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Photo Friday ’15: July 3

Camp is a great place to meet God and study the Bible. It is also really cool to see leaders from adults who are investing quality time in the lives of kids (and throwing water balloons at them!)

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Photo Friday ’15: June 26

So many kids are learning about how to grow in their faith! We’ve seen kids come to know the Lord for the very first time, and we’ve been able to encourage some campers to take the next steps in their faith journey. I love being able to help kids understand that God loves them and desires a relationship with them.

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Post Camp Free Ministry Grid Course

After CentriKid, there are lots of stories to tell about OMC and track times and there are follow-up opportunities for church leaders to connect with kids who made significant decisions at camp.

Now that your 2015 CentriKid experience is over, the question remains of how do you best equip your leaders to follow-up with your kids to continue the momentum and help kids continue to grow in their faith. If you’d like to access a FREE course walking through some basic ideas on how to do this, simply click here.

We’ve got several other post camp extras at CentriKid.com for you also.

  • Group Leaders can take the post-camp Group Leader survey
  • Download the after camp devotionals to use with your group following camp
  • Download Adult Gathering content from this year and prior years (at the bottom of the page) if you would like to revisit the content or lead your teammates through the experience.
  • If you want to find the name of that camp song you got stuck in your head … check out centrikid.com/music
  • Need to order one more End of Week DVD? Email us … the cost is $35 for burning and sending another DVD

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Photo Friday ’15: June 19

This week has shown us how crazy-awesome the summer will be! God is changing hearts and lives of kids, and also some adult leaders!

 

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Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Post Camp Extras

Camp is here! We are so excited to serve your church this summer at CentriKid. We have amazing staff at camp who are there to pour into your church and your kids, but what about after camp? Well, I’m glad you asked. We have some great resources for you to take advantage of!

Post Camp Extras can be found here.

There are post camp devotionals that are a great way to get the kids in your ministry to talk about the truths that they learned while at camp. This is also a great opportunity to share with others who might not have been able to come to camp. There are fun activities and ideas to get the kids talking about how they can be fit for God in their everyday life.

We also have the Adult Gathering outline for you to download. We love investing in adults at camp. Children’s ministers and volunteers at the local church are our heroes. We love to share this plan so that you can utilize it in your ministry.  Previous year Adult Gathering plans can be found at the very bottom of the page.

And don’t forget to fill out the group leader survey! We love what we do at camp for you and your church, and we want to hear your feedback! The link for the survey is on the post camp extras page, and you can always email centrikid@lifeway.com with any questions you have.

We hope that summer 2015 is the very best yet at CentriKid and we are so glad to be a part of your kids ministry year after year.

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.

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PHOTO FRIDAY ’15: June 12

Its the first week of the summer and we had some awesome churches come to camp this week. We had some excited kids and a whole bunch of crazy adults on the orange team! You can see that the Day 3 focus word was PRAY. It stands out on social media, just like it stands out during the message!

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Registration is open for CentriKid 2016

Registration opens online for CentriKid 2016! We are excited to begin planning now for hosting campers and church leaders next summer.

The location pages are updated for each camp venue, and the Find a Camp By Date page is also updated to include both 2015 and 2016 camp dates.

For information about the theme for 2016, you’ll have to pay close attention during closing at camp to get a sneak peak for next year!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Today’s the first day of camp!

It is finally here! The day that we have been planning, preparing, and praying for: the first day of CentriKid 2015!
For the past year, we have been preparing for FIT: Faith in Training, and we cannot wait until your church arrives at camp this summer!

Here are a few fun facts about CentriKid this year as we celebrate the first day of camp!

  • This is the 15th Anniversary of CentriKid Camps!
  • Over 28,000 kids and adults are currently registered to attend camp!
  • We’ve got 21 locations from California to Maryland where kids will experience camp this summer.
  • Our missions offering will go to two incredible missions organizations. Find out more about them here!
  • Over 500 cans of silly string have been ordered (Yes! Silly string is now apart of OMC!)
  • We’ll be teaching kids spiritual practices that help them grow in their faith through FIT: Faith in Training.
  • It’s not too late to join the fun of CentriKid this summer! See if there is availability at a camp location near you by visiting a location page or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123!

As always, if you have any questions about coming to camp, you can always contact us by emailing centrikid@lifeway.com or by checking out our 2015 Camp Prep Series! 

Whether we see you this week or another week, we can’t wait to serve your church group at camp this summer!  Let’s get FIT!

Micheal Walley

Micheal started working CentriKid in 2011 and has served as a Camp Director the past two summers. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications and public relations. He joined in the office team in 2014. Micheal loves talking kids ministry, leadership, and coffee.

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Photo Friday ’15: Training Week

CentriKid 2015 is officially here, and we can’t wait for campers to arrive next week! Our office team and CentriKid staffers had a wonderful time training and preparing for FIT: Faith in Training during #CKTrainingWeek15. It’s the first Friday of the camp season, and that means one thing: PHOTO FRIDAY!
Each Friday, check back here for a photo recap of the week of camp! While at camp, be sure to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to mention us @CentriKid and use #FaithinTraining! See you next Friday!

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Micheal Walley

Micheal started working CentriKid in 2011 and has served as a Camp Director the past two summers. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications and public relations. He joined in the office team in 2014. Micheal loves talking kids ministry, leadership, and coffee.

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NEW: Recreation Rooted in Scripture

For several years we have been asked to provide some resource based off of

coverCentriKid’s Recreation Program. CentriKid Recreation is not just a time to play or a time to wear out the kids so they will listen during their lessons. Instead recreation is intentional. We try to make sure everything we do is rooted in scripture. Recreation is a great example of this value, because every game played on the recreation field is connected back to God’s Word through our debriefs.

 

We are happy to finally a deliver a resource for our churches, who were fans. Whenever we were looking for a name for a new resource we decided to focus on what matters, which for us is being rooted in Scripture.

tableofcontentsWe know everyone using this resource will have different contexts to play these games. We decided to organize them accordingly. There are five categories by which we organize the games in our resource: active games, indoor games, large group games, no equipment games and water games (one of my personal favorites).  A game could be in several different categories or just one. So if it is raining outside and you are forced to think on the fly indoors, maybe you will try the no equipment games. Give Recreation: rooted in Scripture to one of your volunteers and they will be equipped to make sure the fun never skips a beat and have strong spiritual applications to tie to each game. The games can be searched alphabetically in the table of contents or by category in the index in the back.

gameAn example of one of our games is Garbage Dump. This game is both an active game, meaning it is best played outdoors, and it could be a water game. This page comes with a diagram to help the game facilitator understand better what the game involves. There is a basic instructions section called, “How to Play”. Also, to the side of every game with equipment there is an equipment needed section with detail notes. Finally, at the bottom you always get a solid spiritual application debrief using scripture.

 

We hope you get as excited about Recreation: Rooted in Scripture as we are. This is a CentriKid Camps Store exclusive product, so while you are at camp make sure you make your purchase.

 

 

Collin Spindle

Collin graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Science with an emphasis in Youth Development. He began working for CentriKid in 2010 and joined the office team in 2013.