We encounter church leaders and parents looking for the best options for summer camp for their kids – and it is a big deal because camp can have a meaningful impact on the spiritual journey of a child.
Here are 4 things to look for when choosing a camp:
- What is their “main thing”? We emphasize the importance of the Gospel in every aspect of CentriKid, and we are grateful for the trust shown by thousands of church leaders and parents as they give us the opportunity to make the message of Christ clear in the lives of kids through camp.
- Is it a safe place? Many parents and group leaders contact us to ask about dietary concerns and housing options – but we are also concerned with the size of campus, the proximity of main roads to campers walking, the condition of fields for recreation, and even the “climate” or culture of the camp atmosphere. Camp should be safe for kids on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
- Do they strive for excellence? As you learn about a new camp, evaluate the excellence of what you see. Does the staff respond to you in a professional manner? Do the activities seem haphazard or well-prepared? Do program elements start on time every time?
- Does this camp look fun? Fun is essential to camp, but don’t solely judge a camp based on the waterfront toys or recreational activities. Make sure the other elements are in place first, but before you sign up, make sure it looks like something your kids will enjoy being a part of.
At CentriKid, we take each of these aspects seriously (yes, even fun!) because there are a lot of ways to fill up a summer, but camp can be more than just another week on the calendar. We are passionate about helping make the Gospel real in the lives of kids while they have a great time at camp!