We are excited to officially announce our 2018 camp theme, Blueprint: God’s Design!
This upcoming summer at CentriKid Camps, we will learning about God’s design for us and who we are in Christ. We will learn how we are His workmanship and how we are created in His image. God’s blueprint shows us that we are truly loved, completely forgiven, and prepared for a purpose to share the gospel.
Check out this teaser video!
Our key verse for the summer will be Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
Each day, we’ll focus on how we are God’s design and how we can learn more about who we are in Jesus.
Day 1: We are His workmanship.
Day 2: We are created in His image.
Day 3: We are truly loved.
Day 4: We are completely forgiven.
Day 5: We are prepared for a purpose.
We hope that you are excited for CentriKid 2018! We hope you’ll join us! Many of our camp dates are already filling up, so you’ll want to register ASAP. Dates and locations can be found here, or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak as a part of CentriKid Camps again. One of my favorite parts of speaking with CentriKid is the opportunity
that I have to share the stage with my friend Dylan Arms and his band. One of their members is a “kid” I once had in kid’s ministry during my early years of ministry named Coleman. A kid who grew up fast. That little, quiet first grader quickly grew into a seasoned lead guitar player, who now leads me in my spiritual walk. While at CentriKid this summer, Coleman and I recalled “that week of camp that summer” when I took him to camp. Each year, “that week of camp” made a profound impact on Coleman’s life.
Overnight camps like CentriKid are not just an opportunity for kids to get away. It’s a ministry that makes a huge impact. It’s a ministry that changes perspectives. It’s a ministry that God uses to change hearts. How?
This year, as we near the end of the summer season, remember the importance of why you send your child to an overnight camp. It’s more than just a summer event. It’s more than “one of those things you do.” It’s a life-changing event. It’s a mark. It matters. It’s important.
When your child looks back on his life, he probably won’t remember every detail of last week’s Sunday School lesson or even last month’s memory verse – but he will remember the impact of a week of camp.
That week when he was “on his own.” And it was all ok.
That week when God made sense for the first time. And it was all ok.
That week when life was fun and made up of dancing and laughing and screaming out loud. And it was all ok.
That week at camp that summer. That week that Coleman and I talked about last week. That week that your child will talk about in 15 years. That week that your child will look back on when he needs remember what it was like…When it was all ok.
About the Guest Blogger:
DAVID PEARSON is from Greenville SC. David served as Children’s Pastor for 13 years and as Family & Operations Pastor at Springwell Church in Taylors SC for the last four years. David is a children’s ministry consultant, writes curriculum for various children’s curriculum publishers, and speaks at children’s ministry conferences and churches across the southeast, and has served as Camp Pastor for CentriKid since 2011.
Sharing the Gospel with kids is something we are very intentional about at CentriKid Camps. We’ve used this poster in Bible Study as a visual aid to help communicate the Gospel with kids clearly.
1. God Rules. The Bible tells us God created everything, including you and me, and He is in charge of everything.
Scripture – Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:11, Colossians 1:16-17
2. We Sinned. We all choose to disobey God. The Bible calls this sin. Sin separates us from God and deserves God’s punishment of death.
Scripture – Romans 3:23, 6:23
3. God Provided. God sent Jesus, the perfect solution to our sin problem, to rescue us from the punishment we deserve. It’s something we, as sinners, could never earn on our own. Jesus alone saves us.
Scripture – John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9
4. Jesus Gives. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be welcomed into God’s family for eternity.
Scripture – Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 2:8-9
5. We Respond. Believe in your heart that Jesus alone saves you through what He’s already done on the cross. Repent, turning from self and sin to Jesus. Tell God and others that your faith is in Jesus.
Scripture – John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10, 13
There can be much more to the conversation as a child asks questions about salvation, so LifeWay Kids has made available the “Gospel – God’s Plan for Me” booklets online, and we’ve got this poster you can download for free and use as a visual aid for your kids ministry classrooms or large group setting. We hope this can serve as a reference point for when you are sharing the Gospel with kids.
Click the thumbnail below to download a PDF of the poster!
We’ve already had a great June with many camps, and we can’t wait to host more churches in July! We are so excited to serve you through camp this summer. 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. 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 need to be filled out and notarized with copies of insurance cards attached. All Adult Leaders coming to camp are required to have background checks done, and after those are completed you will verify that on the statement of compliance. You can find all of these links in Group Leader Information.
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 2018. It might be weird to think about signing up for next summer before camp this summer, but registration for 2018 is now open and dates are filling up! 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.
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!
Each year, we love teaching kids about Missions and good that IMB and NAMB are doing across the world and here in North America! Each week of camp, your campers will have the opportunity to give to our Missions Offering and bring the light of Jesus to people who don’t know him!
Here’s a little bit about our 2017 Missions Focus!
One Cup of Water – China
International Mission Board. Can you imagine turning on the faucet and NOTHING HAPPENING? Think about having no water to drink on a hot summer day. In China, people have no way to get clean water. This summer, your missions offering will go to help support the work of Christian workers as they spread the gospel through helping fix water pumps in China. Plus, when you give to support One Cup of Water, you help share the Light of Jesus!
