One Church, Two Camps
Our church runs two summer camps: one for students entering 3rd-4th grade in the fall and another for students entering 5th-6th grade in the fall.
These camps are each run at the same time, but as totally separate camps.
The 3rd-4th grade camp is designed with the MPCC Children’s Ministry team, philosophy and Bibleopolis experience in mind.
The 5th-6th grade camp is designed with the MPCC Student Ministry team, philosophy and fifty-six experience in mind.
5th-6th Grade Camp Philosophy
We do not see camp as a standalone event. It is one piece of our strategy to help preteens with a life-changing relationship with Jesus. It connects with our weekly services and other special events.
Whether a student has been invited for a friend and is a brand new guest with us or they have been in church since they were an infant, we want to help them get to know the people who make up our church, especially their peers and ministry leaders.
Small Group Leaders
In our ministry, we realize that what a Small Group Leader can do for a few has more potential than what we do for many.
So we build our ministry and all related programs and events around the philosophy of equipping Small Group Leaders who can invest strategically in the lives of a few to encourage authentic faith.
If you want to read more about the five big ideas we want every Small Group Leader to know and practice, you can find them in the book: Lead Small.
Small Groups at Camp and Beyond
With this in mind, small groups at camp are about more than just this one week in the summer.
Our goal is for as many of these groups and campers as possible to build relationships in these groups at camp with a few students and leaders that continue when they participate in our fifty-six weekend service back at church throughout the rest of the year.
Forming Small Groups
Therefore, when we form small groups at camp, we have a bigger picture and vision in mind.
This leads us to a very focused and simple format for setting up groups.
Each group is made up of:
- 6-8 campers
- campers of the same gender.
- campers entering the same grade.
- 1-2 leaders (min. 1 21yrs+)
We will be going through and verifying the grade of each camper to make sure they have been placed in the correct camp and are qualified to be with the cabinmate they have requested.
Campers who are actually going into 4th grade will be moved to the 3rd-4th grade camp.
Campers who are not the same grade will be placed in a small group with others who are actually in the same grade they are.
And then each small group will be paired with another small group of the same grade but opposite gender to form a team of 14-16 campers with 2-4 Faculty Members (volunteer leaders). These “teams” will be how they participate in various activities throughout each day at camp.
Housing or cabin and cabinmate assignments will happen after the small groups have been formed.
When we set up housing in the cabins, we will keep small groups together.
Most cabins will have campers of only the same grade, except when space issues make that not possible. Then, there will be a mix of 5th and 6th grade campers in that cabin.
We know that you have the opportunity to put down a cabinmate name when you registered for camp. However, we also know that often times you didn’t realize all the info above and/or the person’s name you put down is not actually going to camp after all and/or you changed your mind.
So, we are providing this form to fix all of that.
Enter the name on the form of the camper your child wants to have as a cabinmate and member of their small group – keeping in mind the requirements listed above.
Just in case things don’t go 100% as planned, you have the option to list an alternative cabinmate. That way, if we are not able to pair your child with their preferred cabinmate, we will at least match them with this alternate camper.