A FREE community Day Camp where kids (completed K-6) enjoy dramas, games, live music, crafts, fishing, and friends.
“Is it really the last day of Day Camp?”
Proud parents streamed in and witnessed much of what their children learned at the closing program. They saw their children recite the Bible verses they learned, and sing their favorite song from camp.
Every child was able to walk through themed park days with dramas, songs, crafts, and lessons teaching that God is our King, our friend, and has uniquely created each of us. The good news about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was shared during today’s closing session, such as in the closing song, “Lord I lift your Name on High.”
“Can I come back?”
While Day Camp may be over, you can continue building upon all that your children have learned and friendships they’ve made! You can join Bloomingdale Church for one of its many weekend gatherings, children’s programs, or practical adult groups. We hope you experienced God’s love in tangible ways this week, and we’ll see you soon!
Welcome to our third day of Day Camp 2017, “Friendship National Park”! This time, let’s see today’s activities through the eyes of Lindsey, a kindergartner.
“Do you remember your verse for today, Lindsey?” She replies, word perfect, with John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should have eternal life.” So starts Lindsey’s day in her classroom, the “Raccoon Lodge.” In reality, this whole week has reflected that truth! Speaking of reflections, during today’s opening session, “Mirror Lake,” Lindsey learned how she was lovingly created by God, and has a special purpose for her life. She learned that her image is uniquely reflected back to her when she looks in a lake, like a mirror. She laughed when saw a S’more arguing with itself–how silly! The chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow are all needed for a delicious treat! And so are all God’s children uniquely made in his image, able to help others in all kinds of special ways. After craft time, games, and snacks, she recited John 3:16 once more to her teacher before she left. She loves that verse and can’t wait to come back tomorrow. It’s hard to believe that there’s only one more day left–we hope that it’s amazing!
Let’s join Max, a 3rd grader, who has returned to “Friendship National Park” for another day of adventures: this time to “Tadpole and Caterpillar Marsh!”
First, Max saw all of his new friends again in his classroom, “Squirrel Hollow.” He learned about teamwork with his fellow hikers, and has continued memorizing verses from the Bible like Nehemiah 9:17 and John 3:16 about God’s grace, compassion, and forgiveness–and he did a very good job! During today’s opening program, he sang and danced to a new song, “The Big Oak Tree.” He saw characters like Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Princess Peach learning how to be good friends by forgiving each other. He even got to see how Jesus is our best friend because he makes it possible to receive God’s forgiveness and have a relationship with Him. He designed a glass frame with eye-dazzling colors for his craft, and played water games where everyone got soaked. Fortunately, Max was able to wind down in Squirrel Hollow with his friends afterwards because he was so tired from all the exciting activities. When his mom came to pick him up, he said, “I can’t wait until we go to ‘Mirror Lake’ tomorrow!”
Your child received a take home that they can complete and bring back for points. Just in case it did not make it home, click to open Wednesday’s Take Home.
Welcome to Day Camp 2017! Let’s join 2nd grader Lucy on her first day at Friendship National Park:
Lucy was greeted with the smiling faces of counselors, teachers, and fellow hikers. Upon entering her classroom, the “Beaver Lodge,” she began to learn her Bible verse for the week: to love God with her whole being and to love her neighbor as herself (Mark 12:30-31). She soon joined all of her fellow hikers at “King’s Mountain” where she sang songs like “The Jesus Chant” and “Good Good Father.” Lucy learned how God is the best friend she could ever have, and how she could be a good friend by showing love to others! After hiking back down King’s Mountain, she was not only able to hear stories of God’s love with hikers in her grade, but also played games like “zombie cow tag.” After a refreshing snack time, she joined her fellow hikers in decorating tie-dyed t-shirts, and returned to the Beaver Lodge where she did more fun activities with her friends. She can’t wait to come back tomorrow and visit “Tadpole and Caterpillar Marsh”!
Your child received a take home that they can complete and bring back for points. Just in case it did not make it home, click to open Tuesday’s Take Home