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Quest LG :: August 1/2

CAMP WANNASTAY

Bible Story:

Nehemiah Rebuilds the Walls
Nehemiah 1-3; 4:1-6; 6:15-16; 12:27, 43

Main Point:
Leaders (point up)
do what’s right! (hands out, palms up)

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 the air)
Hebrews 13:7
(open hands like a book)

SERIES OVERVIEW

It’s time to pack your bags and head to camp for a camping adventure! We’ll learn how we can all be leaders who set an example for others in everything we say and do. 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 at camp all summer long!

CHARACTERS

Poncho (live) – Poncho is a camp counselor at Camp Wannastay.
Brownie Bear (video) – Brownie Bear shares our camp rules and camp fire Bible story.
Hoot (video) – Hoot is a friendly owl who loves to sing and worship with campers.
Camp Director Cricket (voice over) – Cricket is the camp director at Camp Wannastay.

PROPS

CLIPBOARD: Poncho uses the clipboard at the beginning of Large Group as he/she pretends to look over the camp schedule for the day.
WALKIE TALKIE: Poncho uses the walkie talkie each time he/she communicates with Camp Director Cricket. The walkie talkie can be kept in Poncho’s back pocket.
WHITE WARTHOG MASK: Poncho comes on stage wearing the mask at the beginning of Quest Large Group.
BACKPACK: Poncho wears the backpack to keep the camp mail in during Large Group.

Quest Rules Video                                                        [1:45]

Video: Quest Rules Video

Scene 1: Camp Wannastay                                          [0:45]

Video: Cricket V.O 1

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Well, hello there campers! I’m Camp Director Cricket. Welcome to Camp Wannastay. I just love the outdoors and spending time at camp! I love it so much I wannastay everyday! And today is a special day because it’s White Warthog Day at camp. I hope all of you are wearing white for White Warthog Day! We’re going to have so much fun today on our camp adventures. First let’s meet your camp counselor, Poncho! On the count of three can you all yell “Poncho?” 1, 2, 3!

(Allow kids to yell, “Poncho.”)

Poncho: (Walks onto stage, wearing the White Warthog mask, holding the walkie talkie in hand.) Wow, what a welcome! Thanks Camp Director Cricket, and thanks friends. I’m Poncho and I just love Camp Wannastay and White Warthog Day! I see you are ready to celebrate White Warthog Day too – your White Warthog masks look great, campers. If you’re ready to celebrate White Warthog, then stand up!

(Allow children to stand up.)

Poncho: Since it’s White Warthog Day at camp, let’s pretend to be White Warthogs! White Warthogs like to play in the mud, so let me see you pretend to throw mud at your neighbor. (Pretend to throw mud at the children, and encourage the children to pretend to throw mud at their neighbors as well.) 

Great job! White Warthogs also have two tusks on their face. Let’s all make tusks like the White Warthog! (Put pointer fingers on cheeks, pointing out, to make tusks.) All of you look just like our friend White Warthog. You know, warthogs are a type of pig, which means they oink! Let me hear my campers make the loudest oink you can make! (Cup your hand to your ear, listening for the children to oink as loud as possible.) Great job, campers! You make great White Warthogs.

Poncho: There are lots of animals around camp, so be on the lookout! There are lots of White Warthog, but the animal I see most are bears. But not just any bear. I always see our friend Brownie Bear! Let’s go on a bear hunt together around camp to find Brownie Bear. During our bear hunt, I want you to do what I do and repeat after me. Now, let’s see what we can find.

Video: Bear Hunt                                                           [1:30]

VIDEO: Bear Hunt -Mountain

We’re going on a bear hunt. (Pat legs.) 

We’re looking for a big bear. (Make binoculars with hands.)

Ooooooooh look! (Look RIGHT and point.) 

It’s a tall mountain(Shield eyes with hand and look up.) 

We can’t go around it. (Shake head “No” and hold hands out to the side, palms up.) 

Let’s climb up it. (Point up)

(Poncho pretends to climb in place on stage, leading the children to do the same.)

Altogether now! Reach, reach, reach, reach.

And stop! 

(Poncho freezes in place, and encourages the children to do the same.)

Poncho: We made it! That was so much fun! Great job, campers. Phew! (Pretends to wipe sweat from forehead.) I think it’s time for us to sit down and take a quick rest. (Poncho sits down on stage and encourages the children to sit down as well.) Now that our bear hunt is over, everyone take off your White Warthog masks and give them to your eGroup Leader. We want to make sure we can see everything on our adventure today!

