Across the region there are great summer camps and other resources for families and children of all ages.
Summer camps and programs are a perfect way for kids to connect with their faith and make more friends at the same time. There are many types of camps to choose from: traditional away-camps a distance from home requiring 2-3 days to two week stays, day camps where the child returns home each evening, to longer camps that offer opportunities for training to return as a camp counselor when older. The focus of each camp can vary as well. Some camps are denominational in nature and bring students from their church and other churches in their denomination together. The camps are them-based and bring students from a variety of denominational backgrounds. Either type of camp may focus on spirituality and are often centered around outdoor activities. While this can be true for local opportunities, Day Camps may also be either denominational in nature or open to all children with faith backgrounds. These may also have themes around the fine arts, science, exploration other topics.church camp, which introduces and strengthens the foundations of the church as well as provides an outlet for youngsters to explore friendships.
No one k nows the needs and personality of their child better than a parent. When choosing a camp, make sure to include your child in the decision making. Ask them what their interests are, if friends attending is important or if they want to “get away” from their traditional friend group for a short period to meet new people. By having these discussions, you are sure to find a camp that will fulfill both the desires of the parent and the desires of the student.
Below are camps which Metro Voice has found to offer the highest standard of quality while meeting the needs of these parents and students.
CAMP CUMCITO (City Union Mission Camp in the Ozarks)
Each summer more than 650 children from impoverished and homeless families throughout the Kansas City metro area enjoy bright sunny days filled with love, laughter and the opportunity to make new friends at our residential summer camp located in Warsaw, Mo. They sleep in clean, safe beds and are provided three nutritious daily meals and wholesome snacks. In chapel, at campfires and during quiet times with caring Christian volunteers, they learn about Jesus Christ and how he can help them build bright futures. Boys and girls ages 7 through 16 attend Big Camp, where they take part in swimming, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, and other exciting adventures. In our Tot Lot, youngsters 4 through 6 are provided with appropriate summer-camping clothing and swimsuits and enjoy story times, tea parties and pony rides. Weekly sessions are held throughout the summer months for young campers as well as families.
To ensure no camper is left out this year, consider filling one of our many volunteer roles for one or more of our six week-long sessions. We need cabin counselors and assistance in food service, housekeeping and office administration. Lifeguards are also in the list, as well as bus monitors and attendants to assist children departing to camp from the city and returning home again.
If you or your group can volunteer your hearts and hands, visit https://cityunionmission.org/campcumcito/ for a list of all the opportunities yet to be filled!
CAMP WOOD YMCA
Is your child ready for summer camp?
Summer camp builds confidence, teaches social skills and encourages values like respect and responsibility. And the friendships and memories will last a lifetime! But how do you know if your child is ready for camp?
At Camp Wood YMCA, we understand that the answers to these questions vary for every child. Here are 5 tips to help you decide.
- Encourage independence. Allow children to take charge of their routines. Let them brush their teeth, shower and get dressed on their own. Do they do a (mostly) good job? If so, they’ll be able to handle these everyday tasks at camp.
- Practice being away from home. If your child has never spent a night away, now is the time to try. If they do well, they’re probably ready for sleepaway camp.
- Talk it out. Have an open conversation about camp. What are they worried about? Address their fears while encouraging them that camp is a welcoming place.
- Visit camp. Attend our Open House, Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. Bring your camper and let them explore. When they return this summer, camp will be a familiar place.
- Trust your instincts. Parents know their children best. If you still have concerns about a full week of camp, try one of the following options.
- Mini-Camp: Designed for 5 to 8 year-olds, Mini-Camp is a 4-day session and serves as a great introduction to camp.
- Family Camp: Our weekend family camps are designed to build strong families through shared adventures and time together outdoors. It’s a great way to help parents and campers feel comfortable with the Camp Wood YMCA experience.
Need more information? Explore www.campwood.org to learn about Camp Wood YMCA’s summer and family camps or give us a call at (620) 273-8641.
THE CULTURE HOUSE
Spend your summer at The Culture House … NOW IN TWO LOCATIONS (Olathe & Oak Park Mall)!
Our 2018 summer programs include dance, theatre, music and visual art … all taught by professionally trained adults.
TWO WEEK INTENSIVE PRODUCTIONS! “Aida” (ages 13-21), “Aladdin ” (ages 10-13), “Winnie the Pooh” (ages 6-11) and “Willy Wonka” (ages 10-14)!
STORLING DANCE INTENSIVE! Master classes in all styles for intermediate and advanced students (ages 10+).
