Last week I wrote about 10 reasons why Christian Camps are a Great Thing (you can read that here if you missed it.) And yes, for you grammar lovers, Christian Camps are a ‘thing.’ I figured since we’re on the topic, we’d do a two part camp mini-series and this week look at 10 Ways to Support Your Camp. Some of these can be done during the summer, some are spring jobs, and some are any time helps. I hope you find some ideas here that you can do, because camps are great, and you are awesome, and it’s a win win.
10 Ways to Support Your Camp
1. Join the board.
If you’ve got extra time year round, there are all types who are needed on camp boards. Organized types, handy types, mechanical types, creative types… there would be a place for you.
2. Sew costumes.
Or help out with whatever specifics needs come up. I remember one spring we had a fun sewing bee making Narnia tunics and cloaks for the summer.
3. Get a list of the staff and pray for them by name.
Start early and pray for preparation details, for the staff selection and the campers to come. Pray through the summer; maybe your camp sends out a prayer request email.
4. Take out cookies for the staff lounge.
Working at camp is an awesome job, but it is also one of the most draining. Finding a ‘made with love’ treat on your break time is a huge encouragement.
5. Write the director an encouraging note.
Encouragement is always welcome and most often needed. Who doesn’t love getting mail? When it’s sent just to be uplifting, that’s even better.
6. Volunteer to cook or nurse or do maintenance or speak for a week.
Camps need these volunteers to run; you might find it to be the best week of your summer.
7. Go out to a work day.
Even a few hours can make a difference, and there are usually jobs that anyone can do. If you go together as a family, your children will find it pretty special to be helping with some of the behind the scenes stuff.
8. Be on the planning committee for a fundraiser.
If you are asked to be involved in a special project, try to make the time for it.
9. Sponsor a child to go.
You can do this through your church, if it’s a denominational camp, or through the camp itself. Some camp staff raise support; that’s a worthwhile donation, too.
10. Spread the word.
Send camp brochures to school with your kid to send home with their friends. Add a note for their parents with the week your kid is going and your number if they want to know more about it.
What are some other ways you can think of to support a camp?