This experience gives kids a visual reminder of how they can
influence their families, communities, and world.
Best for: Ages 9 to 12
Gear: White paper and markers
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Camp Challenge: The last day of camp often
centers on the value and purpose God gives each child. Campers are
challenged to not simply leave the lessons they’ve learned at camp
in their cabins, but to take them home to share with their family,
friends, and community. Kids can use these maps as visual reminders
of the impact they have as a positive influence for Jesus.
Give each child a piece of paper and markers. In the center of
the paper, have them write their name and draw a circle around it.
From the center circle, have them draw five lines connecting to
other circles. In those five circles, ask kids to write names of
family members, friends, or teachers that they know well.
Have kids continue the pattern of drawing five lines from each
circle and connecting five new circles. Kids can write five people
the person in the center influences inside the connected
circles-generic names such as “mom,” “boss,” or “best friend.” As
the web grows, a map of influence begins to form. Kids get a
picture of the impact they can have on a large number of people,
Buddy Up: Ask: How do you influence the five
people connected to your circle? How has someone positively
influenced you? negatively influenced you? Read aloud the
Scripture. Ask: What does Jesus say about influencing others in
this passage? How can you be a positive influence for Jesus this
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