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2016 CentriKid Missions

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!

NAMB | Send Relief | Backpacks of Hope

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.

IMB | South Asia and China | One Cup of Water

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 1,200 water pumps have broken handles or busted storage containers, and the people have no way to get clean water. Through One Cup of Water, over 50 churches have been planted and over 1,000 baptisms have happened in the South Asian villages. 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

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

Meet your 2016 Camp Leaders!

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 AssistantIMG_0651 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
centrikid1@gmail.com

CK2 (Campbellsville University):
Isaac Kierstead, Camp Director
Sara Wilson, Assistant Director
centrikid2@gmail.com

CK3 (Timber Creek):
Katlynn Lanham, Camp Director
Catie Ward, Assistant Director
centrikid3@gmail.com

CK4 (Gardner-Webb University):
Caitlin Barton, Camp Director
Justin Barton, Assistant Director
centrikid4@gmail.com

CK5 (Norman Park June Dates, Eckerd College, Lake Yale, Skycroft Conference Center):
Lauren Walls Camp Director
Shannon McBryde, Assistant Director
centrikid5@gmail.com

CK6 (Bison Creek, Austin College, Shocco Springs, Louisiana College, Linden Valley Conference Center):
Meg Brown, Camp Director*
Mikala Chenault, Assistant Director
centrikid6@gmail.com

*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
centrikid7@gmail.com

CK8 (Lee University, Jenness Park Conference Center, Southwest Baptist University):
Mason Aldridge, Camp Director
Lori Tucker, Assistant Director
centrikid8@gmail.com

Other posts to get you ready for this upcoming summer:

2016 Group Leader Information

Bring a Team Assistant to CentriKid

2016 Camp Music

Camper Care Package Information

 

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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Bring a Team Assistant to CentriKid!

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!

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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2016 Camp Music!

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:CentriKid_CD

  • This is Amazing Grace
  • Lord, I Need You
  • Your Glory is Forever
  • One Thing Remains
  • How Great is Our God
  • All Because of Jesus
  • The Monkey Shuffle
  • Around the World

We are also excited to have some new music for 2016! Like these songs:

  • Not Ashamed
  • Live to Worship You
  • Good, Good Father
  • Unseen Theme Song (available June 1st!)

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!

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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APRIL FOOLS! (Announcing the 2017 theme!)

Earlier today, we posted that we were excited to reveal of 2017 theme: Take Out the Trash!

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“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.april fools reveal

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.

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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Announcing the 2017 theme!

April Fools! Earlier today, we posted the blog below. We’ll announce the real theme at camp this summer.  Did you fall for it?


 

Get excited! We normally reveal the following year’s theme at camp, but we are so excited about 2017 that we couldn’t wait! We think that this is the best theme in the history of camp forever, and we are excited to share with you what you and your kids will be experiencing at camp in 2017!

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Yes! Our theme is “Take Out the Trash!” All week at camp, we’ll be exploring the fun of doing chores at home! Check out the days emphasis below:

Day 1: Take Out the Trash

Day 2: Clean Your Room

Day 3: Do the Dishes

Day 4: Scrub the Bathroom

Day 5: Cut the Grass

We know that kids LOVE doing chores, and we know that everyone who comes to camp will have so much fun as we learn about chores together.

But that’s not all, we’re introducing NEW TRACK TIMES FOR 2017. Check them out below!

  • Laundry Folding
  • Brick Laying
  • Cement Pouring
  • Garden Gnome Wrangling
  • Babysitting 101

We can’t wait for CentriKid 2017: Take out the Trash! We hope you’re excited too!  Tomorrow on the blog, we’ll be posting more information, so be sure to check back!

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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Make the Gospel Clear this Easter

It’s almost Easter, we hope you get to enjoy this incredible weekend celebrating the resurrection of Christ. This is a HUGE weekend in the lives of most churches. Many kids ministries will see the highest attendance of the year this weekend Yes! We pray your ministry will be filled with tons of awesome kids who are super hyped on Easter chocolate. Most importantly, we pray God does an incredible work in your kids ministry this weekend, and the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes real to every kid who walks through your door.

While getting dressed up, hunting Easter eggs, and eating truckloads of chocolate is incredibly fun (we love all of those things), we want to encourage you to continue to make the gospel clear this Easter in your kids ministry. At CentriKid, everything at camp is connected back to the gospel, and we pray that everything in your kids ministry is rooted in the gospel as well.

Here are a few tips to help make sure that the gospel is the main focus of your kids ministry this Easter weekend:

