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Campers Say the Funniest Things

Arguably one of the best aspects of being around kids is hearing the hilarious things they say. It is always interesting to think about what is going on in their minds. Hands down they are the best comedians, so we asked some of our staff to send us stories from their summers working with CentriKid.

My first week as Sam Magellan (the stage character in 2013), my character was crying on stage because he was sad that he had to leave the kids. When I said, “I won’t have any more friends or any more fun,” a little 3rd grade girl in the front rows yelled, “You are never alone, God is always with you!”
- Isaac Kierstead

Last summer I taught the tennis track.  One day it was particularly warm, and since it already gets very hot on the courts anyway, I was giving the kids a good water break and rest. As we were walking to the water coolers, one boy came up to me and complained about how much his feet hurt.  I tried to distract him from the pain by motivating him to keep going and talking about the fun things we were about to do after the break.  As I’m doing this, he looked up and me with the most serious eyes and whispered to me, “No, my toes literally tried to kill me last night,” and then proceeded to walk away and get water, leaving me in utter disbelief of what just happened.
- Vincent Thomas

Camper: Hey, I’ve really been thinking about this whole heaven thing. Can I ask you a question?
Me: Of course you can!!! Go for it! (I was anxiously excited to discuss eternity with a child.)
Camper: Heaven sounds amazing and all, but will there be Mt. Dew in heaven?? I’ve learned that heaven is a perfect place, so there has to be Mt. Dew in heaven, right?!
Me:
- DeLanna Johnson

During a week in Texas, I had a very small class of kids in my third grade Bible study (4 or 5 kids at most). I had this tiny precious girl that absolutely loved to do cheers, especially when walking to recreation. As our small cohort walked, she would lead our group in the “tiny might mellow yellow” cheer. With such great enthusiasm, none of the rest of her fellow campers were joining in. Despite such, she would so lovingly encourage everyone and yell at the end of the cheer, “THAT’S THE SPIRIT!” and then continue in the cheer once again to no avail.
- Carson Albritton

Last summer, my assistant director, Hannah, and I were talking to a kid on the yellow team who was in the Milky Way Bible study. We asked her which Bible study she was in, and she said, “I’m on the Milkshakes.”
- Micheal Walley

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One summer, I had a staffer whose mother would send mail to our team on a weekly basis. The staffer’s mom worked at a day camp, and one week she asked the kids at her camp to draw pictures and write notes for my team. She explained to the kids that CentriKid staffers leave their homes and travel around the country in order to tell others about Jesus. “They don’t get to see their families for the whole summer,” she explained, and she asked the kids to write encouraging notes to cheer us up (in case we were feeling sad or homesick).

When the pictures and notes came, we all enjoyed reading the comments and looking at the adorable pictures. They truly were encouraging…well, most of them. The note that my Assistant Director got was a simple picture of a large frown face and a note that read, “SoRrY yOur paRenTS don’T loVe you.” This poor little child clearly didn’t understand the reason we were away from home for so long…
- Henry Dutton
Share with us more of your funny stories by commenting, tweeting, or posting on Facebook. We love a good story about funny things kids say.

 

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.

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Explore the Bible Giveaway

Have you heard the exciting news? This fall, LifeWay Kids is launching a brand new curriculum called Explore the Bible: Kids! This curriculum is a brand-new, book-by-book study for kids that takes babies through preteens on a journey into Scripture where they’ll see the Bible in a way that will make them want to dig deep—building a foundation for life transformation.

We’re so excited about this new curriculum that we are giving away an ENTIRE YEAR of Explore the Bible for free – not only for your kids, but for your WHOLE CHURCH! Click here to see the details and enter in the contest!

family-heightExplore the Bible: Kids uses object-based learning to help kids dig deep! Kids will learn how the ark stacks up to other famous ships. They will experience the gigantic size of Goliath compared to…their own dad. Kids explore the people, places, and objects of the Bible in historical context and compare them to modern–day life.

In each session, adults and students study the same passage of Scripture, while kids study the same concept within the same book, incorporating narrative elements throughout the Bible to create a rich, kid–friendly lesson—especially helpful when it comes to books kids may not understand as easily, such as Jeremiah or Revelation. A family memory verse helps the entire family dwell on each session’s concept.

For more information about Explore the Bible: Kids, check out our 3-year Study Plan, spend some time exploring the website, subscribe to our blog, and even preview one full month of the curriculum for FREE!

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

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2014 CentriKid Prep #10: Meet Your Camp Leaders

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.
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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!

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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Summer NAMB Missions Project: Mosaic Church

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.

The other half of the money that you give will go to the IMB and the One Cup of Water Project. You can read all about that project here.

Henry Dutton

Henry received a BA in Christian Studies and English from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a Masters degree from the seminary. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

How to Get Your Church to Support Going to Camp

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.

  1. Talk about your goals.  You should have goals for camp related to attendance, spiritual conversations, and follow-up after camp.   Aim for something and pray expectantly for God to work in the hearts and lives of your group.
  2. Involve the church in supporting camp financially and spiritually.  Fundraising is a common part of preparing for camp, but don’t settle for simply covering the logistics.  Involve the church body in praying for camp and involve them in spiritual conversations with kids after camp too.
  3. Share the spiritual direction.  Make them aware of the fun things that will happen but also explain to the church the spiritual content that kids will learn over the course of the week at camp.
  4. Tell stories from previous camp experiences.  Get testimonials from kids who went last year, adults who went last year, youth who went a couple of years ago, and even share from your own experience as the group leader.  From every vantage point, you can talk about the life change that takes place at camp.
  5. Connect to the overall ministry goals at church.  Make sure your camp can align  with your church’s goals for ministry.  At CentriKid, we provide an experience that allows opportunities to focus on goals that your church may have for kids ministry:  evangelism, discipleship, clear presentation of the Gospel, age-appropriateness, family involvement, easy ‘first event’ for visitors, learning spiritual disciplines, worship for kids, and missions understanding.

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.

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.

2014 CentriKid Prep #9: What To Expect When You Arrive

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!

Henry Dutton

Henry received a BA in Christian Studies and English from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a Masters degree from the seminary. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

REMINDER: Care Package & Camp Store Card Pre-Orders are Due on Monday

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 centrikid@lifeway.com with any questions!

Ellie Doom

Ellie graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Public Relations/Youth and Nonprofit Leadership. She has worked camp since 2010 and joined our office team in August of 2012.

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2014 CentriKid Prep #8: Camp Sneak Peak

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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 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!

Ellie Doom

Ellie graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Public Relations/Youth and Nonprofit Leadership. She has worked camp since 2010 and joined our office team in August of 2012.

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CentriKid Camps Name Change – April Fools’

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:

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X Centrikids

X CentraKid

X CenterKid

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!

Henry Dutton

Henry received a BA in Christian Studies and English from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a Masters degree from the seminary. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

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Help Us Choose a New Name for 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.

Henry Dutton

Henry received a BA in Christian Studies and English from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a Masters degree from the seminary. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.