This time of year, I like to think about my first summer serving on camp staff and how I couldn’t wait for the semester to end and camp to begin. I was gonna be a Crosspoint staffer and I was really excited about it. I was finally gonna get to be a staffer! It was really happening!
My enthusiasm was rooted in the great experience I had as a camper at Crosspoint and at Centrifuge. There are so many memories from my experience as a camper … particularly the summer after my 8th grade year when all I cared about was making the high school basketball team. It was during my week at Crosspoint when I “got it” that I could be a Christian and an athlete at the same time… and in fact, this was part of God’s call on my life.
Crosspoint helped tons of kids just like me to “get it” and grow in faith in Christ. Many other campers came to know Christ for the very first time at Crosspoint. For 24 summers “where the desire to excel athletically and the message of Christ meet” was Crosspoint Christian Sports Camps. In 2009, we held the last camps to be called “Crosspoint” and made the decision to roll these camps into the CentriKid Camp program. The world of camps has changed dramatically since 1986, especially the market of sports-related camps. We saw the attendance of Crosspoint continue to decline while specialty sports camps and college coach-sponsored camps increased. We also recognized the need that church leaders have… to be able to bring all their kids to a camp with a wide range of activities.
So I felt I should write this post today to do two things: celebrate Crosspoint and revisit why I’m OK with the decision to roll it into CentriKid Camps.
So, celebrate Crosspoint with me today:
- comment to tell a favorite memory or story from your Crosspoint experience
- take a look at the “Wall of Fame” and see the rockin’ t-shirts and hairstyles Crosspoint staff have worn thru the years
- call or write to share a word of appreciation with your group leader who took you to camp (former campers) or your camp director or coordinator (former staffers)
And know that I (like many of you) certainly miss the name “Crosspoint” but I am so excited about the ministry of CentriKid Camps and the way God is moving in the hearts of campers, adults, and staffers. I’m OK with this change because:
- CentriKid now offers more sports than ever before … almost all the same ones as Crosspoint!
- CentriKid is the best kids camp option out there … check out our promises.
- CentriKid is able to focus on the needs of a specific age range of campers…from 3rd to 6th grade.
- FUGE Camps now offer middle-school only weeks at Carson Newman College for those ministers who separate their middle schoolers from high schoolers, and for those groups who used Crosspoint as their middle-school camp.
- We’ve learned that a large majority of group leaders coming to camp have the responsibility of working with elementary age kids.
I’m excited about the future of CentriKid as a ministry helping make the message of Christ clear to kids and encouraging adults who work in children’s ministry. We are always listening and learning so we can continue to serve churches well and partner with them to meet the needs of their groups.