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The 2016 Unseen Theme Song!

We have loved singing the “Unseen” theme song this summer so far at camp! If you’ve been to camp, chances are that you have come home singing “Woah-oh-oh! Let’s go!” We are always very intentional in making the theme song fun and kid-friendly, but most importantly, connecting it back to God’s Word and the spiritual content of camp.

You can purchase “Unseen” for yourself by checking out this link on iTunes! 

Unseen: The 2016 CentriKid Camps Theme Song

Verse:

We want to to live by your truth, ambassadors before you.
We want to live with Unseen Strength.
Christ died to bring us your peace, help us by faith to believe.
We want to follow after you.
Help us be bold, help us be visible.
Unseen!

Chorus:

Woah-oh-oh! Let’s go! Unseen!
Woah-oh-oh! Let’s grow! Unseen!
Woah-oh-oh! We know!
What’s invisible will make us bold for you!

Bridge:

Ephesians 6:19, Armor that is Unseen,
Declares the mystery of Christ to all the world.
Ephesians 6:19, Help us to follow Thee.
We want to show our friends your love. Unseen!

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.

Staying Focused During the Summer

Staying focused during the summer in kids ministry can be difficult. With warm weather, no school, sports, camps and everything else crammed into June and July, summer can be crazy and hectic. Your kids ministry attendance might be lower than normal. For the kidmin leaders, it can be a distracting time as well, or might seem like a less important time since less kids are there each week. I encourage you to do two things:

Encourage kids and parents to prioritize Jesus over any sport, practice, or activity. 

In today’s world, sports and extra-curricular activities are highly esteemed. Which means that parents tend to encourage their kids to do every sport, dance class, or program, and end up having some type of practice or game every single day of the week. For many, this means sacrificing time spent at church learning about Jesus, or even time spent at home in personal, or family, Bible study. Encourage parents and kids to seek out Jesus above all things and to make Him the number one priority in their lives. Reach out to parents through social media, phone calls, or even emails with a challenge to finish out the summer with a new priority on having their kid involved in the kids ministry at church.

Encourage yourself to prioritize Jesus and not check-out. 

It can be just as easy for you to take your mind off the throttle during the summer and coast through it. Constantly remind yourself that the summer season is just as important as any other season. With great times for outreach during the summer, it isn’t a time you want to just slide by. Be intentional, plan out the summer, and engage kids in a whole new way to make them want to come back and learn more about having a relationship with Jesus. Summer can be a more carefree time, but the eternal urgency for the kids is still present during the summer as much as it is during the school year.

Stay focused this summer, and keep pointing kids and their parents toward Jesus. What are some tips and tricks you use to keep your parents, kids, kids ministry, and yourself focused during the summer? 

Vincent Thomas

Vincent started working camp in 2012 and joined the office team in 2015. He received his degree from Peidmont College in Georgia. Vincent has served as a Bible Study leader, Recreation Leader, and a Camp Director. Vincent oversees all things recreation at CentriKid, and develops Track Times your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

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Are you ready for camp 2016?

We have had an incredible first part of summer 2016, and we cannot wait to welcome all of the churches who will be coming to CentriKid in July and August this year! Below is some helpful information to make sure that you are ready to arrive at camp!

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.

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!

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.

Jun

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2016

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Recreation Game: Captain’s Orders

“Captain’s Orders” is a game we have been playing at CentriKid this summer. Kids  have been loving this airplane-themed game that ties in with our 2016 theme: Unseen!

HOW TO PLAY
“Captain’s Orders” is similar to “Red Light, Green Light.” Ask players to line up shoulder to shoulder on the starting line. The goal of the game is to move down the field and reach the finish line. Players may only move by listening for commands and completing the corresponding actions. Use the following commands:

  • Takeoff – Run quickly
  • Reverse – Move backward (toward start line)
  • Delay – Freeze
  • Soar – Walk briskly and pretend to fly like a plane
  • Turbulence – Jump forward continuously or shake violently whilst moving forward
  • Optional: Tail spin – Spin like a helicopter

After each game at CentriKid Recreation, we take a couple minutes to debrief it and talk about how that game can actually relate to our relationships with God. This year, with Captain’s Orders, we are using John 8:31-32 and talking about how God’s Word is the ultimate Truth, and we can know it by reading the Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit every day.

This game is a great one to play with kids at church because you can give the kids a turn being “Captain,” and it requires very little equipment and minimal setup time. And the best part about it is that you can relate it back to God’s Truth, and how we can know Him more.

Vincent Thomas

Vincent started working camp in 2012 and joined the office team in 2015. He received his degree from Peidmont College in Georgia. Vincent has served as a Bible Study leader, Recreation Leader, and a Camp Director. Vincent oversees all things recreation at CentriKid, and develops Track Times your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

Jun

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2016

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Preview Bible Studies for Life: Kids

As you may know, CentriKid is a part of LifeWay Kids. LifeWay Kids provides amazing, solid curriculum for your leaders as you disciple your kids week to week. Bible Studies For Life: Kids connects God’s Word to kids’ lives in an intentional way. You can help kids learn and grow in their faith by leading them to study God’s Word and how it applies to their lives.

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You can preview Bible Studies for Life for free, and see the lessons and all the resources available including music, games to review lessons, Activity Pages, teaching pictures, hands-on activities, videos, and even an app. There is now an additional worship hour resource to accompany each Bible Studies for Life lesson.

Preview the lessons for free, and contact us if we can help you get started with Bible Studies for Life.

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.

