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 loves spending family time with his wife Emily and their daughter Madison.

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