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?
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.
Camp is quickly approaching and as you get your group prepared for time with CentriKid this summer, don’t miss out on our awesome promotional resources! Go to our Promotional Resources tab and check out the great, free promotional pieces you can download as you get ready to come to camp!
Here are some highlights of what we offer:
For decorating your church:
–Posters, Stickers, Camp Brochures, Flyers
Use these in your kids ministry to communicate deadlines, promote camp, and get families excited for the adventure that awaits your group coming to CentriKid!
–Bulletin inserts, postcards, email headers, theme art, CentriKid logos
Use these pieces as you email parents, make announcements on Sundays, and make your own CentriKid informational pieces for your kids ministry.
Print out our Postcard Download and have different small groups in your church write notes to kids at camp! You can collect these before you leave for camp and pass them out at Church Group Time during the week so each camper has a piece of mail to open at camp.
–iPhone backgrounds, special edition OMC cards, sticker templates
Use these as camp approaches to build anticipation for camp! Campers and adult volunteers can download a themed iPhone background for their phone; your group can play pre-camp OMC with special task cards to get ready for the best day of camp; and you can print CentriKid stickers as a promotional piece so that kids go home with a reminder about camp for their parents to see!
All of these great resources await you on our website. Be sure to check it out now and get your group ready for CentriKid 2017. Adventure Awaits!
Group Leader Information is online for 2017!
Click HERE to download a packet specific to your camp location. The CentriKid team has worked hard to apply the insights you have given us and make things easier for you.
We want camp 2017 to be your best summer ever and we hope that our updated Group Leader Information will help equip you with everything you need to make this possible!
You’ll notice a few small changes we’ve made for 2017.
On the cover we have a small sneak-peak to help you find what you need!
You’ll notice, we’ve made our Parent Packet a separate document this year, so you can easily download and print off as many as you need for your pre-camp parent meeting. Be sure to download Group Leader Information from your location for yourself and point your parents to our Parent Packet as you prepare for camp!
As the Group Leader for your church/ministry, this document includes everything you will need to effectively prepare and lead a group to CentriKid. Whether it’s your first year at camp or your seventh summer in a row, this document will be your guide as you gear up for Adventure Awaits!
Every year, CentriKid fans around the world celebrate National OMC Day to celebrate our favorite game in the world: Organized Mass Chaos!
So what is #NationalOMCDay?
We’re glad you asked! Organized Mass Chaos is the incredible, messy, and fun game that we play every year at CentriKid Camps. OMC is a game worth celebrating, and National OMC Day is a time to celebrate it!
Here’s how you can join the fun of National OMC Day 2016:
1. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 9 and plan to wear a CentriKid shirt that day.
2. Change your profile pic to our #NationalOMCDay graphic (to the right) on that day.
3. On November 9, be watching the CentriKid social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We’ll post tasks all day. Take a pic of you doing the task and post it using #NationalOMCDay.
4. BONUS: If your kids ministry plays OMC on #NationalOMCDay, then you guys will be featured on our blog! If you’d like to purchase an edition of the OMC game to play with your ministry, you can find it here!
See you November 9 for #NationalOMCDay!
This week, our CentriKid office team is away from the office at something we call “Eval Week,” a time where we celebrate what God did throughout the summer and discuss ways (from your feedback!) that we can make next summer even better.
Before we ever jumped in to details and discussion, we spent time as a team praying over the decisions that were made and seeds that were planted at camp. Because of how God worked through CentriKid’s “Unseen,” hundreds of kids now have a relationship with Christ and many others are continuing to grow in their faith.
We are excited to officially announce our 2016 Ministry Results!
Wow! Please take time to say a quick prayer thanking God for how he continues to work through CentriKid to impact the kingdom of God.
You can also find other awesome and fun ministry results here on the Ministry Results page on CentriKid.com!
Thanks for joining us for Unseen, and we hope to see you next year for CentriKid 2017, Adventure Awaits: Follow the One, True Light! Click here to find out more about Adventure Awaits! You can also check out all of our dates, locations, and how to register here or by calling 1-877-CAMP-123. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp starts next month, can you believe it? We are so excited to serve your church, kids, and adults this summer. There are different themes, different games, different bible stories every year at camp, but you can always count on these four things every year at CentriKid.
Rooted in Scripture
Communicating the Gospel to kids is why we do camp. At CentriKid you’ll find solid biblical content woven throughout every element of camp, from interactive Bible studies and fun rec games to worship, activity tracks, and even hang time. We are a camp with a clear purpose – building a biblical foundation for kids.
A Seriously Safe Place
We take safety seriously, and make it a priority with kids. At camp you’ll find a safe place for kids – emotionally, spiritually, and physical. You can rest assured that our trained staff value the safety of your kids!
Ministry through Relationships
Our staff will invest in your kids’ lives by showing the love of God through the way they live. Staffers aren’t performers; they are ministers. Meanwhile, we take care of all the details of camp, so you can focus on relationships with your kids rather than running around with a clipboard delegating tasks, or worrying about picking up the rec field.
Kid Friendly Programming
We are committed to providing excellent programming that keeps kids engaged. We know they learn differently at each stage of life. We train our staff to teach kids about Christ in a way they can grown and learn with kids their own age. In addition to Bible study, we keep God’s Word at the center of every aspect of camp.
We can’t wait to serve you and your church at camp this summer!
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:
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!
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!
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!
