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Quest eGroup :: June 13/14

CAMP WANNASTAY

MAIN POINT

Jesus
(point up)
is my leader!
(thumbs to chest)

BIBLE STORY

Jesus Chooses Helpers
Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:27-28, 6:12-16, 9:1-6

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 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 list. INSTRUCT children to color the camp packing list.

AFTER children have colored the camp packing list, GIVE one child the camp die. EXPLAIN children will ROLL the camp die to determine the number of items (not bugs) to pack for camp. Children will ROLL the camp die and on his or her camp packing list CIRCLE the number of items (not bugs) rolled. CONTINUE for two 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 number of items rolled.
  • Turn the coloring activity into a game. Have children take turns rolling the camp die to determine how many camp items 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 (12), 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 sticker, GIVE two different children the bug nets and HOLD UP another leader card. GIVE 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, 6:00, 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 tags. PICK a 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.

HOOT’S HOUSE
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
birdhouses (4), Hoot card, memory verse stickers

SAY: This month we have a new memory verse to learn. It says:

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

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

Practice the memory verse a few times then PLAY Hoot’s House. PLACE the birdhouse’s in the center of the circle. EXPLAIN children will close their eyes and Hoot will fly to a birdhouse. While the children’s eyes are closed, PLACE the Hoot card under a birdhouse and ALLOW children to open their eyes. CALL on one child to guess where Hoot is. If the child CHOOSES the birdhouse with Hoot, the child will STAND UP and RECITE the memory verse. If the child does not CHOOSE the birdhouse with Hoot, the entire group will STAND UP and FIND a new seat in the group. ENCOURAGE children to flap their wings and fly to a new seat.

CONTINUE until a child has found Hoot. ALLOW this child to HIDE Hoot in a different birdhouse and PLAY AGAIN.

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week and pick a prize from Counselor Poncho at the Camp Wannastay Camp Canteen! ALLOW children to recite verse by themselves. If a child can recite the memory verse PLACE a memory verse sticker on the child’s camp name tag.

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.

FOLLOW THE FISH
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
net, fish cards (12)

SAY: In today’s Bible story, we learned about some men who chose Jesus as their leader. Four of those men were fishermen. Today, you are going to go fishing, too!

HOLD up the net and fish cards. EXPLAIN children will use the net to catch fish. GIVE one child the net and another child one fish card.

EXPLAIN children will pass the net and fish card around the circle in the same direction. The faster the net is passed, the quicker the net can catch the fish. The net catches the fish when both are held by the same child.

When a child catches a fish, SAY: Great job! You caught a fish. Let’s see what the fish has to say!

READ the situation on the back of the fish card and ENCOURAGE the child to answer. GIVE the net and a different fish card to two more children. CONTINUE until all fish have been caught.

SAY: Four men left their jobs as fishermen to follow Jesus. They chose Jesus as their leader. We can choose to follow Jesus, too. Let’s say our main point together:

Jesus (point up)
is my leader! (thumbs to chest)

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • For younger children, choose one child to stand in the middle of the group, holding the net. The other children will pass the fish card until you, SAY: Follow the leader! The child with the net will “catch” the fish card from the child holding it. CONTINUE with the activity as written.

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 following the best leader, Jesus! Let’s say our main point together:

Jesus (point up)
is my leader! (thumbs to chest)

YOU CONNECT

JESUS CHOOSES HELPERS
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. Who did Jesus see when He was by the water? (some men fishing)
  2. What did Jesus say to them? (Come follow me!)
  3. Did the men leave their boats to follow Jesus? (yes)
  4. Did Jesus meet more men who He asked to follow Him? (yes)
  5. How many helpers did Jesus ask to follow Him? (12)
  6. Did Jesus want to teach his helpers how to be leaders like Him? (yes)

SAY: We can follow Jesus, just like the helpers in our story. We need a leader every day who shows us what to say and do. Jesus is the BEST leader, and Jesus is OUR leader! Repeat our main point after me:

Jesus (point up)
is my leader! (thumbs to chest)

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES

BUG HUNT
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
camp packing list, bug cards (12), bug net (2), leader cards (24)

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:

Jesus (point up)
is my leader! (thumbs to chest)

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