For Counselors
 

One Youth Counselor will be assigned to each group for the week and you will meet your Youth Counselor when you arrive. You and your Youth Counselor will be responsible for caring for your pod for the day. Each "activity" during the day except for Daycare Play/Free Play and Lunch will have a teacher who will lead the activity. You will supervise the Free Play and Lunch time with the help of your Youth Counselor.

 

The Basics:

  • Please arrive by 8:15 am. Campers will begin arriving at 7:45 am, and the first activities of the day will begin at 8:30 am.

  • Please stop at the sign in table (a small outdoor tent) to check in, answer the Covid check questions, and get a name tag.

  • Covid Procedures can be found at https://www.saxumc.org/packing-list. Basically, we will wear masks while indoors, but are not required to wear masks outdoors. And please encourage your campers to wash their hands frequently.

  • Please wear a watch or have easy access to your phone so you can keep track of time. The daily schedule can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MDOFjXm3F1OZHjfsxuyYvbWCMQQ9pOuICqvFxXbDrME/edit?usp=sharing. You will receive a copy of the schedule for the day when you arrive with the location of each activity.

  • The last activity will end around 3 pm and campers are to be picked up between 3 and 3:30 pm. You are welcome to leave around 3:15.

  • Plan on wearing comfortable clothing and good shoes. If you are able, please plan on participating fully with the campers in each activity, from mindful movement to baking bread to storytelling to playing outdoors and more!

  • Bring a water bottle and your lunch. You can see what we're asking our campers to pack here: https://www.saxumc.org/packing-list

  • We will provide a healthy snack and you will get to eat some of the bread we are baking.

  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact Pastor Sue at 919-454-5669.

Connecting with the Campers:

  • Make every effort to get to know your campers. Learn their names (they will have name tags). Ask them questions. Engage them in whatever way feels most comfortable to you. Since this is the first day of camp you will help to set the tone for the week.

  • Feel free to wonder and ask questions alongside your campers. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn something new and have some fun.

Specifics for Each Day:

Details about the Program for Monday, August 2nd:

  • Theme Word: Temptation

  • Bible Story: The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-4)

  • Bread Making: Honey Coriander Crackers (reminding campers of manna in the wilderness)

  • Storybook: Noni Says No (about learning to say no)

  • Outreach: We will learn about Zoe Empowers and talk about our change drive for Zoe (information will be on saxumc.org website soon!)

  • Theme Verse for the Week: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

To help you, here are a few questions to ponder in preparation for the day. During the day, find opportunities to engage the campers in further exploration of the theme by sharing your own stories or asking them to share their stories:

1.     Share a story of a time when peer pressure led you to say “yes” to a situation even though you knew saying “no” was the right thing to do.

2.     Share a story of a time when you said “no” to something even though you really wanted to say “yes”.

3.     Have you ever been so tempted to take something that did not belong to you that you actually did take it? If so, what happened?

Details about the Program for Tuesday, August 3rd:

  • Theme Word: Prayer

  • Bible Story: The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4)

  • Bread Making: Corn Bread (reminding campers that breads are made around the world from the grains that grow where they live)

  • Storybook: Quiet (on silence), The Hardest Word (on forgiveness), or God’s Dream (on God’s kingdom)

  • Outreach: We will learn more about Zoe Empowers and collect change for our change drive for Zoe (information will be on saxumc.org website soon!)

  • Outdoor Play: All of the campers will get to visit the Saxapahaw Island Park!

  • Theme Verse for the Week: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

To help you, here are a few questions to ponder in preparation for the day. During the day, find opportunities to engage the campers in further exploration of the theme by sharing your own stories or asking them to share their stories:

1.     How do you pray? How do you talk to God?

2.     What are various forms of prayer that you have explored during your life? What does it mean to you to pray?

3.     How have you learned the Lord’s Prayer? How do you use it in your prayer life?

Details about the Program for Wednesday, August 4th:

  • Theme Word: Sharing

  • Bible Story: Feeding the 5,000 (John 6:1-14)

  • Bread Making: Kitchen Sink Flat Bread (a pizza-like bread, reminding campers that breads can be multiplied by pulling together the bits and pieces of what you already have on hand)

  • Storybook: Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed (on paying it forward) or Extra Yarn (on abundance)

  • Outreach: We will learn more about Zoe Empowers and collect change for our change drive for Zoe (information will be on saxumc.org website soon!)

  • Outdoor Play: All of the campers will get to spend time on a slip and slide. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you would like to join them!

  • Theme Verse for the Week: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)

To help you, here are a few questions to ponder in preparation for the day. During the day, find opportunities to engage the campers in further exploration of the theme by sharing your own stories or asking them to share their stories:

1.     Share a story of a favorite family / holiday meal. What made this meal special or important to you?

2.     Have you ever been really hungry? What did that feel like? Did anyone share food with you? If so, what happened?

3.     Have you ever had the opportunity to share food with others? If so, what happened?

Details about the Program for Thursday, August 5th:

  • Theme Word: Taste and See

  • Bible Story: The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-20, 26-29)

  • Bread Making: Hot Cross Buns (reminding campers of an ancient tradition of bread making on Good Friday – the spices in this bread reminded the people of the spices that were wrapped with Jesus after his death, and the cross on top represented the cross that Jesus died on)

  • Storybook: Fry Bread (about using all of our senses)

  • Outreach: We will learn more about Zoe Empowers and collect change for our change drive for Zoe (information will be on saxumc.org website soon!)

  • Theme Verse for the Week: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

To help you, here are a few questions to ponder in preparation for the day. During the day, find opportunities to engage the campers in further exploration of the theme by sharing your own stories or asking them to share their stories:

1.     What does communion mean to you?

2.     What is the significance of Good Friday for you?

3.     How do you experience God with your senses?

Details about the Program for Friday, August 6th:

  • Theme Word: Word of God / Bread of Life

  • Bible Story: The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-33)

  • Bread Making: The campers won’t make bread this day – instead they will gather to celebrate.

  • Storybook: The Invisible String (always connected, even when apart) or Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You

  • Outreach: We will celebrate everything we have learned about Zoe Empowers and announce the winners of our change drive for Zoe (information will be on saxumc.org website soon!)

  • Outdoor Play: We will have both a slip and slide and a bounce house water slide to celebrate the end of the week. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you would like to join the fun!

  • Theme Verse for the Week: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

To help you, here are a few questions to ponder in preparation for the day. During the day, find opportunities to engage the campers in further exploration of the theme by sharing your own stories or asking them to share their stories:

1.     How do you recognize God’s presence in your life?

2.     How do you know you are loved?

3.     What does it feel like to miss someone you love? How are they still part of your life even when you are apart?