frequently asked questions
What would I be responsible for at camp?
As a group leader you will be responsible for getting kids to camp and making sure that you get campers to all scheduled elements of camp. CentriKid staff will take care of leading all camp elements, except for when you will be with your church after worship for church group time. Head to the group leader prep center to find out what all you need to have ready before you get to camp!
What are adults responsible for before camp?
Adults must be 18 years old (unless part of the Team Assistant Program) and have a completed background check. Bring 1 male leader for every 5 male campers and 1 female leader for every 5 female campers.
All adults must complete “Child Protection Training” prior to camp and submit the certificate of completion to the group leader. Group Leaders must complete the “Church Agreement Form” online. This agreement is found in Prep Center online.
What is a track time?
Kids get to choose and participate in two Track Times led and taught by our staff. These times are designed to offer options that appeal to kids with a range of interests. Options range from weird science and art studio to archery and basketball.
What is team time?
Team Time is when campers are with their color team by grade for Bible Study and Recreation lead by CentriKid Staff.
What is TAWG?
TAWG is a word we use a lot at camp that simply means Time Alone With God. This is the devotional that you and your campers will begin each morning with.
What is i cant wait?
I Can’t Wait is our morning worship time. It a fun morning celebration where we begin the daily theme for the day.
What is the spot?
The SPOT is where all campers and staff gather for campers to find their Track Times. Once the camper finds their Track Time the staffers will take them to the Track. After Track A staffers will leader campers back to the SPOT for Track B where the process is repeated.
What is Omc?
OMC stands for Organized Mass Chaos, it is the long awaited game kids get excited for on day 1. On Day 4, OMC will be played with each kid in their colored teams. OMC consist of task cards and whatever the card says, the camper must do in order to get a point for their team. They will continue completing as many tasks as they can until the whistle is blown. It is the loudest, most fun, and messiest game around.
what if my camper does not have insurance?
If a camper requires medical attention while at camp, the camper’s insurance (or camper’s family insurance) is responsible for the cost. Campers are not required to have insurance to attend camp. If the camper does not have insurance, Lifeway/CentriKid is not responsible for medical bills.
Do i need to register my child individually for camp?
No. Leaders from each church create a group registration and manage their own participants.
What is the adult to kid ratio?
1 adult to 5 kids.
What are the goals of CentriKid camps?
CentriKid is committed to providing a place for kids to get away, even for a little while, to hear loud and clear that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. Safety in our programming, within relationships, and on campus are top priorities. We believe powerful things can happen when kids feel safe to be a kid!
What grades can come to camp?
Completed 2nd through completed 6th graders.
What color Team will my Child be on?
- 2nd/3rd grade – Yellow Team
- 4th grade – Green Team
- 5th grade – Blue Team
- 6th grade – Red Team
May younger children come to camp?
We want group leaders and adults to be able to spend time with loved ones during their busy summer, and we understand that, in some situations, parents or guardians may want or need to bring younger kids to camp. Infants or toddlers who do not require additional bed space or meals may come at no charge. Younger kids who need a bed or who will eat meals at camp should be registered as a participant at full price. Younger kids should remain under adult supervision at all times, and may not participate in Bible study, recreation, or track times. Please also consider the needs of your campers, and ensure enough adults accompany your group to build relationships and focus on their camp experience. All participants (even younger kids) must have a completed camp waiver and release.
Are accommodations made for kids with food allergies?
Many of our locations are able to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities. Please let us know ahead of time of any allergies so we can communicate them with our locations – we will let you know if they are not able to accommodate your child’s food allergy.
How do you handle medication at camp?
Adult Leaders are responsible for medication brought to camp. CentriKid staffers are not responsible for dispensing medication to campers.
Can guests come visit camp?
Safety at camp is very important. Group leaders should inform the camp director of any visitors throughout the cycle of camp. Upon arrival, visitors must immediately check in with the camp director. Visitors will receive a sticker that must be worn and visible at all times while on campus. Visitors are not allowed in the housing areas of campers and should remain in public or common areas while at camp. Visitors who plan to stay overnight should book their own lodging off campus and should make arrangements to pay the venue directly for any meals eaten on campus. Guests who wish to stay overnight on campus with their group should work with their group leader to register as a full participant and follow all policies related to adults at camp (background check, Child Protection Training, camp waiver, etc.).
Should my child bring money to camp?
There will be a camp store open throughout the week where they can purchase fun camp souvenirs. There will also be a missions offering that they will hear about and can give to if they would like.
What will the accommodations look like where my camper will stay?
Click on Find-A-Camp page and select the location your group is attending. From there you will find information about the facilities, housing, and other fun stuff. When you have questions, your Kids Minister or Group Leader may have answers from our regular updates, or they can get in touch with our office!
Are there theme nights or anything special my child should pack?
There are no “dress-up” nights at CentriKid. For OMC, our all-camp event on the last full day, kids and adults are encouraged to wear their team colors! This could be as simple as packing a t-shirt in that color. (Refer question above to find out what color team your child will be on)
Where can i find lost items after camp?
At the end of each day, misplaced items are displayed near buses in the hopes of returning them to their owner. If a camper’s name is on the found item, we do our best to return it to the camper that day. At the end of the week, we discard dirty socks, beach towels, and half-full water bottles. All remaining items left at camp will be kept until the end of the summer and then donated.
How old do i have to be to apply for camp?
At least 18 years old & at least one year removed from high school.
How much do I get paid?
New staff salaries start at $300 per week of camp. Returning staff start at $325. Leadership roles start at $375. Your housing is covered throughout the whole summer, and your meals are paid for while camp is running.
How many Centrikid locations are there?
CentriKid is made up of 8 teams that cover about 24 locations. Travel teams get to locations by 12-passenger vans – not personal vehicles!
Can i choose what location i serve at?
No. Staffers will find out their location in March! There are multiple factors that influence placement – so if you have a special circumstance, please mention it in your interview. Placement is determined by the CentriKid Office Team.
when does camp begin / end?
Staffers are to report to Training Week the last week of May. Most teams end the last week of July or the first week of August.
who can i use as my references?
Your references can be a pastor, church staff member, campus minister, present job supervisor, previous job supervisor, a volunteer work supervisor, current/former Centrikid staffer, a coach or teacher
how do i apply to be a camp pastor?
If you are a kidmin leader or you are looking to serve for a couple weeks of camp, email Henry Dutton at email@example.com. If you are looking to serve as a Camp Pastor for an entire summer you can complete the online application and make sure to submit a Camp Pastor Preview Video link the the Camp Pastor application.
how do i apply to be in a camp worship band?
If you are interested in leading worship for Centrikid, whether full summer or just a few cycles of camp, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, we can provide further information and instructions on how to apply and audition.
who do i reach out to if i have more questions?
Please email email@example.com for any additional questions!
What Staff Roles are available?
Bible Study Staffer
Teaches and facilitates a small group Bible Study each day
Facilitates and leads large group games with kids each day
Performs as a host character on stage each day at camp (script memorization required)
In charge of set up and running lighting during production elements
In charge of set up and running sound during production elements
Leads band members, kids, and adults in worship every morning and night at camp
Joins the Worship Leader in conducting worship every morning and night at camp. Drummers, Guitarists, Keyboardists, and Vocalists are needed
Preaches a kid-friendly sermon every morning and night at camp
Trains and leads recreation staffers on the rec field
Leads production team and oversees all production elements in the auditorium
Manages finances and Camp Store merchandise
Trains Bible Study staffers, organizes group logistics at camp, and facilitates communication with churches
Leads the camp team, organizes travel logistics, and facilitates communication with churches
*At least 1-2 summers experience required