Who can attend Kids Camp?
Kids Camp is for kids who have completed 2nd-5th grade. It is for New Hope members and regular attenders only because it is an important investment New Hope makes to invest in our kids. 10 New Hope adult leaders and 44 children are subsidized to attend.
Who are the New Hope adult leaders attending?
Kids Camp is a strategic part of our ministry of making disciples. New Hope adults are screened leaders who serve in ministry, giving them experience and knowledge of our kids. CK allows focused time for relationships to deepen so small group leaders can be another voice speaking into kids’ lives.
Where is Kids Camp? What is the transportation?
The Florida Kids Camp is at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, about 2 hours away. SEU is a small Christian college with a beautiful campus. Transportation to and from KC is not provided. This saves substantial cost, and most importantly, gives families an opportunity to see where your child is staying. Families help each other with carpooling. A carpool list will be available to help connect kids with rides. (Pro tip: Some families take advantage of the three nights to visit Orlando or Tampa while kids are at camp).
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Boys and girls stay in separate buildings on opposite sides of campus. There are two types of dorm room arrangements: two room suites (4 bunks with connecting bath) and four room suites (8 bunks with a living area and group bathroom). Rooms are assigned by the KC directors. Campers find out their roommates upon arrival. Adult leaders’ rooms are interspersed among the campers for supervision and guidance, especially for younger campers. Males are not allowed in girl dorms and vice versa.
What do kids eat?
SEU provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the full days in their cafeteria. Lunch/dinner selections include choice of one or two entrees, a salad bar, or hamburger/hot dog or pizza. All meals are included in the registration. Kids also get a snack during small group time, plus they can bring healthy snacks.
How do I know if my first timer is ready?
Here are some considerations:
- Will your child stay with the group?
- Are they able to focus on the Bible messages in large group and small group?
- Can they handle the long day, often from 7 am-10:00 pm (which many kids are able to handle for this short amount of time even if it is a lot less sleep than what they are used to.)
What if my child gets homesick?
Most children enjoy the fun, active schedule so homesickness is not a problem. Occasionally a child misses a parent in the evening and asks to call home. In our experience, offering to let them call home after breakfast the next day helps. If they still want to call, they are rested and looking forward to an exciting day ahead. Experiencing homesickness and learning to get through it is the best antidote to dealing with homesickness later in life.
What if I get homesick (or want contact with my child)?
New Hope leaders do a good job updating a private Facebook group for parents to see the fun your child is having. Because of our responsibilities for the children, please do not ask leaders for updates about your child. In case of an emergency, first contact Debbie Norris, children’s director. If she cannot be reached, contact one of the New Hope leaders, not KC or the college.
What if my child gets sick?
Each child is required to have health forms to come to Camp. New Hope brings first aid kits for boys and girls for simple bug bites, skinned knees, etc. We are fortunate to have leaders with medical training Camp has a First Aid kit in the Camp office. If a child runs a fever or is ill,
they are unable to be at camp until they are well.
New Hope campers are not allowed to walk around campus without an adult. They are either with New Hope adults or Camp staff in breakouts.
More information will be provided with the Camp Orientation packet. Please attend the orientation meeting for packing lists, schedules, and more important stuff. If you have any questions about sending your child to camp, please contact Debbie Norris.