(Take White Warthog mask off and put it inside the backpack. Allow time for eGroup Leaders to collect White Warthog masks from all the children in their eGroups.)

Poncho: Hey, look! I see something moving right over there.

(Points to the video screen.)

Video: Brownie Bear Rules                                            [1:06]

VIDEO: Brownie Bear Rules

(Poncho watches the Rules Video with the children.)

Scene 2: Hoot                                                                  [0:20]

Video: Screen Graphic 

Poncho: Campers! Can you believe it? We just saw a real, live bear! But, Brownie Bear wasn’t scary at all. She even gave us some great ways to be safe during our time at camp. One of my favorite parts about camp is seeing all the different animals out in the wild. In fact, (cups hand to ear) I think I hear another animal now! Do you hear that, campers?

(Directs children’s attention towards screen.)

Video: Hoot_1a

Poncho: (After seeing Hoot peaking out on the screen.) Oh look campers, it looks like our friend Hoot is flying our way! (Once Hoot appears completely on the screen, waves excitedly.) Hi Hoot!

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 2 + Hoot_1b

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Attention campers! You’ve found our friend Hoot. Hoot loves to sing and he always has a great song to share with us. All campers, stand up and sing with Hoot! 

Song: Camp Wannastay                                                 [2:11]

Video: Camp Wannastay SONG

(Poncho leads children through the song with dancing and hand motions.)

Scene 3: Camp Mail                                                       [2:00]

Slide: Screen Graphic

Poncho: Great singing campers. You can sit down now!

(Allow children to sit down.)

SLIDE: Camp Mail Bugle 

Poncho: (Hears bugle noise.) Oh boy! That sound can only mean one thing – CAMP MAIL! (Dances around with excitement.)

Poncho: Camp mail is one of my favorite things about being at camp because you never know who might send it. Today at Camp Wannastay we got a post card from the White Warthog! (Holds up walkie talkie to talk to Camp Director Cricket.) Camp Director Cricket, can you read it to us?

VIDEO: Postcard + Cricket V.O. 3

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Sure, Poncho. Campers, today’s camp mail is from White Warthog since we’re celebrating White Warthog Day! Listen closely as I read the post card to you!

Hey Campers! Thank you for coming to White Warthog Day at Camp Wannastay! During White Warthog Day, we’re going to learn, “Leaders do whats right.”

I’m a leader because one time at Camp Wannastay, I helped Green Gorilla clean up all the rafting supplies after they got knocked down. You can be a leader too, by doing what’s right. Have fun today, and remember, “Leaders do what’s right!”

White Warthog

SLIDE: Screen Graphic

Poncho: (Holds up walkie talkie to talk to Camp Director Cricket.) Thank you Camp Director Cricket! What a great post card from our friend White Warthog! Something special White Warthog learned at Camp Wannastay is,

SLIDE: WK8 Main Point

Leaders (point to self) 
do whats right! (two thumbs up)

Poncho: Can you say that with me, campers?

Leaders (point to self) 
do whats right! (two thumbs up)

Poncho: Great job! Just like White Warthog, we can be leaders and do what’s right.

Scene 4: Campfire Story                                             [0:45]

Slide: Cricket V.O 4

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Attention campers! It’s time for us to have a campfire! But a campfire wouldn’t be complete with out a campfire story. And you know who tells the best campfire stories at Camp Wannastay? Why, our good friend Brownie Bear, of course! I bet Brownie Bear is busy trying to find some honey for her belly, but let’s see if she can tell us a camp fire story!

Poncho: Oh, I love campfire stories! On the count of three, let’s all say “Brownie Bear!” as loud as we can. Ready? 1, 2, 3! Brownie Bear!

(Cup hand to ear, pretending to listen for Brownie Bear.)

Poncho: We must not have been loud enough. Campers, we’re going to need to use our outside voices to call Brownie Bear. On the count of three, let’s all say “Brownie Bear!” with our outdoor voices. Ready? 1, 2, 3! Brownie Bear!

(Cup hand to ear, pretending to listen for Brownie Bear.)

Poncho:  Oh, I can hear her now! Let’s see if she can share a campfire story with us.

Video: Brownie Bear Bible Story                                [2:09] 

VIDEO: WK8 Campfire Story

(Poncho sits down and watches the Bible story video with the children.

