Over the years, you might have used this a large group game just for fun or to build up the excitement for the upcoming summer at CentriKid. It’s great for outreach or for just having fun with kids and students. I hope that it has served you well in both these areas, or if you haven’t tried it yet, that you would consider picking up the OMC game this summer at our CentriKid Camp Stores at our CentriKid locations.
This year, we have sent out a promotional kit that we hope you can use to get kids even more excited for camp on the way to camp: the official CentriKid Van Kit! In your van kit you received a few fun things, including a special edition OMC game. In this edition of OMC, kids will do various tasks that can be done while sitting in a bus, van, or car safely.
The instructions are on the card, but you can be creative as well. Feel free to have all kids do it at the same time, or just one at a time. The kids will have a blast with this game because it is still OMC and who doesn’t love OMC?! Those who have never been to camp will get to understand OMC, and those who have been will get even more excited as camp is but minutes away!
We hope you have fun with this new special edition OMC game! Check out our other editions on the OMC Page at CentriKid.com!
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you won’t get to experience the program you’ve put all your hard work into to make happen. You constantly feel like you need to have a clipboard in your hands, checking off the daily schedule as things happen. Do you want to hear some good news? It doesn’t have to be that way!
Sometimes being in charge of things doesn’t make it easy to be involved. I’ve been an Assistant Director for two years with CentriKid, and as we all know, a lot of detail work goes into making camp happen.
Camp is something I do, because I enjoy being a part of the daily camp programming with campers and adults. Part of being in a leadership role means planning.. Planning meal times, planning pool rotations, planning travel details, but also planning “free time”. My ideal free time means going out to the Recreation Field and playing Mosquito Tag with the campers! One of my other favorite things is taking the time to go sit down with our Adult Sponsors and talk to them about their lives – these people love their campers so much, and it is so refreshing to hear their hearts. Taking even just a little bit of time talking to kids shows that you care. It builds relationships with them and creates an environment that makes it easy to invest in the lives of the kids!
Kids can sometimes think that their leaders at church are like teachers, but we never want them to feel like they are in a classroom setting. That is why we want to be involved with the kids so they know we like to have fun too!
Take an hour or two. Step away from the clipboards and computers, and just HAVE FUN! The coolest part of being in a leadership role is seeing the fruits of your labor. You get to see your kids learning about God AND having the time of their lives all at once. What could be better than that?!
Camp starts next month, can you believe it? We are so excited to serve your church, kids, and adults this summer. There are different themes, different games, different bible stories every year at camp, but you can always count on these four things every year at CentriKid.
Rooted in Scripture
Communicating the Gospel to kids is why we do camp. At CentriKid you’ll find solid biblical content woven throughout every element of camp, from interactive Bible studies and fun rec games to worship, activity tracks, and even hang time. We are a camp with a clear purpose – building a biblical foundation for kids.
A Seriously Safe Place
We take safety seriously, and make it a priority with kids. At camp you’ll find a safe place for kids – emotionally, spiritually, and physical. You can rest assured that our trained staff value the safety of your kids!
Ministry through Relationships
Our staff will invest in your kids’ lives by showing the love of God through the way they live. Staffers aren’t performers; they are ministers. Meanwhile, we take care of all the details of camp, so you can focus on relationships with your kids rather than running around with a clipboard delegating tasks, or worrying about picking up the rec field.
Kid Friendly Programming
We are committed to providing excellent programming that keeps kids engaged. We know they learn differently at each stage of life. We train our staff to teach kids about Christ in a way they can grown and learn with kids their own age. In addition to Bible study, we keep God’s Word at the center of every aspect of camp.
We can’t wait to serve you and your church at camp this summer!
With hundreds of logistical details to deal with each week, sometimes being sure to lead out spiritually can take a backseat to the things that “have to happen” or the fires that pop up which need to be put out. In order to make sure you are leading your team and the kids spiritually, it is important to remember these three things:
Seek the Lord for yourself
You cannot truly lead a kid or an adult to a place that you are not seeking after yourself. This does not mean you must have all the answers. It simply means that you need to be seeking after the Lord and maintaining that relationship with Him, growing and maturing in your own faith. Hebrews 11:13 tells how some confess that they are temporary residents on earth. In verse 14, it goes on to explain that those who say this “make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.” I encourage you to do the same: “seek a homeland”; seek the kingdom of heaven through a relationship with Jesus.
