Setting an example for others by what you say and what you do.
I can be a leader who includes others!
MEMORY VERSE: 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 (NIV)
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Nehemiah Rebuilds the Walls
Nehemiah 1-3; 4:1-6;
6:15- 16; 12:27, 43
CABIN COLOR starts 20 minutes before the worship experience begins.
Cabin Color is a time to welcome campers to your group and Camp Wannastay. You’ll introduce yourself and help campers apply the cabin color tattoo. Have campers sign in on the cabin roll call sheet. Campers can then hangout and get to know the other campers in their cabin with a fun activity.
CABIN ROLL CALL SHEET, CLIP BOARD, PEN, CABIN TATTOO, WIPES, UNO CARDS, GO FISH INSTRUCTION CARD, UNO GAME INSTRUCTION CARD
SAY: “My name is __________________ and I’m your eGroup Camp Counselor! This summer you’ll be a camper at Motion’s Camp Wannastay! Every weekend of Camp Wannastay you’ll be part of a camp cabin. Today we are the (insert cabin color) cabin! As a cabin we’ll hang out together during camp, hear stories from the Bible, talk about what it means to follow Jesus, and play games! But first you need to register for camp by signing the cabin roll call sheet and putting on your (insert cabin color) cabin tattoo!”
- As campers enter your cabin have them sign their first name on the cabin roll call sheet. Younger campers may need help signing in.
- Help campers apply a cabin tattoo using a wipe. Older campers can apply the cabin tattoos on their own OR you can assign one camper to help other campers apply their cabin tattoo. NOTE: Placement options for tattoos are hands or arms. The tattoo should be visible.
- Use the SLAP UNO instruction card to teach the campers how to play Slap UNO.
- Use the UNO game instruction card to teach the campers how to play UNO.
- Use the Go Fish game instruction card to teach the campers how to play Go Fish.
ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS (5:00, 9:30, 11:30)
Roll Call is a time for campers to get to know their eGroup Camp Counselor and each other. Participate with the campers and have fun. Make sure to introduce the Cabin Flag and Cabin Award.
CABIN FLAG, CABIN ROLL CALL SHEET, CABIN POINTS (ON BACK OF ROLL CALL SHEET), PEN
SAY: “Today at Camp Wannastay we have our very own cabin flag! (Wave cabin flag.) We’ll take it with us to Large Group to show our cabin spirit! I’ll chose someone from our group being a great leader to carry the flag to Large Group. The next thing we’ll do at Camp Wannastay is Roll Call! When you hear me call your name, stand under our cabin flag and share your favorite thing that is the color (insert cabin color) .”
DO: Use the Camp Roll Call Sheet to call on all campers. Each camper will sit back down after his/her name has been called.
SAY: “During our time at Camp Wannastay we are going to learn how to be leaders who set examples for others by what they say and what they do. We will learn following Jesus will make us great leaders because Jesus is the greatest leader ever! Today we have a chance to win the CABIN AWARD by leading the way in attending Camp Wannastay, reading our Bibles, and learning God’s word by saying the Camp Wannastay motto. If we have the most points at the end of today we win the CABIN AWARD and get to choose a prize from the BUG BIN! We’ll get points for each of those things and for winning the Large Group games. Let’s see how may points we earn so far today.”
DO: Use the cabin points sheet to record points for the following things:
- ATTENDANCE: One point for every camper in attendance.
- BIBLE: One point for every camper who brings a Bible.
- LARGE GROUP GAME: Five points for each game the cabin wins.
SAY: “To help our cabin be leaders in learning God’s word let’s practice 1 Timothy 4:12, our Camp Wannastay motto. This verse from the Bible helps us remember we can be leaders right now if we follow Jesus’ example in what we say and what we do. Our actions, words, and thoughts should show others we follow Jesus. Repeat the words and motions after me.”
Don’t let anyone look down on you (shake head “no”) because you are young, (pat head)
but set an example for the believers (hands out to sides, palms up) in speech, (cup hands around mouth)
in conduct, (pound fists on top of each other) in love, (make heart with hands)
in faith and in purity. (point to head) 1 Timothy (hold up pointer finger) 4:12 (hold up four fingers)
DO: Practice the verse a few times and then allow campers to say the Camp Wannastay motto. Use the cabin points sheet to record two points for each camper who can say the Camp Wannastay motto.
During Orientation campers will learn how they can earn cabin keys during Camp Wannastay. Their first weekend attending Camp Wannastay, campers will receive a camp key chain to collect their cabin keys. At anytime during the series campers can turn in their cabin keys to redeem for prizes.
CAMP KEY CHAINS, CABIN KEYS (ORANGE AND GREEN), CAMP MOTTO TAGS
SAY: “Not only do we have a chance to win the Cabin Award together, but you can also earn your own prizes! Each time you attend Camp Wannastay and bring your Bible to camp you will earn cabin keys. These cabin keys will help you earn awesome prizes! The tag on your camp key chain has 1 Timothy 4:12, our Camp Wannastay motto, so you can practice during the week!”
- Give new campers (VIP and new to series) a camp key chain with a Camp Wannastay motto tag attached to collect cabin keys on.