Scene 5: Marshmallow Review                                    [1:15]

VIDEO: Cricket V.O 5

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): What a fun campfire story! But a campfire story wouldn’t be complete without … marshmallows! Let’s see if you can remember what we learned during our campfire Bible story today.

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 6 + Marshmallow 1a

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Did Nehemiah go home to climb trees or to fix walls?

(Wait for children to respond – “Fix walls!”)

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 7 + Marshmallow1b

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): That’s right! Nehemiah knew he needed to be a leader and did what was right by fixing the walls of his town.

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 8 + Marshmallow2a

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Does God want us to do what’s right only when its raining or do what’s right every day?

(Wait for children to respond – “Everyday!)

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 9 + Marshmallow2b

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): You got it! We can be leaders just like Nehemiah, and do what’s right everyday in all we do and say!

Poncho: Wait, Camp Director Cricket! (Cups hand to ear.) I think I hear our special owl friend flying our way. Do you hear that, campers?

(Directs children’s attention towards screen.)

VIDEO:  Hoot_2

Poncho: (After seeing Hoot peaking out on the screen.) It sounds like Hoot!

Poncho: (Once Hoot appears completely on the screen, wave excitedly.) Hi again, Hoot! (To the children.) We know Hoot loves to sing songs about Jesus! Are you ready to sing? Let’s all stand up and sing with Hoot!

Song: Jump Around                              [1:58]

SONG: Jump Around

Poncho: Great singing campers. You can have a seat!

(Allow children to sit down.)

Scene 6: Memory Point Review                                   [1:00]

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 10

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Attention all campers! Something special we do here at Camp Wannastay is learn Bible verses. As your camp counselor, Poncho will teach you all our camp Bible verse!

Poncho: That’s right! I would love to! Our camp Bible verse is Hebrews 13:7.

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 the air)
Hebrews 13:7 (open hands like a book)

Poncho: This verse teaches us to follow the example of our leaders. I want all my campers to stand up and repeat our camp Bible verse after me!

(Allow children to stand up.)

Poncho: Ready? Here we go!

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

Poncho: Great job, campers! To help us learn this Bible verse, we’re going to sing a song together. Everyone stay standing and sing with me!

Song: Hebrews 13:7                                                 [1:58]

SONG: Hebrews 13:7

(Poncho leads children through the song with dancing and hand motions.)

Scene 7: Dismissal                                                   [1:30]     

Slide: Screen Graphic

Poncho: Great singing friends! You can sit down now!

(Allow children to sit down.)

SLIDE: Cricket V.O. 11

Camp Director Cricket (V.O.): Great job campers! Our Bible verse teaches us how we can learn from our Bible story. Poncho, you know what that means – remember, think and follow! 

Poncho: That’s right! Time for us to remember our Bible story, think about the good things from our story, and follow the example set by the people in the Bible story.

Slide: Remember_ WK8

Poncho: First, let’s REMEMBER (hands on hips and tilt head sideways) who the leader is. Who were the leaders we learned about today?

(Allow children to answer – “Nehemiah!”)

Poncho: Yes, that’s right!

Slide: Think_WK8

Poncho: Now, let’s THINK (point to head using pointer finger) about the good things he did. How did Nehemiah do what’s right?

(Allow children to answer – “By building the walls!”)

Poncho: Great job friends!

Slide: Follow_WK8

Poncho: Now, let’s say how can we FOLLOW (march in place)  Nehemiah’s example and be a leader. How can you be a leader like Nehemiah?

(Allow children to answer – “By doing what’s right!”)

Poncho: Great job friends! You’re on your way to being great leaders already.

SLIDE: Triangle Bell

VIDEO: Cricket V.O. 12

CD Cricket (V.O.): You know what that sound means, campers! Time for all camp counselors to report down to the lake while you campers head back to your eGroups. Thanks for joining us at Camp Wannastay for White Warthog Day. I hope you had fun and wannastay just like I do! See you all next week. Bye, campers!

Poncho: It’s time for me to head to the lake and time for you to continue celebrating White Warthog Day in eGroup! eGroup Leaders, go ahead and help your group put their White Warthog masks on. I’ll see you next week. Bye, campers!

(Walks off stage, waving to the children. eGroup Leaders should continue to put masks on children before dismissed from Large Group.)

Video: Quest Dismissal Slides                                            

(Cue the dismissal slides for each Quest Animal eGroup.)