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Quest eGroup :: Sept 5/6

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

BROWNIE BEAR’S BUGS
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
bug cards (8), memory verse stickers, stamp

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! 

PLAY Brownie Bear’s Bugs. PLACE the bug cards in the center of the circle. SAY: Brownie Bear has been catching bugs at Camp Wannastay, but some have escaped! EXPLAIN children will close their eyes. While the children’s eyes are closed, CHOOSE one bug card to hide. ALLOW children to open their eyes.

CALL on one child to GUESS which bug has escaped. If the child GUESSES correctly, the child will RECEIVE the bug card. If the child does not GUESS correctly, the child will STAND UP and RECITE the memory verse. CALL on another child to GUESS which bug escaped.

CONTINUE until a child has guessed the missing bug card. PLAY AGAIN as time allows.

GIVE the child who collected the most bug cards a stamp on his or her camp name tag for helping Brownie Bear find her lost bugs!

EXPLAIN to the group children today is the last day to recite the verse. Children who recite the verse can 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.

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
mailbox, postcards (8)

NOTE: Before the activity, PLACE the postcards inside the mailbox.

SAY: Today is our very last day at Camp Wannastay! We have learned so much about being leaders who set an example for others in all we say and do. We’ve had such a good time I think we need to celebrate! Let’s celebrate by reading some camp mail.

HOLD the mailbox and ALLOW one child to CHOOSE a postcard from the mailbox. READ the postcard and CELEBRATE. CONTINUE until all postcards have been READ.

AFTER all postcards are READ, SAY: You are all leaders who follow the best leader, Jesus! Every day we can celebrate Jesus and we can celebrate others, too! Let’s remember we can be leaders who celebrate by saying our main point together:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
celebrate! (cheer)

YOU CONNECT

CAMP FIRE STORIES
SNACK ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
fire, Camp Fire Story Leader Sheet, s’mores trail mix, cups (1 per child), food prep glove

SAY: One of my favorite things to do at camp is share stories around the camp fire. I have three special camp fire stories to share with you. But first, let’s pretend there is a campfire in the center of our circle. Let’s all rub our hands together like we are are cold. ENCOURAGE children to practice rubbing their hands together. Now, let’s back away from the fire like we are really hot! ENCOURAGE children to practice leaning back from the campfire.

SAY: I have a surprise for you. Everyone put your hands over your eyes and count to 10. When you get to 10, open your eyes! While children are COUNTING, PLACE the campfire in the center of the circle

SAY: Look – we have our own campfire! But campfires are very hot so we need to make sure we don’t touch the campfire. Remember to be leaders who obey by not touching the campfire.

EXPLAIN as you READ campfire stories children will COMPLETE different campfire actions. Each time you SAY: Camp Wannastay, children will RUB their hands together close to the campfire. Each time you SAY: Celebrate, children will WAVE their hands in the air and CHEER.

READ the Camp Fire Leader Sheet.

AFTER the stories have been READ, SAY: We are having so much fun at our campfire, but we are missing one thing – a yummy campfire snack! HOLD UP the s’mores trail mix. SAY: This is a very yummy way to celebrate the last day at Camp Wannastay. 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!
Thank you for all the fun
we’ve had at Camp Wannastay
learning how to be leaders.
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, Camp Wannastay Leadership Award

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 and has a SPECIAL Camp Wannastay Leadership Award for each of you! 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.

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

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: 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)

SAY: This is our last weekend at Camp Wannastay. You have worked hard to be leaders who follow the best leader, Jesus! Here is a special Leader Award to celebrate you and all of your hard work at camp! HOLD UP and READ the Camp Wannastay Leadership Award. GIVE each child a Camp Wannastay Leadership Award.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

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)

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.