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Quest eG :: Aug 29/30

CAMP WANNASTAY

MAIN POINT

Leaders
(thumbs to chest)

celebrate!
(cheer)

BIBLE STORY

Palm Sunday
Matthew 21:1-11, 15-16; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-38

MEMORY VERSE

Remember your leaders (point to head and say “bing”)
who taught you the word of God. (open hands like a book)
Think of all the good (two thumbs up)
that has come from their lives, (spread arms wide)
and follow the example (cup hands around mouth while whispering)
of their faith. (shout and pump fist in air)
Hebrews 13:7 (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
Kid Connect is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with the kids and for the kids to make connections with each other. Activities are listed in the order they are to be completed. It’s okay if you don’t complete all the activities – some activities will work better for your group than others. Begin Kid Connect when doors open. KID CONNECT ENDS WHEN THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS.

Words in italics, whether on lessons or in handouts, are meant to be said out loud to your group.  Anything not in italics is an instruction that does not necessarily need to be read aloud.

CAMP PACKING LIST
COLORING ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
crayons, camp packing list (1 per child), camp packing list cards, camp die

WELCOME children to your group. Let them know how happy you are they are in Quest and how much fun we are going to have today!

SAY: Today we are headed to Camp Wannastay to learn how we can be leaders who set an example for others in everything we say and do! But before we go to camp, we have to PACK our bags!

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and GIVE each child a camp packing listINSTRUCT children to color the camp packing list

AFTER children have colored the camp packing listGIVE one child the camp dieEXPLAIN children will ROLL the camp die to determine which items to pack for camp. Children will ROLL the camp die and on his or her camp packing list CIRCLE the item rolled. CONTINUE for four rounds.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • For younger groups: After children have colored their camp packing list, roll the camp die and the entire group will circle the item rolled.
  • Turn the coloring activity into a game. Have children take turns rolling the camp die to determine which camp item to color. Children will compete to be the first to color all the camp items on their page.

KID CONNECT

BUG HUNT
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
camp packing list, bug cards (8), bug net (2), leader cards (16), bug stickers

SAY: There are a few things left on our camp packing list we need to pack. What do we still need to collect? (bugs)

EXPLAIN children are going to CATCH the bugs needed for their camp packing list.

LAY the bug cards face up in the center of the circle and GIVE two children a bug net.

HOLD UP a leader card so the two children can see the bug shown on the leader card. The first child to catch the bug card with their bug net will collect this bug sticker and add it to their camp packing list.

AFTER a child has collected a bug stickerGIVE two different children the bug nets and HOLD UP another leader cardGIVE a bug sticker to the child who swatted the bug card first.

CONTINUE as time allows.

NOTE: Collect the camp packing lists after Bug Hunt. This will cut down on distractions and allow children to focus on the next activity. If children would like take their camp packing list home, pass it out during Dismissal.

KID CONNECT

TO THE CAR
ENERGIZER ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
game board, game pieces (12), camp cards

SAY: You have collected all the camp items for Camp Wannastay and there’s one thing left to do – load up the car and head to camp!

PLACE the game board and camp cards in the center of the group. GIVE each child a game piece and TELL children to place their game piece on the START space.

EXPLAIN children will work to get their camp bag to the car.

CHOOSE one child to go first. The child will ROLL the die and move the corresponding number of spaces. If the space has the Camp Wannastay logo, the child will CHOOSE a camp card and complete the corresponding action.

CONTINUE until one child is the first to reach the car.

CONGRATULATE the child and PLAY AGAIN as time allows.

GET TO KNOW YOU

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 9:30, 11:30)

CAMP CHECK IN

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
camp name tag (1 per child), Sharpie marker

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

We’ve packed our bags and are on our way to Camp Wannastay! From going on a bear hunt to find our friend Brownie Bear, receiving camp mail from our favorite Quest animals, to meeting around the campfire to hear the BEST stories from God’s word, you’ll WANNASTAY all summer long!

SAY: Today you are part of the [insert animal name] cabin! The first thing you need to do is check-in and get your camp name tag!

