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
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
- Creation Camp:
Creative Creation – Let
kids exercise their creative juices as they learn about God’s
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
Mini Apple Pies – Taste
God’s sweet creation: fruit!
Bug Barn – Take care of God’s
creation with this fun craft.
- I <3 Camp
Relay – If kids don’t get along well in this game, they’ll find
Big Hearted – Kids will see
that God’s love reaches to everyone — no matter where they come
Ultimate Keep-Away –
Everyone gets to play, but everyone gets left out in this version
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.
- God’s Planarama
Step-by-Step Relay –
Kids will navigate your plan to get through your crazy challenge
Ice Cream in a
Can – All things come together for good–a sweet ice creat
Dribble, Dribble, Splatter –
Splash kids’ faith as they understand that God has called them for
God’s Plan Box –
Kids will create a memory box to help them remember God’s plan for
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
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
|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|
|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|
|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
God spoke, and it was there! Can your kids think of creation that
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
I Heart Camp
Kids will practice seeing how everyone is different, but we’re all
loved by God.
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?
It looks like a simple game, but kids will have to figure out your
You’ll Need: sidewalk chalk, paper,
Before kids arrive, use sidewalk chalk to make a 5×5 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?