by Michelle Garland/ December 14, 2016
If you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days to sunshine and warmer weather. It’s fun to think that in just five months, summer will be here again. With summer comes one of my favorite things all year long: district kids camp! It can be hard to think about camp this time of year, especially coming out of the busy holiday season. It seems so far away, but you know it will be here before you can even blink your eyes. That means now is the best time to start putting your plan into place.
Here are a few things to think about to help make your 2017 camp preparation as seamless as possible!
In North Texas, one of the ways we try to prepare for camp early is by offering a program for our kids’ pastors called “Camp for Christmas.” Many parents are going to pay full price for their kids to attend summer camp, so why not allow them to do it early and then offer it to their kids as a Christmas present?
We also offer our lowest prices of the camp season for any kids/leaders who register by December 31. It’s a win for us as the district to have churches register that early. It’s a win for kids’ pastors to lock in low rates. And it’s a win for parents to be able to give camp as a gift. If we can have Christmas in July, why shouldn’t we encourage Camp for Christmas?
You could take this same concept and translate it for parents to utilize on a different holiday or a special day. They could even provide their child with camp for their birthday, the day they get baptized, Easter, graduation, etc. There are so many ways to do this, so get creative!
The bottom line is this: Don’t wait for April to roll around to begin thinking about kids’ camp. Camp is such an important piece in a kid’s spiritual journey. Many of us learned to hear the voice of God at camp, we were called into ministry at camp, and we were filled with the Holy Spirit at camp. Let’s make getting kids to camp a priority for us, for their parents, and for them!