Group Leader Information is online for 2016! Click HERE to download a packet specific to your location. Once you begin to look through Group Leader Information, you will soon notice that it looks different. The CentriKid team has worked hard to take the insight that you have given us and apply it to make it easier for you.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU. The first page of Group Leader Information gives you information about who will be your Director and Assistant Director at camp and how to contact them. You can also find information on housing for that location and how family or friends can send letters to you and your kids while at camp. This page will also give you some important information about the camp location you will be attending.
TRACK TIME CARDS AND INFO. The second and third page is all about my favorite part of camp–Track Times! Check out the track descriptions on page 2 and be sure that every kids fills out one of the Track Time Cards from page 3. Every locations Track Time Card is different so be sure that you only get this from your specific Group Leader Info. One fun way to be sure that everyone fills out a Track Time Card is to fill it out on the bus on your way to camp. This will help time go by if you have a longer drive and you can have fun getting the kids excited for all of the fun they will have at camp!
LOCATION INFORMATION. For some even more in-depth information about your location check out page 5. Here, you will find a map and some tips you should know before you go to camp. To find your schedule, check out page 6 of Group Leader Info. On this page is a helpful reminder about what color each kid (and adult) will be wearing at OMC!
CHECKLISTS. I love checklists! You can find an in-depth checklist to help you prepare for camp on page 6 and 7. On this checklist, you can find links to this year’s participant list (the blue box) as well as information about how to bring a nurse to camp. You can also find the dates when deposits and forms are due.
FOR THE PARENTS. Parent meetings are an important part of getting the information out prior to camp. Page 8 has some helpful tips about the information you should go over with your parents. Be sure to have them sign the release forms and collect any order forms for Camper Care Packages. You can find the release forms in the Parent Packet or on the Group Leader Info page. On this page is also a link to order your Church group’s Camper Care Packages and Camp Store Cards. This needs to be filled out BEFORE JUNE 1st. When you arrive at camp, you can give the store manager a completed Group Order Summary that can be found on page 11. This will be used to cross reference what you ordered online.
At camp, we tie everything to the Gospel and we want to help you as the church group leader continue these conversations after camp. Page 9 has some suggestions on how to follow up with your kids after camp. Page 10 has all the information you will need about Team Assistants at camp!
SPECIAL ATTENTION CARDS. Special Attention cards can be found on Page 12. This are a way that our staff would like to serve you more. Please fill these out for any child who needs a little special attention at camp. These can range from anything to an allergy or broken arm to a child who’s family is going through a divorce or they need some extra prayer from the staff. Also, this is a great way to let us know if anyone is having a birthday from your group.
Camp will be here before we know it and Group Leader Information is the first step to preparing for it. We can’t wait to see all of you this summer!
Here is a great game that is simple, tons of fun, and you can scale up or down depending on how many will be playing the game. If you came to camp in 2015, your kids played this game, so they might still remember it.
–Large area space (depending on number of kids, the area of half a basketball court can work…a larger space just works better, especially with larger groups).
–Lots and lots of frisbees.. the more the merrier
–Buckets or hula hoops
Setting up the playing field:
–The field should be a large, flat area. Ideally outside, but inside a gym is plenty of space and tons of fun too!
–You should mark off a launch zone in the center of the field (this is where a few volunteers will be launching frisbees the entire time).
–Depending on the number of teams, you’ll need that same number of buckets or collecting zones where each team will bring their frisbees back to.
–At the beginning of the game the frisbees start in the center launch zone.
Game play and rules:
Once the game begins, the volunteers in the center circle will start throwing out the frisbees every which way, and this should continue happening essentially the whole time. The goal of the game is to get the frisbees into your team’s bucket/collecting zone. The winner in the end is the team who gets the most frisbees to its bucket.
Once a player has a frisbee in hand he cannot move his feet. Instead he must throw the frisbee to someone else on his team. A member of another team cannot steal a frisbee from the hands of another player, but can intercept or knock down a pass in the air.
–Have a goalie who catches all the frisbees to put them in the bucket.
–Make a rule that players cannot steal from the buckets.
–Assign runners (either volunteers or players) whose job it is to bring frisbees from the buckets to the center circle..bringing them back in groups of ten helps keep track of points.
We all love this game, and we hope this game helps you in your ministry. Have fun!
It is that time of year again: the weather gets a little cooler, the leaves begin to change, and you need to start thinking about what in the world you are going to do for the fall festival. If you are looking for some additional game ideas…look no more! Here are four of my favorite fall game ideas:
Pumpkin Ring Toss
For this game you need a few good sized pumpkins with long stems and a few round objects (maybe ropes, or rings of some sort.) If you are doing your fall fest at night, glow sticks might work well. Place the pumpkins and assign different point values for each one. Then, mark a throwing line, and you are ready to play Pumpkin Ring Toss!
This is a game that will look good tying in with the fall theme and is simple to do. All you need to do is hide a few items of your choice preferably in some hay bales, but loose hay can work fine as well. You’ll want to spread the hay a bit so kids can reach down inside. Before you begin, determine the amount of items you will allow each kid to find and how many kids can be searching at once.
All you need is a few rolls of toilet paper. The object is to see how fast one person can wrap the other, like a mummy, with a whole roll of toilet paper. I would suggest making this a race between two teams of two. Maybe I like this one so much because it reminds me of OMC…nonetheless, kids are bound to love this game.
Fall Fest OMC
Add a fall twist to our timeless game: check out the additional fall-themed cards here.
I hope these ideas are able to help you out, and that you are able to use your fall festival to allow kids to have a ton of fun and be in a Christ-centered environment.