- Award campers a cabin key for the following:
- ATTENDANCE= 1 green cabin key
- BRINGING A BIBLE= 1 orange cabin key
- Explain the prizes campers can earn by collecting cabin keys. Campers can turn in their cabin keys any weekend for the following:
- SNACK FROM THE CAMP CANTEEN= 4 cabin keys
- CAMP WANNASTAY T-SHIRT= 8 cabin keys
SAY: “I know you will all be great leaders in this challenge by coming as many weekends as you can to Camp Wannastay and bringing your Bible with you, too! It’s important to come every weekend and learn from the Bible so you can learn to be a leader by following Jesus’ example!
I’ll be watching to see who in our group is setting an example for others by what they say and do during Camp Wannastay. At the end of today I’ll nominate one of you to win the LEADER AWARD.”
TIP: Set expectations about the keys and key chains. Campers should not throw the key chains or twirl them around on their finger. Campers should wear the key chains on their wrists or ankles or keep them in their pockets.
TAKE CABIN FLAG TO LARGE GROUP. PLACE IN FLAG HOLDER ON STAGE.
TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
NEHEMIAH INCLUDED OTHERS
BIBLE STORY AND DISCUSSION
BIBLE STORY CARDS, CABIN TIME ACTIVITY MAT, PENS, CRAYONS
SAY: “During Cabin Time we are going to see what the Bible says about being a leader. Today we’ll read about a leader who listened to God and obeyed what God asked him to do. His name was Nehemiah. To help us learn about being a leader, everyone is going to get a Cabin Mat. While you find the book of Nehemiah in your Bible, I’ll hand those out to you.”
- Hand out a Cabin Mat to each camper. NOTE: There are different mats for first-second graders and third-fifth graders. Have campers write their name on the Cabin Mat.
- Use the Bible Story Cards to tell campers the story of Nehemiah.
BIBLE SECTION | FIRST-SECOND GRADE: As you are reading, have campers color different parts of the picture when they hear that part mentioned in the Bible story. (Nehemiah, the city of Jerusalem, the wall, and those Nehemiah included)
BIBLE SECTION | THIRD-FIFTH GRADE: After reading the Bible story, allow campers to work together to fill in the crossword puzzle.
- In the verses we read, what did God ask Nehemiah to do? (rebuild the wall of Jerusalem)
- What are some things Nehemiah did to include others? (allowed others to help rebuild the wall, assigned things to different people, )
SAY: “Nehemiah was a leader who listened to God and obeyed what He asked him to do. Not only did he obey God, but he included others in God’s plan!”
- In what way did Nehemiah set an example for us as leaders? (he included others.)
- How did Jesus include others? (He hung out with people who were unpopular, loved everyone, etc.)
- When is it hard to include other? (when they are mean to you, when they are different than you, etc.)
- What might have happened if Nehemiah had NOT included others in rebuilding the wall? (people would have missed out on the experience of being a part of God’s plan, the wall might not have been finished as quickly)
LEADER SECTION | FIRST-SECOND GRADE: Have campers draw a picture of different people they can include. Have each camper explain who each person is and how they can include them.
LEADER SECTION | THIRD-FIFTH GRADE: Have campers write the names of different people they can include. Have each camper explain how they can include those people.
LEADERS INCLUDE OTHERS
EKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PEN, CABIN MAT, BUILDING KIT, SNACK BAGS
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
DO: Take prayer requests and write them down in your eKidz prayer journal so you can pray for your eGroup campers during the week. Encourage campers to share one or two prayer requests. Invite campers to pray with you if they want.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for great examples of leaders, like Nehemiah, who we can follow. Help us to follow his example and include others. Make us more like Jesus so we can be leaders who set the right example for others! We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “Being a great leader means showing others how you follow Jesus by what you say and what you do. What did Nehemiah do to show that he was a leader? (he included others.) Nehemiah included others to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem to protect the city from enemies. If I asked you to build a wall, what are some ways you could work together as a team and include others? (allow it to be a collaborative effort, have people doing different jobs, have people take turns building) To help us think about it we’re going to split into two team and see who can build the tallest wall using only marshmallows and pretzels.”
- Split campers into three equal teams.
- Give each team a building kit of marshmallows and pretzel sticks.
- Teams have two minutes to construct a tower/wall using only the provided materials. Encourage teams to work together and include others while they build.
- The team with the tallest wall/tower within the snack section of their cabin mat, wins.
- Throw away the building kit supplies and give each camper a snack bag.
- As campers eat their snack ask them the following:
- How was your team able to work together to build the wall?
- Were you able to include everyone on your team in building the wall?
- How was it hard to include everyone on your team in building the wall?
- If you were in charge of building a wall, how would you include others?
DO: While campers are eating their snack point out the eKIDZ AT HOME SECTION on their cabin mat. EXPLAIN campers can do this section at home to remember what we learned about being a leader. NOTE: All campers will take the cabin mat home. BEFORE HEADING TO LARGE GROUP COLLECT Cabin Mats from all campers and RETURN to each camper during dismissal.
WE WILL CONNECT THE FAMILY: One way to connect the family is helping kids take their Cabin Mats home. Cabin Mats show parents what their child is learning in Motion and help initiate faith-based discussions.