Meet the camp director and assistant director for your location this summer. Their contact information is listed on the Location Page for your camp venue.
We had a wonderful training weekend with CentriKid camp directors and assistant directors back in March. They spent time learning about leading the camp program and serving the churches that will attend. The men and women leading our CentriKid teams are wonderful leaders and we can’t wait for you to meet them at camp this summer. Let us know any ways that we can help as you prepare for summer camp!
At CentriKid Camps, missions is not just something we do, it’s part of who we are. We know that God has a heart for the lost people of the world, whether that’s people in India or closer to home in Chicago, IL, and we want to be a part of His mission to take the gospel to every corner of the globe. One way we support missions work at camp is by collecting a missions offering. This summer, half of the money you give will help support Scott and his family. Scott works with the North American Mission Board, and he is sharing the good new of Christ in Chicago, IL. Check out more of his story below!
In the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL, many kids are out on the street every night, all night. When Scott Venable moved to Chicago, he decided to do something to help. Once a week, Scott invites kids to eat pizza and play basketball at Mosaic Church. He uses basketball as a bridge to build relationships and share the gospel. Now, many of the kids who were on the street with no families are off the street and part of the Mosaic church family.
To learn even more about Scott and his family, check out his website, and watch the video below.
If you’ve ever said (or thought) your plans for camp are “to survive it” and somehow bring home the same number of kids you took…then this is for you. Here are 5 ways to make sure your church will support going to camp this summer.
The most supported future events are the most successful past events. You can have a big part in making sure camp is a successful milestone in the lives of your kids.
So far we have covered a lot of important details in our 2014 CentriKid Prep blog series: online tools, fundraising, recruiting, spiritual focus, housing, track times, and more! Today we want to focus on what you should expect when you arrive at CentriKid Camps.
At most camp locations, check-in takes place from 1-4 p.m. for week long camps, and from 3-5 p.m. for weekend camps (or 3 day camps). When you arrive on campus, look for our colorful CentriKid banners and energetic, jumping staffers. They will greet you and guide you through the check-in process.
We have two main steps in the check-in process. One takes place outside with campers and adult sponsors, and the other takes place inside with the group leader.
Outside, our staff will guide campers to complete track time cards (if they have not already been completed prior to your arrival – see pages 4-5 of your Group Leader Information packet). Then they will give everyone a t-shirt, play a few arrival games, and get everyone lined up for a group photo. (Don’t worry, group leaders, you will get your t-shirt inside, and we’ll make sure you are back with your group before we snap the photo!)
Inside, group leaders will work with the Assistant Director and other staffers to take care of other check-in details. Be prepared to confirm the number of participants that you brought to camp, hand over your release forms and track time cards, discuss any special attention situations, and pay for photos, DVDs, and care packages. You will also receive your housing information, keys (if applicable), and other important camp information like name tags for your group and adult leader guides.
Even before you arrive on campus, our goal is to serve you as best we can, and when you arrive, we want to make the check-in process as seamless as possible; we need your help ahead of time, though. Two weeks prior to your arrival, make sure that you have (1) paid your final balance, (2) emailed your participant list to your camp specific email address (see your location page for the correct contact info), and (3) communicated any special situations to your camp director or assistant director. These things will help ensure that your have a smooth check-in experience.
After check-in, your group is free to visit the camp store, get settled in your rooms, and get ready for an amazing time at CentriKid Camps!
If this is your first time to bring kids to CentriKid, you might also find this detailed schedule helpful as you prepare. We are counting down the days to camp, and we can’t wait to see you there!
Don’t forget to fill out your pre-orders by Monday, April 14! Just click here to do so! In order to help ensure that we get everyone the care packages and camp store cards they need this summer, we are asking for you to go ahead and pre-order them now. We can guarantee that upon your arrival to camp, we will have the number of care packages and camp store cards requested via this form before April 14.
This is our third year to provide camper care packages and we are more excited about them than ever! Each camper who orders a care package will receive a backpack, an OMC t-shirt, a pair of sunglasses, a pair of socks, eye black, a buff, and a staff poster — all in their team color! This is a $35 value for $30. To better make sure we can meet your needs, we have included a section where you must include the sizes and colors your campers will need. We have left a spot on the parents’ form for them to provide this for you. Generally, the camper will want their OMC t-shirt to be the color of their CentriKid team. Double check grades with parents to make sure you mark this correctly. We can guarantee that we will have what you specified on this form, but can’t guarantee we will be able to switch colors once the camper gets to camp.
You will also need to indicate how many Camp Store Cards you would like pre-order. Camp Store Cards are a new addition to the CentriKid Camp Store this year! Parents worry about kids losing cash or spending all their money on cokes or candy, so we are giving you the option to buy a Camp Store Card for your camper. The Camp Store Cards are to be used in the Camp Store during the week your child attends camp. If there is money left on the card, they will be able to use it the next year at the Camp Store.
We know camp is still a few months away, but it is important that you fill out your pre-order form by April 14 so that we can supply you with the items your campers need! If you miss the April 14 deadline, you can contact your camp director, understanding that they are on a first come, first serve basis, pending availability.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
CentriKid 2014 is approaching quickly, and here in the CentriKid office we’re getting closer and closer to being completely ready for the summer. Here are a couple items we want to share with you for a camp sneak peak!
