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Laycie Costigan

Acting Out

Skits are a camp favorite-use this idea throughout the summer to help your entire class bring the Bible to life.

Best for: Ages 6 to 12

Gear: Boxes of props and a Bible

Camp Challenge: Have kids form small groups, and give each group a box of props you've prepared ahead of time. Boxes should include random objects such as books, yarn, jump ropes, flashlights, helmets, beanbags, or goggles. Choose Scriptures ahead of time, and assign each group a Scripture passage to act out-using all the props in their box in some way. Each person in the group must also have a role, whether as an actor, narrator, or director. Give groups 10 minutes or less to come up with a skit and decide how they'll incorporate all the objects in their prop box. Give each group a chance to perform its skit in front of the entire group.

Buddy Up: Have kids remain in their groups, and ask: What was the biggest challenge of using all the props in the skit? What was the funniest thing about this experience? the most memorable? How did acting out the passage help you understand it?

Close by challenging kids to creatively share their favorite Bible lesson with a friend during the week.

Some Mores

Kids create a favorite camp snack that reminds them to serve others.

Best for: Ages 9 to 12

Gear: Graham crackers, chocolate bars, marshmallows, paper plates, and a microwave oven

Scripture Compass: Galatians 5:13-14

Camp Challenge: Create an assembly line with the ingredients to make S'mores. As kids stack their snacks, ask them to talk about a time they did "some more"-an act of kindness or compassion-for someone, or how a person reached out to do some more for them. Once constructed, melt these tasty snacks in the microwave for about 15 seconds to eat when kids Buddy Up.

Buddy Up: Ask: Why do you think God wants us to do some more for others? When wouldn't God want you to do some more for someone? When has God done some more for you?

Read aloud the Scripture. Have kids think of ways they can do some more for others this week.

Rubber Band the Word

Kids can create these bands to keep Scripture with them wherever they go.

Best for: Ages 6 to 12

Gear: 31/2x1/4-inch rubber bands, fine-tipped permanent markers, and Bibles

Scripture Compass: Psalm 119:9-11

Camp Challenge: Give each child a rubber band. Have kids form pairs and give each pair a Bible and marker. Have kids look up verses from a favorite lesson and then take turns helping each other write words from the verse or a simplified version of it on the stretched rubber band. One partner can stretch the rubber band flat on a table while the other prints the verse. When the print dries and the rubber band is relaxed, the writing becomes small and illegible. But when kids wear their band as a bracelet, they can stretch it, read it, and remember it.

Buddy Up: Read aloud the Scripture. Ask: What words from the Bible have encouraged you? When was a time you relied on God's Word? What does it mean to "hide God's Word in your heart"? How can you do this?

Close in prayer, reminding kids that they can rely on God's Word to get through stre-e-etching situations and to celebrate during good times.
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