Camp is a mountaintop experience. Camp represents a peak – a special occasion where things are uniquely different. It may be a mountaintop for a child because he or she accomplishes some type of physical goal, overcomes homesickness, or makes a spiritual decision. One danger of a mountaintop experience, though, is falling into a spiritual slump after coming down off the mountain. As a leader or parent, this is a great opportunity to go deeper in relationship with your campers and help reinforce the positive differences you see.
We believe that life-change happens best in the context of relationships. In the 21st century, there are so many ways to connect with other people: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FaceTime, Skype, text messages, email, and many more. In our media and tech-driven society, though, we must not devalue the importance of real, face-to-face interactions and relationships. Kids are concrete thinkers, and they need “concrete” adults in their lives to help solidify a lifestyle of spiritual growth that reflects the spiritual decisions they’ve made at camp. Don’t miss this chance to really dig deep and challenge your kids to continue to grow in relationship with Christ.
Here are 5 Tips for Avoiding the After Camp Spiritual Slump:
- Allow kids an opportunity to share with the church what they learned at camp.
- Equip parents to engage their kids in spiritual conversations. We have questions that can help!
- Provide a time for the kids that went to camp to meet together for Bible study and prayer.
- Ask the music minister to include a song from camp in worship.
- Encourage kids to get into a regular devotional magazine after they use their devotion book from CentriKid.
We invest a lot in kids at camp, and we care for their growth after camp, too! Let us know how your kids continue to grow in the things of God after their camp experience.