SHOW children the name tagsPICK name tag and introduce yourself. WRITE your name on the name tag and SHARE your camp name with the group. SAY: I’m camper [insert camp name] and now I’m checked in at Camp Wannastay. Who’s the next camper to check-in?

CHOOSE one child to pick a name tag . WRITE the child’s name on the name tag and SAY: Welcome to Camp Wannastay. You are camper [READ child’s camp name]. We’re so glad you’re here today! CONTINUE for each child.

AFTER all children are introduced, SAY: We are the (insert group name) cabin today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have fun at camp. The rules to follow are:

1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)

2. Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)

SAY: If you can obey our special camp rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)
A (insert group name) (allow response)
I will (allow response)
Be kind and safe! (allow response)
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert group name)!
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert group name)!

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT IS BIBLE CONNECT?
Bible Connect is all about BIBLE CONNECTIONS: for kids to make connections with the Bible and learn to love the Bible! Children will make connections to the Bible in two ways: by hearing and talking about the Bible story and practicing the memory verse. Begin Bible Connect after the Get To Know You activity. AFTER BIBLE CONNECT CHILDREN HEAD TO FREE PLAY AND LARGE GROUP.

PALM SUNDAY
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Bible story cards, stamp

TELL the children we can find stories about Jesus in God’s book, the Bible!

SHOW and READ the Bible Story using the Bible story cards.

ASK and SAY the following to review the Bible story. Give children a stamp on his or her camp name tag when he or she answers!

  1. What did Jesus’ friends find for him to ride into town? (a donkey)
  2. Because Jesus was special, what did they do? (laid their coats on the donkey so He wouldn’t get dirty)
  3. How did the people celebrate Jesus coming to their town? (singing praises and shouting to Him)
  4. What did the people cover the road with to make a clean path for Jesus? (leaves and coats)
  5. Was Jesus happy or sad the people were celebrating Him? (happy)

SAY: We can celebrate Jesus because He is so special! We can celebrate Jesus, and and Jesus wants us to celebrate others, too! When we celebrate others, we are leaders who set a good example for others in what we do. Repeat our main point after me:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
celebrate! (cheer)

BIBLE CONNECT

GREEN GORILLA DAY
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Green Gorilla mask, green crayons, pen, memory verse stickers

PRACTICE the memory verse. Do the motions and say the verse together a few times.

Remember your leaders (point to head and say “bing”)
who taught you the word of God. (open hands like a book)
Think of all the good (two thumbs up)
that has come from their lives, (spread arms wide)
and follow the example (cup hands around mouth while whispering)
of their faith. (shout and pump fist in air)
Hebrews 13:7 (open hands like a book)

SAY: Knowing this verse helps us remember the leaders in our lives and that we can follow their example!

SAY: Today is a very special day at Camp Wannastay: it’s Green Gorilla Day! We’ll celebrate the Green Gorilla and learn how Green Gorilla was a leader whose example we can follow!

GIVE each child a Green Gorilla mask. ENCOURAGE children to COLOR their Green Gorilla masks. As children COLOR, use the pen and WRITE the child’s name on the mask.

CHOOSE Green Gorillas to recite the verse based on the following Green Gorillas statements:

Recite our verse if you are a Green Gorilla who …

  • is wearing green
  • favorite food is fruit
  • likes to eat banana ice cream
  • likes to swim in the water

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week and pick a prize from Counselor Poncho at the Camp Wannastay Camp Canteen! GIVE a memory verse sticker to any child who can recite the verse.

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.
Before heading to Large Group, make sure each child is wearing a camp name tag.

YOU CONNECT

WHAT IS YOU CONNECT?
You Connect is about the eGroup leader (YOU!) helping children make connections with the main point and their lives. You Connect activities reinforce the main point with fun and engaging activities. BEGIN YOU CONNECT AFTER LARGE GROUP.

GREEN GORILLA HUNT
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
stickers (1 per child), Green Gorilla Guide

SAY: It’s Green Gorilla Day! I have a special green gorilla sticker for you to put on your Green Gorilla mask. GIVE each child a sticker to put on the front of their mask. ENCOURAGE children to wear the masks.

