One of the best ways to reach kids in your community is to make the camp especially for kids that live in multi-housing or trailer parks. You could have a “traditional” camp for your church kids in the morning and then do a mission camp in the afternoon. Or schedule a Crusader team to come in and minister to “at risk” kids. When doing this consider having shorter camps. Be sure to have volunteers on site to make friends with the campers. This will foster a natural connection with the campers and your church.
Another way is to partner with an inner-city church to help them get kids into their church.
GO BIG! Reserve the associational camp and invite the inner-city kids to come for a few days of camp.
Some churches are combining VBS with a sports camp which benefits both ministries. One way to do this is to have the younger children go to a VBS setting while the older children go to a choice of two or three sports camps. After lunch reverse the groups. Parents like this because children are taken care of for an entire day. In this model, our SC coaches are prepared to lead two sessions of sports camp instruction with our curriculum.
To meet the need of working parents a great “common ground” ministry is an all-day experience for children in your community.This option brings more than one sport to your church providing children with multiple experiences throughout the day. Parents love the option of dropping off their child on the way to work and picking them up on their way home.
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Several associations are including a sport track in their curriculum. Crusader teams come in and help do two or three sports. They also help with worship time and assist in other ways.
Offer this to your Director of Mission and then volunteer to help put it together.
- YMCA – sports camp
- Public park – soccer camp
- Concrete slab – basketball camp
- Park pavilion – cheerleading camp
- Driveways or cul-de-sac – neighborhood clinics