This means that in any conversation you have with a child or adult that you are leading, point the conversation to Scripture. Why would we not direct everything to the written Word of God? Nothing on earth is more powerful than the words written out for us. When you direct conversations to the Word, all involved will gain more knowledge of Jesus and can build up their own faith through such conversations.
Make a plan
Don’t expect it all to just happen out of thin air as you are playing dodgeball. You need to set out a plan to bring the kids together after dodgeball is over and talk about how it relates to our relationship with Jesus. With whatever curriculum you use, be sure the gospel is being presented and that Scripture is being used. Beyond that, I point back to being intentional about bringing Scripture into other conversations. Make the plan and trust that God will make your efforts fruitful.
Each summer we partner with both the International Mission Board (IMB) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in support of missions projects globally and at home. At camp this summer, all CentriKid campers will have the opportunity to give to the missions offering.We are excited to continue our partnerships this summer through our missions offering at camp. Check out our 2016 CentriKid missions projects below!
This summer, we get to be a part of a brand new project with the North American Mission Board. Send Relief’s “Backpacks of Hope” will help provide a backpack full of supplies and food for kids who often go home to houses where there is not enough food. On weekends or when school is not in session, they often have nowhere to go to get a decent meal. Through “Backpacks of Hope”, these kids will will have the food they need and also hear the life changing message of Jesus. This project gives every CentriKid camper a chance to save a life and change a life through Send Relief’s Backpacks of Hope.
This year, we are continuing our partnership with One Cup of Water and continuing to help provide clean water for villages in South Asia through the missions offering. For the past few summers, we have heard how many water pumps in South Asia have broken handles, and how One Cup of Water has helped repair the handles and pumps and share the gospel with the South Asian people. Only $10 helps buy a new pump handle, and $50 helps provide a new pump head. When you give, you support the work of missionaries as they continue to spread the gospel from village to village. In fact, because of the generosity of CentriKid campers, One Cup of Water is expanding outside South Asia, and this year’s offering will go to help people in China as well!
Begin praying now how you can be a part of giving to the missions offering at camp!
Pray. Give. Go
Summer is approaching quickly, and we can’t wait for you to experience CentriKid 2016: Unseen!
Our office team just spent a weekend in March with the 2016 CentriKid Camp Directors and Assistant Directors. We spent intentional time team building, preparing for the summer, and praying for you!
Our Camp Directors and Assistant Directors will be the ones on-site at every CentriKid Camps location this summer making sure that kids have a great experience at camp, adults who come to camp are taken care of, and that the week of camp runs smoothly. They view their role as one that doesn’t just involve logistics, but includes spiritual leadership as well.
Ultimately, our Camp Directors and Assistant Directors are here for you. While our staff will be pouring in your kids, our leaders will be making camp an easy week for you. They’ll take care of the details so that you are free to build relationships with your kids and grow your own relationship with Christ! We invite you to connect with these leaders for your week of camp. They can be found on the location page online, and you can reach them by email or by phone. You can even text the camp so phone number if you have a quick question or need to set up a phone call prior to camp!
Meet you 2016 Camp Leaders Below! Please note: for 2016, some of our team emails and contact information are different than previous years.