The name tag this summer has an updated design and will be more of a book style than in the past. As you can see, there will be pages for campers to take notes at Worship. We are so excited about this and the opportunity to help campers go even deeper as the encounter Christ.
The schedule will also look slightly different this summer where Day 4 will be just a little bit different. Click here to find out more details about the new schedule, and check out above what the schedule will look on your name tags this summer.
As you most likely already know, our Key Verse this summer is Psalm 130:7. Here is the poster campers will see in Bible study every day as they’re memorizing the verse and learning more about God’s faithful love and abundant redemption!
The Camp Store is back with more fun items than ever, including PEACH! There will be a Peach Plush as seen above and a Peach t-shirt, so get excited for those! We also have more color specific items than we have in the past, so campers will be able to support their favorite color even more. And don’t worry, adults, we’ve got lots of fun items for you as well! Stay tuned for a blog post in May with more details about those.
As you can see, we’ve got a lot of fun things going on right now as we prepare for camp. We can’t wait for summer to get here, so we can share it all with you. Know that we are praying for you as you also prepare for camp. We are so excited to serve you again in summer 2014!
Yesterday we posted about changing our name. This, of course, was an April Fool’s Day joke! We had some fun on social media, and we even asked for you to vote and help us choose a new name for camp. The results of the pole are in:
Center Kid Camps came in first place on our pole with 32 votes.
Peach Adventure Camp came in a close second with 22 votes.
We also had a few other suggestions via Twitter including Sinner Kids Camps, Centripetal Camps, or FUGE Jr.
We’re happy to say that we are not planning to change our name (at least not any time in the near future). We love Peach, but probably not enough to name our camp after him. And just to clear up any other confusion surrounding our name, check out this excerpt from our style guide:
Our name is CentriKid Camps, or just CentriKid. It might be a little challenging to spell, pronounce, or capitalize correctly, but it’s our name, and we love it. At the end of the day, though, we don’t really care that much about details as trivial as our name. What we DO care about are all the incredible churches, kids, and staff that our name represents, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with each of you in ministry.
We are eagerly looking forward to another incredible summer of ministry, and we hope you’ll join us! If you are already planning to attend camp this summer, we want you to know that we are already praying for you as you prepare. We’ll see you this summer at CentriKid Camps!
Recently we looked into making CentriKid Camps a registered trademark, but as we began the process, we discovered that CentriKid bears too close a name ambiguation to a product known as the Century Kid Kick Wave Master. Due to the legal ambiguity in this matter, we reluctantly have made the decision to change the name of CentriKid Camps. We know that this is a big decision that will affect a lot of people, so we don’t want to make this decision on our own. WE WANT YOUR HELP! Please vote below and help us choose a new name for CentriKid Camps. We will release the results of the survey later in the week.
First, check out why we think Track Times are so great! 2014 will be a big year for Track Times at CentriKid. It will be important to pay close attention to your Group Leader Information for your Track options and watch for some videos coming soon on the blog to tell you more about our new Tracks.
This year will are rolling out a new track time called “Build It”. We think this will be a great indoor track, especially for boys looking to escape the summer heat. This track focuses on construction, innovation, and implementation of fun building designs. Campers will be apprentices to the track leader throughout the week and will have the opportunity to win awards for the best designs.
To capitalize on the features of CentriKid camp locations with outdoor adventure and water activities we are providing Blast and Adventure Track options. The following locations have one or both of these track options. Make sure you check it out in the Group Leader Information, pages 4 & 5. Some Adventure and Blast track options cost money, so make sure you come to camp prepared.
Shocco Springs (not weekend camp)
Make sure you fill out your Track Time cards before camp so you can turn in the cards at Check In. It can be difficult to get all your kids together before camp to fill these out. A great idea we hear from some churches is to fill out the cards on the bus ride to camp. Ultimately, we are excited for all our Tracks and having the opportunity to build relationships with your kids during Track A, B, & C.
Each year at CentriKid we have two mission emphasis. Last week you read about our local mission partnership. One Cup of Water is our global mission partner through the IMB. This project is uniquely designed to partner with children ministries. We will be discussing One Cup of Water during bible study, programming elements, and we want to equip our church group leaders with information about the project.
This project is focusing on meeting the physical needs of villages in India in an effort to make gospel connections with the villages. The statistics of people without clean water are staggering. However, this project recognizes clean water is not merely a social justice effort, but more so it is a means through which the gospel can go forth.
This year while taking your missions offering your group can visualize specifics on how you money will be used. One Cup of Water gives a breakdown of how much money it takes to buy equipment for their ministry.
Even now you can start getting your kids excited about raising money for a new well, pump cylinder, handle or head. Check out One Cup of Water’s website to find more specifics about the culture, geography and description of the project. Also, you can find ideas to personalize the project to your children’s ministry through games and activities.
Also as you prepare join us in beginning to pray for One Cup of Water. Below are their specific prayer requests.