Jun

13

2016

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Get the Official OMC Game this summer!

You asked for it! Over the past year, we have gotten numerous requests to bring back the Official OMC Game to the camp store. You can now buy your own Official OMC Game in the CentriKid Camp store or online! You can also buy two different editions of the Official OMC Game: Yellow Edition and Messy Edition! The new edition, brought to you by CentriKid Camps, includes instructions and task cards for running your very own OMC game! Simply print out and cut apart as many cards as needed for your group.  Note: Each task card is different from those included in the original “boxed” edition of the OMC Game Kit. OMC stands for “Organized Mass Chaos”, and that is exactly what this game is! Players draw cards with tasks printed on them. (Example: “Take off a shoe, throw it like a football, and yell, ‘Touchdown!'”) Each player is doing something different at the same time. As one player rushes to complete their individual tasks, other players may interrupt for help to complete their own tasks. Players attempt to complete as many tasks as possible (one task at a time) before the game ends.

Here’s what you’ll receive when you buy an edition of the Official OMC Game in the Camp Store or Online Digital Pass:

  • A pack of high-quality OMC task cards to use with your church group.
  • A digital code to help you log-in to the OMC website where you can download the cards and print yourself (valid for two years past redemption of the code).
  • Countless games of fun and intentional relationships with the kids in your ministry.

You can buy them in the camp store, OR you can purchase them now in a digital download online! Click on the images below for the two editions of the Official OMC Game!

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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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It’s the first day of CentriKid 2016!

It is finally here! The day that we have been planning, preparing, and praying for: the first day of CentriKid 2016!
For the past year, we have been preparing for Unseen 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 16th 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: One Cup of Water and Backpacks of Hope.
  • We’ll be teaching kids about the armor of God, and how it is real and powerful although it is Unseen! Find out more about our spiritual direction here.
  • 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.

Whether we see you this week or another week, we can’t wait to serve your church group at camp this summer! Prepare for takeoff!

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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Submerged VBS OMC Task Cards

Your VBS is coming soon. For some of you, soon means next week. If you are interested in a large group game option for your VBS, I hope you will consider playing CentriKid’s official game, Organized Mass Chaos, or OMC!

Did you know each year the CentriKid Office teams up with the VBS writers to make theme specific task cards? Find them here! All you have to do is print these off and add them to your stack of OMC cards. 2016-vbs-logo-submerged-4-color

If you have never played OMC before here are the basics you need to know:

  • OMC stands for Organized Mass Chaos.
  • Split your kids into different groups. At CentriKid we split our groups up by color team, which coordinates with the grade the kids have completed.
  • The object of the game is for a group collectively to complete the most individual tasks.
  • Each kid is given a task card and whenever they complete it they put it in their teams bucket only to retrieve another task to complete.
  • The game lasts anywhere from 10-20 minutes based on supplies and the weather. (I would cut the game short if it is really hot.)

There are only three rules:

  1. You cannot say no.
  2. Return all equipment to the No Fly Zone.
  3. Do not enter the No Fly Zone.

You can buy your own copy of the Official OMC Game in the CentriKid Camp Store this summer! We’ve released a brand new edition that you can purchase and print off your own cards.

OMC is something to be experienced. I hope you get a chance to play it at your Vacation Bible School or Backyard Kids Club this summer.

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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2017 Camp Registration is now open!

Registration for CentriKid 2017 is officially open!We are excited to begin planning now for hosting campers and church leaders next summer. Don’t wait to register! This past summer, many of our locations and dates filled up by the end of summer. We want to ensure that you get to take your kids to your first choice of date and location next summer. The only way to do that is to register as soon as possible!

We are excited to offer several new locations and dates for 2017! The location pages are updated for each camp venue, and the Find a Camp By Date page is also updated to include both 2016 and 2017 camp dates.

Also, don’t forget that if you register by September 1st, you will a receive an awesome, 2017-themed Box of Chaos full of fun promotional items to help get your kids excited and signed-up for camp!

You can currently register in any of the following ways:i_m-in

  • Register online and manage you whole account online.
  • Call 1-877-CAMP-123 to speak with the Events Registration team.
  • When you attend camp this summer, you can text in your registration info during Adult Gathering.

At this point, no deposit is required.  You can reserve your spots for free, and then a non-refundable $50/participant deposit is due by February 15th. Your full camp balance will be due 14 days before your camp date.

For information about the CentriKid theme for 2017, you’ll have to pay close attention during closing at camp to get a sneak peak for next year!

As always, if you have any questions about a specific date, location, or registering, please email us at centrikid@lifeway.com

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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2017 Registration Opens on June 1

Mark your calendar, 2017 CentriKid registration opens June 1st. We are blessed to serve so many churches this summer through CentriKid, and believe it or not, we are already preparing for next summer!

The new dates and locations will all be released on June 1st for summer of 2017, and some of those camp dates will fill up very quickly!  In fact, we anticipate that several will fill up by the end of the summer. You will want to mark your calendar for June 1 to ensure that you get the date and location that you want! a

Between now and then, check with your church calendar, student camp dates, mission trip dates, and all the other things that have to be coordinated as you prepare to book kids camp dates. We want you to get the location and date you want for 2017, and the best way to do that is to register early. As an addition bonus, if you register by September 1st, you’ll receive and awesome Box of Chaos full of fun promotional items in the mail!

At this time, deposits are not due (view registration policies) but you want to get your spots reserved while they are available.

Contact us anytime if we can help with the questions or the registration process.

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.