CK1 (Ridgecrest, Norman Park July Dates):
Hannah Nock, Camp Director
Jordan Davis, Assistant Director
CK2 (Campbellsville University):
Isaac Kierstead, Camp Director
Sara Wilson, Assistant Director
CK3 (Timber Creek):
Will Croushorn, Camp Director
Catie Ward, Assistant Director
CK4 (Gardner-Webb University):
Caitlin Barton, Camp Director
Justin Barton, Assistant Director
CK5 (Norman Park June Dates, Eckerd College, Lake Yale, Skycroft Conference Center):
Lauren Walls Camp Director
Shannon McBryde, Assistant Director
CK6 (Bison Creek, Austin College, Shocco Springs, Louisiana College, Linden Valley Conference Center):
Meg Brown, Camp Director*
Mikala Chenault, Assistant Director
*Micheal Walley will be Camp Director for Bison Creek (AZ) camp week
CK7 (Cumberland University, Campbell University, Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Trinity Pines Conference Center, Ouchita Baptist University):
Vincent Thomas, Camp Director
Bethany Shelton, Assistant Director
CK8 (Lee University, Jenness Park Conference Center, Southwest Baptist University):
Mason Aldridge, Camp Director
Lori Tucker, Assistant Director
Other posts to get you ready for this upcoming summer:
In the summer of 2010, I had just graduated high school, and was getting ready to go into college. I was a summer kids ministry intern,and I was asked my church’s kidmin leader to come to CentriKid as a Team Assistant. I knew that I loved kids ministry, and wanted to serve God during the summer, so I said yes! The experience as a CentriKid Team Assistant opened my eyes to the ministry of camp, and I knew that I wanted to be involved more with kids ministry and be a camp staffer one day. You have the opportunity to ask high schoolers and college students in your ministry to partner along with you and come to camp as a team assistant!
Team Assistants are a valued part of the CentriKid programming: the kids benefit from positive role models, group leaders have more possibilities for adult sponsors, and the CentriKid Staff is always thankful for the extra help.The Team Assistant program began to help church leaders bring more adults to camp. Over the years we have grown our program to more than we even imagined it would ever become. Many of our current staffers (and even office team) were once Team Assistants!
Check out this video about Team Assistants for a broad overview about the program.
You can find out more about the team assistant program in your Group Leader information.
Remember the Team Assistant Program is an option for your most trusted high school juniors and seniors or college aged students. Middle school and high school students who are not at least a rising junior are not allowed to serve in this position. If you are interested in bringing team assistants make sure you add them to your participant lists as a Team Assistant. We love partnering with you in ministry and cannot wait to have Team Assistants join us this summer.
By brining a team assistant to CentriKid, you are helping bring up a new generation of kids ministry leaders as you build relationships with them and they minister to your kids at camp! Bring a team assistant to CentriKid, and you’ll see how God can use this incredible program!
The summer is quickly approaching, and we can’t wait for your church to experience CentriKid 2016: Unseen! As a kid at camp, I connected most with the worship music at camp. Music has an incredible way of connecting with us and communicating the message of Christ in a unique way!
We can’t wait to explore the armor of God with kids as we focus on unseen truth, unseen strength, and unseen peace. Later on in the week, we’ll see how we can live these out with visible faith and visible boldness. We are excited that the music this summer will help drive in the message of the spiritual direction this summer. We design the CentriKid worship playlists to be recognizable songs that kids hear on the radio (or can easily learn) so that they can jump right in to worship at camp.
The 2016 Camp Music has some old favorites returning to camp like these songs:
We are also excited to have some new music for 2016! Like these songs:
You can start sharing the camp music with your kids so they will know them when they arrive at camp. To purchase and download these songs so that you can prepare for the summer, check out the music page on CentriKid.com! You can also check out the songs that will be on our I Can’t Wait, Party, and Worship playlists on that page!
As always, you’ll also be able to purchase a CentriKid Camps Worship CD featuring all of the songs in the camp store for $7 while supplies last!
Earlier today, we posted that we were excited to reveal of 2017 theme: Take Out the Trash!
“Take Out the Trash” is NOT our 2017 theme! In fact, we would never do a chores theme. We always want our theme to be kid-friendly and always rooted in scripture.
At CentriKid, we believe choosing the camp thing is so important in order to communicate the spiritual direction of the week. We always start with deciding the spiritual direction (which is the most important thing) for the summer, and then developing a motif to support the spiritual direction. You can read more about how we choose the CentriKid theme on the blog here.
Now, you might be asking: What is the real 2017 theme? We will release it this summer on the last day of each cycle of camp! We cannot wait to reveal what your kids will be learning about in 2017, but you’ll have to wait a few more months to find out.
Before we even get to 2017, we are excited for this upcoming summer. We hope you’re joining us for CentriKid 2016: Unseen! If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Find dates and locations here.