It’s officially fall! Leaves are turning, the weather is starting to cool off, and all the best snack foods have released a limited edition pumpkin spice flavor. It may feel like a long time until summer will be back again, but fall is actually the best time to start planning summer camp for your Kids Ministry. Grab some candy corn and check out these three reasons why.
1 – Plan Now to Make Camp Part of Your Year-Round Discipleship Plan
The theme is a huge part of camp, and we hope it goes home with you. In 2019 our theme at Student Life For Kids is “Transformed” (2 Cor 5:17). We’re excited to talk about the way God makes us totally new when he changes our hearts. You’ll be able to get the most out of your camp experience when you can spend a week before camp to prepare kids for the theme and a week after camp to debrief.2 – Plan Now to Get the Camp Date You Want
Summer camp is a transformational experience, so space at camp can fill up quickly! There’s a limited amount of space every summer, and signing up in the fall is the best way to ensure your group is able to be at camp when it works best for you. To make it easy for you to plan, Lifeway Kids allows you to reserve space at camp and pay deposits later (in the spring).
3 – Plan Now to Help Parents Plan
It may seem crazy to share summer camp plans with your church in the fall, but it’s a great way to help parents plan. When you get to camp next summer, you’ll want to have as many kids (and parents) with you as possible. You can help families avoid conflicts with the family vacation and make summer camp part of their plans by letting them know early.
A week at summer camp can make an eternal impact in the life of a kid, and it can be a catalyst for your ministry. Many kids will only get one week to be at summer camp, so now is the best time to start planning. Take some time to check out Student Life For Kids or CentriKid, and make camp part of your discipleship plan next summer!
Logan Meek leads the Student Life for Kids team. Logan joined the Student Life For Kids team in 2014 after spending two years as a Sixth Grade teacher with Teach For America. He believes in the importance of strong kids ministry to help kids build strong spiritual foundations.