• Five weeks of fun for your whole family (beginning the week of June 21 and continuing through the week of July 20)
• Virtual lessons and activities designed to do at your own pace
• Family-based activities for children 3 years old-rising 5th graders
• “Supersized” Survivor activities for rising 6th -8th graders
• Interactive Bible lessons
• Ready to go bags with all materials provided
• Amazing science experiments
• Awesome crafts
• Fun music and games
• Optional virtual elementary and middle school crews to allow rising 1st -5th graders and 6th -8th graders to connect with friends and crew leaders
• $20/child or youth or $50/family cap to cover the cost of supplies
• Scholarships available
Over the past few months, we have been carefully monitoring the recommendations from the governor, public health officials and our denomination in attempt to carefully discern how to best proceed with our VBS, Day Camp and Survivor Camp this summer. The health and safety of our children, youth and volunteers is of utmost importance. We are also keenly aware that VBS, Day Camp and Survivor Camp are wonderful opportunities for our children and youth to grow in their faith, to reach out to our community and to strengthen relationships within our church family. With all of these things considered, we have made the decision to offer a virtual program this summer instead of our traditional programming. We are going to spread out the Knights of North Castle activities over a five-week time frame, rather than do one huge VBS/Day Camp week. All of the activities for our preschoolers through rising 5th graders are designed to be multi-age in nature so the children can do them together with their families.
Each week your family will receive a link with interactive videos, and multi-age lessons and activities connected to our theme. All activities can be done in small chunks and can be done flexibly to fit your schedule. You might choose to do the intro for the week on Sunday and then do the craft, games, science experiment and Bible lesson on various days during the week. You will be able to pick up a bag with all the materials needed for activities for the week. No planning, no prep, just lots of fun for your family! For our rising 1st -5 th graders, your child has the option to be placed in a virtual crew with other kids. Virtual crews will meet once a week (using Google Meet) with their crew leaders to do team building activities and dive a little deeper into the weekly Bible lesson and how it applies to their lives. If you would like for your child to participate in a virtual crew, please indicate on your registration form. Our Survivor program for rising 6th -8th graders will follow a similar format as our family-based Knights of North Castle. Survivor participants will have virtual activities that connect to the weekly themes but are done in a way to “Supersize” the impact for each student. Youth participating in Survivor will also have the option of joining a virtual crew to connect with the other youth and leaders. Miss Bev will be sending more information with specific details related to Survivor to middle school families soon. The cost for the supplies for our virtual summer program is $20/child or youth with a $50 cap for a family. If your family is in need of a scholarship,
please check the box on the registration form - no questions asked.
We want to make sure that every family is able to participate.
We will continue to carefully monitor the recommendations as we head into the summer. If we are in Phase 2 or 3 by July, we are hopeful that we might also be able to offer an optional family-based day camp experience. If this is possible, your entire family (children, youth and adults of all ages) would be invited to come to Camp Sugarbush together for one morning or evening session. During this time, your family would be able to rotate together through special camp activities such as creeking, tie-dying, nature art or campfire cooking. This would allow you to maintain social distance and not mix together with other families as a large group. Day Camp is a very special tradition at Church of the Master and we are hopeful that we will be able to offer an opportunity for you to enjoy this in a different, but meaningful way. More details will be provided as we get closer to that time if this is a safe option. It is our prayer that this summer will help your entire family grow closer to God in the strength of God’s mighty power! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Erin Flory, Director of Children’s Ministries
Bev Pancost, Director of Next Generation Ministries