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Camp Can-Do

Courtney Walsh

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If a lack of resources has you looking at a list of "summer can'ts," we've got a lot of "cans" for you! Stay right in town and give your kids amazing, camp-like memories-all on a shoestring budget. Want to give kids a memorable, camp-like experience this summer-but your budget's busted? Rather than fretting about all the things you can't do with your kids, let us help you focus on the wonderful opportunities you can have-regardless of budget constraints.
We've created three super-fun, super faith-filled themes you can use this summer with kids-without worry over time or money. Try one or all!

  1. Creation Camp: 
    Creative Creation - Let kids exercise their creative juices as they learn about God's creation. 
    Water Split - Here's a wet-and-wild challenge all kids will enjoy.
    Big Bowling Bash - Add a new spin on this game with things kids find when they bowl. 
    Mini Apple Pies - Taste God's sweet creation: fruit!
    Bug Barn - Take care of God's creation with this fun craft.  
  2. I <3 Camp
    Water Balloon Relay - If kids don't get along well in this game, they'll find themselves soaked.
    Big Hearted - Kids will see that God's love reaches to everyone -- no matter where they come from. 
    Ultimate Keep-Away - Everyone gets to play, but everyone gets left out in this version of Tag.
    Fruit Kabobs - Just like the fruit combination they'll eat, kids can get along with people different from them.
    Painted Rocks - Kids will create some strange-looking friends. 
  3. God's Planarama 
    Step-by-Step Relay - Kids will navigate your plan to get through your crazy challenge course.
    Ice Cream in a Can - All things come together for good--a sweet ice creat treat.
    Dribble, Dribble, Splatter - Splash kids' faith as they understand that God has called them for his plan.
    God's Plan Box - Kids will create a memory box to help them remember God's plan for them. 
    Joseph's Journey - Kids will collaborate to learn God's plan for Joseph. 

Here are extra games and a sample schedule to use these ideas in a mini-camp!  

Sample Schedules
To make it even easier, you can use this schedule for your mini-camp during the day. Or, choose a camp experience for one evening and then have kids stay at your church for a fun overnight experience!

Creation Camp

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Worship
9:20-9:40 Game 1: Water Split
9:40-10:00 Devotion: Creative Creation
10:00-10:20 Snack: Mini Apple Pies
10:20-10:40 Game 2: Big Bowling Bash
10:40-11:00 Craft: Bug Barn


Heart Camp

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Worship
9:20-9:40 Game 1: Water Balloon Relay
9:40-10:00 Devotion: Big Hearted
10:00-10:20 Snack: Fruit Kabob
10:20-10:40 Game 2: Ultimate Keep Away
10:40-11:00 Craft: Painted Rocks


God's Planarama

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Worship
9:20-9:40 Game 1: Step-by-Step Relay
9:40-10:00 Devotion: Joseph's Journey
10:00-10:20 Snack: Ice Cream in a Can
10:20-10:40 Game 2: Dribble, Dribble, Splatter
10:40-11:00 Craft: God's Plan Box


Want to add some extra games? Here's an extra game for each camp!

Creation Camp
God spoke, and it was there! Can your kids think of creation that quickly?
Creation Concentration
You'll Need: ball
Have kids stand in a circle. Toss the ball around. When kids catch the ball, they have 2 seconds to shout out the name of something God created, such as a zebra or an oak tree. Then the child will pass the ball to someone else.
If a child can't think of a creation in time, or if they repeat something that's been said, he or she must sit down. But they can get right back in the game by jumping up if someone else gets stuck and shouting out an answer.
Ask: • What was it like to think of things God created so quickly?
• How do you think God created the world so quickly?

I Heart Camp
Kids will practice seeing how everyone is different, but we're all loved by God.
Guess Who?
Have kids stand in a circle. Choose one child to start the game. That child will secretly think of someone else in the circle and name one thing they have in common with that person, and one thing that's different about them. For instance, "We're both girls, but I'm wearing sneakers and she's wearing flip flops." The other kids will try to guess who the person is thinking of.
Ask: • Why is it important to understand how people are different from you?
• How can you find things to love about someone who seems very different from you?

God's Planarama
It looks like a simple game, but kids will have to figure out your plan!
You'll Need: sidewalk chalk, paper, pen
Before kids arrive, use sidewalk chalk to make a 5x5 grid of squares. (If you're inside, use masking tape instead.) Decide a route kids have to go in order to get from one side of the grid to the other, and map that out on your paper. For example, they may need to start with the 3rd square in the bottom row, then step right, then forward, then left, and so on.
Have kids take turns attempting to get through the grid. With each step, tell them whether or not they are correct. If they made an incorrect step, it's the next person's turn. Kids will need to watch others take a turn so they can learn the correct path and try to add to it. Once one person determines your plan, let everyone have a turn walking through the grid correctly.
Ask: • How was this game like or unlike trying to figure out God's plan?

 

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