OMC holds a special place in our hearts here at CentriKid. It’s a highlight of camp, the ultimate of messy games, and now even a product for churches to take home!
I am especially attached to this trademark of CK because I’ve had the great privilege of being a part of it from its conception. This week, in working on Rec, I took a minute to revisit my Rec Director notes from 2003. Inside I found something I haven’t seen in 5 years… the notes from that original “Day 3 Rec” brainstorming session. Here is where the phenomenon we now know as OMC began, around a picnic table at Jonathan Creek, KY. Take a look!
That first year was a mess in many ways. We used brown paper sacks to collect tasks (called “slips”). Our slips were printed on white typing paper. Our station numbers were laminated colored pages, taped to stakes and stuck in the ground. Everyone turned in completed tasks to the same area (imagine hundreds of kids running toward one park bench to find their team’s paper sack among 15 others!) But, it was a success and only gets better each year. What amazes me is the original goals that still drive what we do during OMC.