We bring summer camp to your church. Our Day Camp program is designed to meet the needs of all sizes of congregations. Our staff can put together a week of Vacation Bible School or provide additional summer programming in order to enhance your current ministries. Day Camp can be a way to reach into your congregation and out to your community. You pick the date, do the publicity and we do the rest!
With a highly trained and enthusiastic staff, Day Camps are packed full of fun, spiritual growth and memories that will last a lifetime. Fun worships and games introduce the summer theme. Well prepared and age-based Bible studies help campers grow in their understanding of God and community. The lessons learned and friends made reach way beyond the one great week of camp.
Day Camp is designed to reach those campers who might not be ready to leave home for a full week, but still want the exciting camp experience. We invite and encourage any campers who are too old for Day Camp to attend any of our equally incredible weeks on-site at El Camino Pines, Luther Glen Farm, or Beach Camp.
Cost: $95 per camper.
Days & Times: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Extended care option: 8 am – 5:30 pm - $140. Parents can drop campers off anytime from 8 – 9 am and pick up anytime between 3 – 5:30 pm. Cost is the same for any amount of extended care. You must have a minimum of 5 for extended care.
Ages: Students entering Kindergarten through 6th grades in the fall of 2018. Older campers are encouraged to attended camp at El Camino Pines or Luther Glen www.LRCChome.com/summercamp or to serve as volunteers during your Day Camp week.
Attendance: LRCC requires payment for a minimum of 20 campers in order to schedule a Day Camp. If you know that your Day Camp will exceed 40 campers, please make special arrangements with Lauri to send additional staff to your church.
Reservations: Churches can reserve a Day Camp date by mailing a signed contract and a $500 non-refundable deposit. If you have more than 40 campers LRCC will ask for a non-refundable deposit of $1000.
1. Provide a Day Camp team of professional, trained staff (including a Day Camp lead) to facilitate five days of activity-filled program, including age-appropriate Bible studies, worships, games, and recreation.
2. Provide all craft and recreation materials for the program.
3. Have Day Camp staff arrive at your Church on Saturday evening and attend Sunday morning services.
4. Day Camp staff will provide their own transportation between their host homes and the church.
5. Hold a closing program for parents and members of the congregation and community on Thursday night or Friday morning, if your church wishes.
1. Appoint a contact person from the congregation to work with LRCC staff in making arrangements for the Day Camp.
2. Handle all publicity for the Day Camp (may include church announcements, bulletin inserts, fliers, etc.) to secure the minimum of 20 camper registrations.
3. Handle the distribution and collection of camper health forms.
4. Make arrangements for housing LRCC staff Saturday-Friday. We prefer that staff stay in one or two locations to allow for planning and community building within the team. Host families must be comfortable with sharing their home with young adults. If your church has available space and showers, they can stay there.
5. Provide all meals for staff during the week. Campers usually bring a sack lunch or the church can provide one.
6. Provide one adult to be on site each day to coordinate snacks, meals (if applicable), and handle emergencies and camper registration. This includes daily check-in/check-out. .
7. Optional (but highly recommended): Provide a snack and beverage each day for each child, either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the schedule.
(We encourage any of the following activities, if available.)
· Recreational trips — If there is a nearby park, guarded pool or beach, this is a fun afternoon activity.
· Field trips — For an extra opportunity to learn, trips to a nature center, library, fire station or local historical site can be informative and interesting to campers.
· Servant events — Visits to help at a local soup kitchen or to sing at a retirement center are great opportunities to give children first-hand experience in helping others.
· Special guests — You may invite community members to speak with the campers. An area naturalist, fire chief or congregational member could be a great visitor.
Note: The Church needs to arrange transportation and collect permission slips for any off-site activities.
Unfortunately, LRCC staff cannot transport campers.
The following schedule is typical for a week of day camp. On Friday you may choose to end at Noon or at 3:00 pm. Please indicate your preference on your contract. We will be flexible in scheduling so that larger blocks of time can be available for field trips and other special events.
9:10-9:45 Opening Worship
9:45-10:15 Bible Study Time
10:15-10:30 Snack Time
10:30-10:50 Campfire Time
12:30-1:00 R&R/ Movie time
1:00-1:30 Arts & Crafts
1:30–1:45 “How Will I…” Time
1:45-2:45 All Camp Activity
2:45-3:00 Closing Worship
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Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences is thrilled to be working with your congregation to bring Day Camp to your community. Our staff will bring the materials, Bible Studies, games and energy to run a memorable, safe and faith filled week of summer camp!