Day Camps Schedule 2018
( to be posted by mid-April)
Welcome to the Churches and Communities Page of the Day Camp Blog. This page is intended to provide basic information about the program we offer to churches and communities who are either new to this ministry or who are seeking the right program to meet their specific needs. If you are looking for more information about Crosstalk Ministries, please check out the Background tab on this blog or visit the CTM Website
CTM offers 6 different New Testament-Themed Programs, which we present in rotation.
The program is designed for children from age 4 to age 12.Its aim is to nurture their relationship with Jesus, and to foster that relationship with a positive, and enjoyable experience of what life in the church can be.
Teams recruited and trained by CTM present the program. Team Members are required to submit copies of Police Screening Documents as part of the application process. They spend one week in each assigned location, and are billeted by members of that community. The actual Day Camp is five days, usually from Monday to Friday, concluding with a closing worship service.
NOTE: The time and day (i.e. Friday or Sunday) of the Closing Service is left up to the community. Each day there is a series of activities, which focus on a passage of scripture. Audio-visuals, drama, devotional times, and creative arts are used to emphasize the scripture of the day. Fun is strongly stressed in the playing of games, the singing of songs, and having a good time with the children. An integral aspect of the fun is Lamb; a puppet who at times acts as M.C. by introducing the day's theme, and who at other times just promotes laughter.
The "Travelling Team" works along with the "Local Team" which is an essential community-building aspect of our Program . It is important that the Local Team assist in leading the main presentation, devotions, creative arts and games. It helps to provide continuity for the children, by including people they already know and with whom they probably have a rapport, while introducing some new and hopefully exciting Leaders. It is the responsibility of the host community to be sure the required supplies are on hand, to serve refreshments, to relieve at lunch those working directly with the children, and to look after other administrative tasks.
Each summer, Teams visit approx. 30 locations, coast to coast across Canada. A modified French version of our Program has been presented to children in Haiti, and portions of our materials have also been used in the USA and England.
Day Camps are held in Town Halls, on Armed Forces Bases, and on a number of First Nations Reserves as well as in Churches.
We also offer different types of Programs to meet the diverse needs of those communities: -
A. Classic Program
This package provides a team of 2 - 4 people to lead the program and includes manuals, devotional materials and most of the required supplies for creative arts and games.
B. Half Day/Other Programs
Some communities prefer to run a Half Day Program. This usually necessitates some changes in scheduling but the basic Daily Schedule outline is still followed. The Church Application Form offers several timeframes, from which your community may choose.
A “Classic” Daily Schedule is as listed below, though modifications may be necessary to suit the church or community requirements. It is essential that the schedule that is established at the beginning of the week be maintained throughout the week.
9:00 Team arrives for devotions and preparation
9:50 Children arrive - Registration
10:00 Main Presentation
12:00 Lunch (Scramblers go home, unless Afternoon Program being used)
12:30 Creative Connection
1:15 Special Event
2:45 Songs and Closing Prayer
3:00 Finish ‑ clean up
3:15 Team Meeting
If you have decided that this Program is what your church or community is looking for then all you need to do is download a Church Application Form, fill it out and send it in along with your deposit (payable by cheque or through our PayPal account.)
Once your Application Form has been accepted you will be provided with a detailed Planning Guide and other advance materials. CTM also offers Training Events for local helpers; these usually take place in early June, in several Provinces and are invaluable opportunities for Clergy, Coordinators and Helpers to share ideas.
If your Church or Community would like further information please email the CTM office- firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 514-418-1414. We look forward to connecting with your Community!