Backpacks of Hope – North America
North American Mission Board. Part of the money you give to the missions offering 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 weekend 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 have the food they need and also hear the life-changing message of Jesus, the Light of the world!
Camp is so close and we are excited to reveal that the 2017 CENTRIKID THEME SONG IS NOW AVAILABLE! We are excited that your kids will be singing this song every day at CentriKid this summer!
You can purchase the “Adventure Awaits Theme Song by visiting this link or by searching “Adventure Awaits CentriKid’ in the iTunes Store. (Not available via Apple Music)
Check out the lyrics below:
Adventure Awaits! Woah!
Adventure Awaits! Woah!
We’re following, discovering.
We’re on a quest, we’re searching.
We want to see the Truth,
You’re Guiding us,
You are inviting us!
Jesus is the One True Light!
The gospel brings our hearts to life.
Following His Holy Word.
Shine His Light to all the world!
Jesus’ Light reveals my Need.
Jesus Shows the Way to Me.
Jesus Light has brought me Life.
Help me, Lord, to shine your Light!
You can find out more about our 2017 theme, Adventure Awaits, here. It’s also not to late to join us this summer! Check out this link to find the closest CentriKid location to you, or call 1-877-CAMP-123 to register! What are you waiting for? Adventure Awaits!
We are so excited to bring Camper Care Packages back to CentriKid this summer! We have a great collection of items that will get you ready for camp. There are some awesome favorites that are coming back, and some new fun items as well! In the Camper Care Package this year we will have:
This is a $39 value for only $30!
Pre-orders for Camper Care Packages are due on June 1st in order to guarantee the colors and sizes of the items. You can click here to go ahead and get those pre-orders in! We are also bringing back camp store cards! Parents can get them in increments of $5, $25, or $50 for their kids to spend in the CentriKid Camp Store. Remember, these camp store cards are only good in the camp store, not for any other stores at your camp location. All camper care packages can be paid for on the first day of camp at check-in via cash, check, or credit card. Make sure you get your CentriKid gear and represent during Rec, Bible Study, and OMC!
We can’t wait to see you in the camp store this summer!
As camp draws closer, we’re sure that meetings are being held, deposits are being paid, and questions are being asked. To equip Group Leaders and to prepare parents sending their children to camp, this year we’ve made a document just for parents!
The Parent Packet is a great overview and introduction of CentriKid for parents who are sending their kids to camp this summer. The packet includes:
Group Leaders, be sure to get these in the hands of your parents as you prepare for camp! You can find the Parent Packet by going to your camp location page at centrikid.com or download them here:
Can’t wait to see you at camp this summer!
Camp will be here so soon! We are so excited to teach campers about following the one true light. There will be so much fun, learning and excitement this summer, and here are a few things that will help you be prepared for:
Be Informed: The first thing you need to know is that Group Leader Information is here. All you need to do is click on the location that you will be attending. There is a lot of information here for the Group Leader to share with the parents and other volunteers attending camp. Make sure to read through all the info, especially if you are going to a new location or are new to CentriKid. And once you get everyone to camp, our staff will be ready to take care of everything else!
Plan a Meeting: Now that you have read through all of Group Leader Information it is time to schedule a parent meeting. Make sure that all parents have the Parent Packet so that they will be familiar the schedule and understand more about CentriKid. Make sure to tell them about ordering photos, DVDs and camper care packages. And check out our promotional resources here to get everyone excited about camp.
Keep Fundraising: You have paid your deposits, but keep fundraising to help parents with the rest of the funds for camp. Plan a bake sale, a spaghetti dinner or check out this blog to get more ideas on fundraising tips. We want to make sure that any kid that wants to come to camp has a chance to be there.
If you are a new church, take a look at this video below to get a better idea of what to expect as you prepare and when you get to camp. And returning churches, take a look for a great refresher! We can’t wait to see you at CentriKid this summer!
Sin can be a topic that is avoided in Kids Ministry due to the potential harshness of it. It is such an important part of our faith, and we shouldn’t shy away from teaching kids the reality of sin. Don’t underestimate what kids can understand. You’d be surprised! If God can allow the mind of a child to grasp the concept of Jesus dying for us to save us from sin, then He will definitely allow the mind of a child to understand the basis of sin.
Simply put, sin is the bad stuff we do that makes God sad and separates us from Him. Children are typically concrete thinkers, so give them practical examples of what sin looks like in their lives: disobeying their parents, lying to their friends, or arguing with their brother or sister.
It’s okay to tell them the origin of sin – Adam and Eve. Let them know that God intended for us to be perfect creations, but we ruined that by falling into temptation from the devil. Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, so now ALL people sin. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Even though sin can be uncomfortable or difficult to talk to kids about, it provides the best opportunity for a gospel presentation! In Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The beginning of this verse is a scary reality, but the second part of the verse is the greatest truth and comfort that we can have as Christians. Even though we sin, God provided the gift of safety and eternal life with Him forever by sending Jesus to die for us. All we have to do is accept that gift!