Camp Sunday is May 4th!
Our Diocese has a strong camp tradition.
We think that’s worth celebrating!
We are asking all parishes across DioNeb to join us on May 4th as we celebrate & promote Camp!
Click here to view Noelle’s promo video for 2014!
Below are some ideas and downloadable examples you can use or modify for observing Camp Sunday at your Parish:
• In April, begin promoting Camp Sunday in your bulletins, newsletters and social media sources. Here are some sample promotional items you can use at your parish.
Camp Promo Poster (pdf)
• Ask your youth that have been to camp be present that Sunday and to wear a camp tee shirt, perhaps allow them a few minutes to speak about why they love camp or about a meaningful camp experience at announcements or even give them sermon time. Schedule them to serve as Acolytes, Ushers, and Lectors on May 4. Incorporate Camp Songs into your worship service.
• Hold an On-Site Registration. If you have the technical capabilities at your parish, have a laptop handy and get kids registered on Camp Sunday. Camp Registration is open April 29th – June 30th. Any camper that registers on May 4th will automatically be entered (twice) to win the Ultimate Camper Prize Package: which will include a pool caddy/tote, a beach towel, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle, flashlight, sleeping bag, PLUS $25 off the price of their registration.
• Serve s’mores at coffee hour, Have the camp kids serve and clean up. For a quick & easy fundraiser, ask the camp kids to host coffee hour, make the coffee, provide the treats, serve and clean up. Use the coffee hour donations as scholarship money.
• Designate an adult in your parish that will see to it that camp information is distributed and communicated to all youth entering 4th – 12th grades. Any camp questions can be directed to Noelle Ptomey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Establish a Camp Scholarship Fund at your parish or support fundraisers to help kids pay for camp. Camp costs $275. That can really add up if you have more than one kid going to camp. We encourage parishes to be the first line of scholarship. We NEVER want a child to miss camp for financial reasons. For further assistance contact Noelle Ptomey at email@example.com
If Camp Sunday isn’t feasible at your parish, perhaps you could designate a Sunday school or Youth Group session to promote camp and use the provided resources.
Look for additional TNE and Ministry Memo posts over the next few weeks. You can also find more camp information found at the diocesan website www.episcopal-ne.org
– Noelle Ptomey