Recently, I had the opportunity to speak as a part of CentriKid Camps again. One of my favorite parts of speaking with CentriKid is the opportunity
that I have to share the stage with my friend Dylan Arms and his band. One of their members is a “kid” I once had in kid’s ministry during my early years of ministry named Coleman. A kid who grew up fast. That little, quiet first grader quickly grew into a seasoned lead guitar player, who now leads me in my spiritual walk. While at CentriKid this summer, Coleman and I recalled “that week of camp that summer” when I took him to camp. Each year, “that week of camp” made a profound impact on Coleman’s life.
Overnight camps like CentriKid are not just an opportunity for kids to get away. It’s a ministry that makes a huge impact. It’s a ministry that changes perspectives. It’s a ministry that God uses to change hearts. How?
- Overnight Christian kids camps give kids the unique opportunity of being able to live in a kid’s world for a week. In a world bombarded with adult life, kid’s camps are a time for kids to sing and laugh and play and get messy. Adults even join in the fun. While our world’s TV shows, advertisements, and even coffee shops are geared to adults, it’s nice to know there’s still a special place for kids to be themselves.
- Overnight Christian kid’s camps provide memorable experiences. As we talked about camp, Coleman didn’t remember every small group activity or every craft we made in kids ministry but he did remember his Track Time Leader. He did remember his Bible Study at camp. He did remember the worship band. He did remember that first night away from home. He did remember how he trusted God for the first time. Why? Because camp matters. Camp is a spiritual marker. It’s a moment, although now 15 years old for Coleman, is still etched in his heart.
- Overnight Christian kid’s camps focus on what’s most important – Jesus. Games matter. Communication matters. Stage acting matters. Why? Because a kids camp that focuses on Jesus, focuses on Him at all times. Coleman and I recalled what God taught both of us – kids pastor and kid – every year at camp.
This year, as we near the end of the summer season, remember the importance of why you send your child to an overnight camp. It’s more than just a summer event. It’s more than “one of those things you do.” It’s a life-changing event. It’s a mark. It matters. It’s important.
When your child looks back on his life, he probably won’t remember every detail of last week’s Sunday School lesson or even last month’s memory verse – but he will remember the impact of a week of camp.
That week when he was “on his own.” And it was all ok.
That week when God made sense for the first time. And it was all ok.
That week when life was fun and made up of dancing and laughing and screaming out loud. And it was all ok.
That week at camp that summer. That week that Coleman and I talked about last week. That week that your child will talk about in 15 years. That week that your child will look back on when he needs remember what it was like…When it was all ok.
About the Guest Blogger:
DAVID PEARSON is from Greenville SC. David served as Children’s Pastor for 13 years and as Family & Operations Pastor at Springwell Church in Taylors SC for the last four years. David is a children’s ministry consultant, writes curriculum for various children’s curriculum publishers, and speaks at children’s ministry conferences and churches across the southeast, and has served as Camp Pastor for CentriKid since 2011.