EXPLAIN the group is going on a Green Gorilla hunt to see how Green Gorilla was a leader who celebrated Jesus and others! As you READ situations from the Green Gorilla Guide, children will REPEAT each line of the chant and ACT out motions to RESPOND to the chant.

AFTER all situations are READ, SAY: When we celebrate Jesus and others, we are being leaders! Jesus is the MOST SPECIAL person to celebrate, and He thinks we are special, too. He wants us to celebrate each other! Let’s say our main point together:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
celebrate! (cheer)

YOU CONNECT

CAMP SNACK
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Green Gorilla snack mat (1 per child), plastic cup, bag of marshmallows, food prep glove (1), die

SAY: Not only does Green Gorilla love learning about Jesus and how to be a leader at Camp Wannastay, Green Gorilla loves eating camp snacks! What do you think Green Gorilla’s favorite camp snack is? ALLOW children to guess.

EXPLAIN each child will receive a Green Gorilla snack mat and a scoop of marshmallows. Children will take turns ROLLING the die and PLACING the corresponding number of marshmallows on the numbered circles to create Green Gorilla’s favorite snack. If a child ROLLS a number with RED, the child will first RECITE the main point then PLACE the corresponding number of marshmallows on the mat.

GIVE each child a Green Gorilla snack mat. SAY: Look at your snack mat. What does it look like Green Gorillas favorite snack is? (bananas) Yes, that’s right! Green Gorilla loves to eat bananas at camp!

USE the plastic cup and GIVE each child one scoop of marshmallows. PLACE the marshmallows on the marshmallow section of the mat.

CHOOSE one child to ROLL the die. ENCOURAGE the child to PLACE marshmallows on the mat or first recite the main point if red is rolled.

During the activity, ENCOURAGE your group to be leaders by celebrating others and having a good attitude waiting their turn and not eating the marshmallows.

CONTINUE until each child has an snack mat filled with 15 marshmallows.

SAY: You made Green Gorilla’s favorite camp snack out of marshmallows! Green Gorilla is a leader, and we can be leaders, too! Let’s pray before we eat our marshmallow camp snack.

ENCOURAGE children to BOW their heads, CLOSE their eyes, and REPEAT after you:

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for our Bible story.
Help us be leaders who celebrate others.
Thank you for our snack.
We love You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

EAT the snack and clean up the eGroup area.

YOU CONNECT

CAMP MAIL
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
game board, Quest animal game piece, die, camp mailbox, camp postcard

PLACE the game board in the center of the circle. SAY: Our time today at Camp Wannastay is almost over and it’s time to get in the car and head home. We better hurry home as fast as we can because Camp Director Cricket sent each of you camp mail! PLACE your Quest animal game piece on the FINISH space on the game board. GIVE one child the die to ROLL and then move the game piece the corresponding number of spaces.

AFTER each roll, ENCOURAGE the group to complete one of the following actions:

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CONTINUE until you reach the START space on the game board. SAY: We’ve made it home! Let’s see who our postcard is from! GRAB the camp mailbox and PULL OUT a camp postcard. READ the camp postcard ALOUD, then give each child a camp postcard to take home.

SAY: Each weekend at Camp Wannastay you can collect another postcard from one of our Quest friends. HOLD UP the camp mailbox. EXPLAIN children will receive their own camp mailbox to collect their postcards in. ENCOURAGE children to put the camp mailbox on their refrigerator or kitchen table.

Each child will receive his or her camp mailbox during dismissal.

SAY: Take your camp postcard home and put it in your camp mailbox. Look at your camp postcard everyday to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned we can be a leader by celebrating others! Let’s say our main point together:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
celebrate! (cheer)

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES

BUG HUNT
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
camp packing list, bug cards (8), bug net (2), leader cards (16)

EXPLAIN children are going to see who can CATCH the bugs the quickest.

LAY the bug cards face up in the center of the circle and GIVE two children a bug net.

HOLD UP a leader card so the two children can see the bug shown on the leader card. The child who does not catch the bug card first will stand up and RECITE the main point:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
work hard! (fist on top of fist)

AFTER a child has recited the main point, GIVE two different children the bug nets and HOLD UP another leader cardCONTINUE as time allows.