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Quest eGroup :: June 20/21

CAMP WANNASTAY

MAIN POINT

Leaders
(thumbs to chest)
let others
(point out)
go first!
(show one finger)

BIBLE STORY

Deborah Helps God’s People
Judges 4:1-16, 5:4, 20-21

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 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 (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, 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.

BLUE BEAVER DAY
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Blue Beaver masks, blue 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 Blue Beaver Day! We’ll celebrate the Blue Beaver and learn how Blue Beaver was a leader whose example we can follow!

GIVE each child a Blue Beaver mask and blue crayon. ENCOURAGE children to COLOR their Blue Beaver masks. As children COLOR, use the pen and WRITE the child’s name on the mask.

AFTER all children have colored a Blue Beaver mask, collect the crayons. HELP each child put on his or her mask then PRACTICE the memory verse.

CHOOSE Blue Beavers to recite the verse based on the following Blue Beaver statements:

Recite our verse if you are a Blue Beaver who …

  • likes to play outside on a sunny day
  • is wearing glasses
  • likes to eat chocolate ice cream
  • is wearing blue

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 his or her Blue Beaver mask.

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.

BLUE BEAVER IS A LEADER
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
blue beaver cards

SAY: At Camp Wannastay we learn how we can be leaders in all we do and all we say. What did Deborah do to show she was a leader? (She let Barak go first.) Blue Beaver let Pink Pig go first on the water slide. Blue Beaver is a leader, too!

PLACE the Blue Beaver cards in the center of the group. EXPLAIN children will practice being a leader like Blue Beaver. CHOOSE one Blue Beaver to PICK a Blue Beaver card. READ the statement from the Blue Beaver card. ALLOW the group to discuss the card then CHOOSE a child to PICK another Blue Beaver card.

AFTER all Blue Beaver cards have been READ, SAY: You and I can be leaders this week by letting others go first. When we are a leader, we set an example for others! Let’s say our main point together:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
let others (point to others)
go first! (show one finger)

COLLECT ALL THE BLUE BEAVER MASKS AND PLACE IN THE eGROUP BIN.
Return masks to children during Dismissal.

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 when we let others go first! Let’s say our main point together:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
let others (point to others)
go first! (show one finger)

YOU CONNECT

THREE FROM ME
FATHER’S DAY ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
three finger foam finger (1 per child), Father’s Day sticker (1 per child)

SAY: This weekend we celebrate some special men in our lives – our dads, our grandpas, and other men who love us and care for us! If one of these men is at church today, he learned three things (HOLD UP three fingers) to help him care for you even more!

SAY: Who remembers how many things your dad learned today? ENCOURAGE children to HOLD UP three fingers and SAY: Three! Because your dad, grandpa, or the special men in your life learned three things, we need to learn three things WE can say to them to show how much we love them and thank them for all they do for us!

SAY: Everyone HOLD UP three fingers. Let’s first practice giving each other high threes. ENCOURAGE children to give each other high threes.

SAY: Great job! I think you are ready for … this! PULL OUT the three finger foam finger and GIVE each child one. SAY: This isn’t just a foam finger, it’s a three finger foam finger. I want you to use it to give a high three to your dad or special man in your life and say these three things:

  • Thanks for bringing me to church.
  • You help me learn more about God.
  • I love you!

PRACTICE giving high threes and saying each phrase. USE different voices to PRACTICE the phrases.

  • robot voice
  • squeaky mouse voice
  • princess voice
  • underwater voice
  • whisper voice
  • loud voice

SAY: When you leave today, don’t forget to give your dad a high three and SAY: Thanks for bringing me to church. You help me learn more about God. I love you!”

GIVE each child a Father’s Day sticker to wear. These stickers will help communicate what was learned in Quest.

During dismissal, remind children to GIVE their dad a high three and SAY the three phrases.

YOU CONNECT

DEBORAH HELPS GOD’S PEOPLE
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 was coming to fight God’s people? (a big army)
  2. Who did God tell Deborah to go find? (Barak)
  3. Who was going to help Barak win the battle? (God)
  4. Was Barak scared? (yes)
  5. Who went with Barak to help him? (Deborah)
  6. When the army got closer, what did Deborah tell Barak? (God would help him win the battle.)
  7. Who let Barak go first in battle? (Deborah)
  8. Who helped Barak win the battle? (God)

SAY: Deborah was a leader because she let Barak go first. We can be a leader like Deborah and let others go first, too! Repeat our main point after me:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
let others (point to others)
go first! (show one finger)

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:

Leaders (thumbs to chest)
let others (point to others)
go first! (show one finger)

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.