Archive for February, 2016

Recruiting the Orange Team

When people ask me who the craziest color team is at camp, most people assume I will say the Blue 5th graders or all of those little Yellow 3rd graders. The Truth- the Orange team! Few teams are more excited for I Can’t Wait, make more noise during their cheer (even if they don’t know ALL the words), or cover me in more shaving cream during OMC. But what happens when you are having trouble finding those adults for your team?

Here are few tips to help you find the Orange Team you are looking for:

Ask them!
I know, it seems simple but this is the best place to start. When I say ask them, I don’t mean putting a slide up during the opening of the service or typing a paragraph in the bulletin. Although these can help, take some time and be very intentional about who you ask to come to camp. Share with them the impact that they can have on the kids and the amazing responsibility that they are given at camp to be a role model to these kids as the Gospel message is preached. By sharing with them that you trust them with this responsibility and the importance of this position, you will be able to find volunteers that share your excitement for sharing the Gospel with these kids in an atmosphere full of fun!
Play OMC!
After a Sunday service, have lunch with your kids, parents, and volunteers and then play a great game of OMC. Let your volunteers play and don’t forget lots of shaving cream, pool noodles, and tasks cards. This is a great way to have fun with the different people who are part of your ministry and also give them ways to interact with the kids outside of the Sunday School room or the Worship Center. At the end, don’t forget to tie it back to the Gospel!
Team Assistants!
Do you have any students in your ministry that love children? If they are a Junior in high school through college, they are able to serve as Team Assistants. Team Assistants give your students a chance to serve alongside you as a chaperone for your kids but they also get to be a part of our camp team for the week. Whether it is helping out at Recreation or Track Times, they will see a glimpse into what it is like to be a camp staffer. Check out some more information about Team Assistants HERE.

We can’t wait to see you and your group leaders at camp this summer!

Isaac Kierstead

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Studio Art and Editing and Writing. He started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2014. Isaac designs a lot of the items you’ll see at camp this summer, helps with track development, puts together group leader information and staff manuals. His favorite part of camp is I Can’t Wait and track times.





How to Pay Your Camp Deposit for 2016

For any group currently registered for camp this summer, the $50/person camp deposit is due on February 15, 2016. This is an important deadline because it helps us with getting supplies together and proper staffing for the summer – and if you’ve ever been on the waiting list before, you know this is a time when groups on the waiting list anticipate getting a call about spots opening up.

This is your chance to reduce your number of spots with no penalty. If you have already registered, you are required to pay a $50 non-refundable deposit per person to hold your reservation. Any new or additional reservations made after February 15 will require an immediate $50 non-refundable deposit per person. ALL lost deposits are non-refundable and cannot be applied toward balance due.

To pay your camp deposit, the group leader can log-in to manage your account online (here is a helpful tutorial video) or you can call our Events Registration team at 1-877-CAMP-123. They expect lots of calls on Monday the 15th, so to avoid a longer wait-time by calling on Friday or by managing your account online.

We look forward to a great summer of camp, and we know God has big plans for your group as we study Ephesians 6 at CentriKid 2016: Unseen.

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.





3-D Kickball

The warm weather we’ve been experiencing lately has gotten me ready for summer and all the fun games that come with it! The great part about this game is it can be played outdoors in warm weather but also in a gym during the winter. At CentriKid, we love this game so much that we play it with our entire summer staff at our training week! We think your kids will love playing it too. 3-D Kickball can be a good opportunity to let the kids run around and experience a little bit of controlled chaos even during the cold months.


How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Choose three pitchers from the fielding team. Ask the kicking team to line up behind the three kicking spots. To play, all three pitchers should roll the balls simultaneously. Once a player kicks a ball, he or she may run to any base he or she chooses.

Runners may run the bases in any order, but they must touch all three bases before returning home to score. runners may touch any of the three kicking spots to score. Runners are not required to advance, and each base may accommodate multiple runners. Rummers may not steal bases and must stop running once the pitchers have recovered all three balls.

The fielding team may force a runner out by catching the ball or by tagging him or her with the ball (below the waist). The number of outs per inning is not limited. Instead turn over innings every two minutes.

One of our promises to you at CentriKid is that we will root everything in scripture, and we love to connect everything back to God’s Word at CentriKid. I’ve provided a spiritual connection for you to use as you play this game.

Read John 14:6

Ask: How is this game different from normal kickball? (You could run the bases in any order)

Say: In this game, there are multiple ways to make it back to home plate and score, but in life, there is only one way to be rescued from our sin and have a relationship with God. Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again to rescue us. Because He is still alive today, we can trust him to save us and give us life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Bonus info:
The game explanation and debrief were adapted from our Recreation: rooted in scripture book. If you didn’t get one last year, you can be sure to grab one this summer at a CentriKid Camp Store. It has this game and many more, broken down into explanation, debrief, and what equipment you will need. Hope you enjoy this game, and be on the lookout for it this summer at CentriKid!

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 which your kids will experience at camp this summer. In addition to CentriKid, Vincent helps develop the ETCH Conference and VBS Preview Events.

Always Point to Jesus

What is the driving force of your kids ministry on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and any time you meet the kids that attend your church?

On Sundays, my wife and I serve in our church’s kids ministry. Yesterday, a few of us had lunch with our kids pastor to plan for the month of February. At the beginning of lunch, my kids pastor cast the vision that we always wanted to point every Sunday’s main point toward the gospel. While it might be easy to teach a moral or a behavior modification, we need to always be pointing these kids to the source of life-transformation, Jesus Christ.

The lifeblood of CentriKid Camps is to always point to Jesus at every chance. You will never see a time of worship at Gospel with kids poster thumbnailcamp where the gospel is not presented. You will see every single game on the recreation field or at track times always rooted in scripture and pointing to the gospel of Christ. Our goal is that no kid leaves camp without a life-changing encounter with Jesus, and we do not want to miss a single opportunity to share that good news! We pray that your kids ministry shares a similar vision and strives to always point to Jesus at every opportunity.

Here are three tips to help always use the gospel in your kids ministry:

  1. Evaluate your ministry. As early as this Wednesday or Sunday, ask yourself, “How are we doing?” Take a look at all aspects of your programming (Sunday School, small groups, large groups, children’s church, etc), and truly evaluate how clearly the gospel is presented during it. If you find the gospel is not clearly presented, make a goal to have a plan of action to improve by the next time you meet with your kids.
  2. Cast vision with your volunteers. Like the kids pastor at my church, meet with your leaders and clearly cast the vision for your kids ministry to focus on the gospel. Show your volunteers ways how to incorporate the gospel into every activity, game, and teaching time. 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. This “meeting” could look like a lunch, or could simply be a short meeting before your normally scheduled time.
  3. Find resources to help. You are not alone! There are tons of great resources out there to help share the gospel with kids. If your curriculum is missing the gospel in favor of teaching them a good moral, find a curriculum that clearly points kids to Jesus. 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!

If you are lucky, you have the kids in your ministry maybe an hour or two each week. If that’s the case, at most, you will have only 52 hours (or less!) of their attention for an entire year. How much of that time will you spend sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in 2016?

Micheal Walley

Micheal is a CentriKid Camp Specialist and a volunteer in his church's kidmin each week. He has been serving with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.