  1. Have a plan. Be sure that you have a plan on how you will share the gospel in your kids ministry this weekend. Be sure that you’ve allotted enough time to share the gospel, and that your curriculum supports making the gospel clear. There are tons of great resources out there to help share the gospel with kids. One easy resource we recommend is “The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me.” This was created by CentriKid a few years ago, and we love how clearly it presents the gospel on a kids level.  (In fact, this is exactly how I phrase the gospel when I’m teaching the kids in large group at my church.) You can find a PDF download of the “Gospel: God’s Plan for Me” here!
  2. Cast the vision to your volunteers. Before you go into Sunday or your kids ministry, take a few minutes and cast the vision to your volunteers about the importance of making the gospel clear this weekend. Maybe even take a few minutes to go over the gospel with them to make sure that everyone is speaking the same language and using kid-friendly terms. Show your volunteers ways how to incorporate the gospel into every activity, game, and teaching time that you plan to do this weekend. For some of your volunteers, it might be the first time they have shared the gospel, so encourage them and equip them to clearly communicate the gospel with kids.
  3. Prepare yourself spiritually. So many times in kids ministry, we want to make sure that all of the logistical details are covered, but we forget to enjoy worship and the message of Jesus ourselves. When we share the gospel, it should be an overflow of what Christ has already done and is continuing to do in our life.  This Easter, make a goal that you will not be so caught up in the details that you don’t get to experience the joy of celebrating Christ’s resurrection. Take some time before you go to church to read the Easter story in your Bible or app, and spend some time in reflection on what the message of the gospel has meant in your life. You get to share the gospel because Jesus has already impacted your life! How exciting is that?

Easter weekend is a whole lot of fun! We at CentriKid thank you for continuing to make the message of Christ clear to kids in your ministry.  Ultimately, God uses you to make the gospel clear to kids, and you are a hero! Thank you!

Check out these other blogs about making sure the gospel is clear in your kids ministry:

Always Point to Jesus – CentriKid

Watch the Whole Gospel Story in 5 minutes – LifeWay Kids

Free Easter Devotional Guide for Families – LifeWay Kids

5 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Kids – CentriKid

Micheal Walley

Micheal started has been working with CentriKid since 2011. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications. He leads up our production elements at camp, and serves in his church's kidmin as a large group leader. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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4 Things to Look for When Choosing a Camp

We encounter church leaders and parents looking for the best options for summer camp for their kids – and it is a big deal because camp can have a meaningful impact on the spiritual journey of a child.

Here are 4 things to look for when choosing a camp:

  1. What is their “main thing”?  We emphasize the importance of the Gospel in every aspect of CentriKid, and we are grateful for the trust shown by thousands of church leaders and parents as they give us the opportunity to make the message of Christ clear in the lives of kids through camp.
  2. Is it a safe place?  Many parents and group leaders contact us to ask about dietary concerns and housing options – but we are also concerned with the size of campus, the proximity of main roads to campers walking, the condition of fields for recreation, and even the “climate” or culture of the camp atmosphere.  Camp should be safe for kids on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
  3. Do they strive for excellence?  As you learn about a new camp, evaluate the excellence of what you see.  Does the staff respond to you in a professional manner? Do the activities seem haphazard or well-prepared?  Do program elements start on time every time?
  4. Does this camp look fun?  Fun is essential to camp, but don’t solely judge a camp based on the waterfront toys or recreational activities.  Make sure the other elements are in place first, but before you sign up, make sure it looks like something your kids will enjoy being a part of.

At CentriKid, we take each of these aspects seriously (yes, even fun!) because there are a lot of ways to fill up a summer, but camp can be more than just another week on the calendar.  We are passionate about helping make the Gospel real in the lives of kids while they have a great time 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.

How to Point Everything Back to Scripture

At CentriKid one of our main promises to the churches who come is that we will always root everything in Scripture. We believe it is important to tie everything back to God’s Word because there is no better place to turn. From Recreation and Bible Study in the morning to Track Times and Worship in the afternoon and evening, everything we do at CentriKid truly points campers back to the gospel and Scripture. We strive to give our activities a purpose, instead of just creating time fillers or fun things to do.Your kids ministry should seek to do this as well.

Plan it out
The best way to make sure you connect all activities back to Scripture is to plan for it. Plan to relate each activity to our relationship with God. In your preparation, whether it be for a regular Sunday morning or once a year event, schedule time to relate the activities you are doing to the Bible, and plan exactly how you will make the connection. This is an active, practical step to making sure you fit it in smoothly and without forcing it. One of our favorite ways to do this at CentriKid is to “debrief” the activity/game.

Debriefing
A “debrief” is a time where we bring the kids together to explain how the activity/game relates back to the Bible and our relationship with Jesus. Here are some tips for debriefing:
–Remove distractions (face the kids away from potential distractions: TVs, other kids playing games, windows they can see out of)
–Be one level removed (if the kids are sitting, you kneel; if they are kneeling, you stand)
–Use objects and personal stories (kids are concrete learners. So, applying spiritual concepts to concrete examples, like objects, helps create a strong connection in the mind of a child)
–Root it in Scripture (read from the Bible… that helps them know it is truth from the Word)
–Make eye contact (if you are outside, remove sunglasses)

I fully believe that fun games and the Bible can go hand-in-hand. So this week, plan out how you are going to relate each of your activities back to the gospel and God’s Word.



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Announcing the 2016 CentriKid Camper Care Package

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We are so excited to bring back Camper Care Packages back to CentriKid this summer! We have a great collection of items that will get you ready for camp. In the Camper Care Package this year we will have a backpack, OMC shirt, water bottle, sunglasses, water bottle, eye black, luggage tag, and a color team bracelet. This is a $40 value for only $30! Take a look at the photo for a sneak peek of the items included in the package!

 

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.

We can’t wait to see you in the camp store this summer!

 

 

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.