OTHER AMAZING WORKSHOPS AND CAMPS! Rudimental (percussion) Bootcamp, Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Songs from Matilda, Music of Moana, Isle of Lost Combat, Broadway Now, Improv, Princess Ballerina, Me & My Dolly Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap & MORE!
Openings limited! ENROLL NOW! www.culturehouse.com
The Culture House, founded in 1996, now has two locations:
Olathe houses our Conservatory of the Arts which offers extensive training in Dance, Theatre, Music and Art for both the recreational and the vocational student; our professional division that includes Storling Dance Theatre; the TCH Recording Studio; our artist in residence, Ken de la Durantaye; and our Summer Broadway Musical Theatre Program.
Oak Park Mall is home to classes and workshops for beginner students in Dance and Theatre, as well as ongoing classes in Adult Fitness, Adult Tap and Hip Hop (for ages 7 & up). The Stage will also present a wide variety of performances, talent competitions, special workshops and inspiring gatherings. Stay tuned for upcoming events!!
We are fortunate to have 50+ professional artists investing their skill and inspiration into our students.
Please explore our website for class listings, calendar of events and upcoming performances (both at Oak Park Stage & Studio and elsewhere in Kansas City). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 913-393-3141 or at email@example.com. Visit www.culturehouse.com.
DON’T MISS THESE GREAT CAMPS FOR 2018!
Dramatic Truth’s three Summer camps for all ages
CAMP #1 – The Dramatic Truth Worship Dance Intensive offers a technically challenging, professional ballet and modern training program, designed for serious dancers. The Intensive will take place at the Dramatic Truth Studio, 10510 Grandview Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137. The event has expanded to three weeks, July 8 – 27 but, a student can take one week or two weeks only, if they wish. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Point & Variations, Pas de Deux, Hip Hop, Pilates, Men’s Class, Contemporary, Character, Irish Step and Modern. The Intensive is for ages 12 to professional seeking individualized instruction.
This three week intensive will provide a unique experience in that:
- You will study in a highly intense, challenging and focused environment that will guide you in your ballet and modern technical skills as well as other dance forms that compliment you as a ballet artist.
- You will learn alongside other dancers who are serious about pursuing excellence as well as finding God’s purpose for their dancing. Our intensive is a time of intense, daily physical training with evenings full of worship and seeking the Lord in an environment targeted toward releasing your gifts.
- As an advanced dancer you may be considered as a candidate to audition as an apprentice or company member for Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre’s professional dance company.
CAMP #2 is Dramatic Truth’s Youth Worship Dance Intensive 2018 is an amazing opportunity for the young, yet serious student to accelerate their progress during the summer months. They will experience hands on, personal attention with seasoned professionals! The date is for 1 week, June 17-23 with classes from 9am – 2pm. This event is ideal for boys and girls ages 7 – 12 with one to two years ballet experience. Students will receive 3 classes per day along with morning devotions, and afternoon times of worship. Classes include ballet, contemporary, choreography, and stage presence. They will conclude the week by having their stage makeup done by a professional makeup artist, and presenting a concert of worship pieces they learned at the intensive. Instructors and classes offered include Mary Marshall -Ballet, Contemporary, Tobin James –Modern, and Caitlin Gregorczyk –Worship.
For more information visit http://www.dramatictruth.org/youth-dance-intensive/
GRANDVIEW CHRISTIAN SUMMER CAMP (Grandview Christian School and Golden Eagle Preschool)
Summer Camp-a-Palooza at Grandview Christian School!
Your student’s won’t want to miss the fun at GCS’s Camp-a-Palooza this summer!
From the Safari to the Big Top, we will have games, activities & learning components to go along with each of the weekly themes. Camp begins Monday, May 21st, and goes through Friday, August 3rd.
Along with the ‘camping’ fun, we will have daily praise and worship, as well as plenty of time to keep math & reading skills sharp. Your students will thoroughly enjoy all 11 weeks of our summer camp program, culminating with an End of Camp Carnival held on August 3rd @ 6pm.
We accept students from age 3 through 6th grade (completed). Camp fees include morning/afternoon snacks, packable lunches, and field trip fees. Note: Preschool age students will not attend all field trips, but only those that are age appropriate.
Weekly and daily ‘drop-in’ rates are available. Camp begins each day at 7:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Extended care is available as early as 6:30pm and as late as 5:30pm, for a nominal fee.
Our teachers really know how to engage all the students and make learning an adventure! We are excited to have your student(s) join us for a summer filled with fun & learning at Grandview Christian School’s Camp-a-Palooza!
For more information visit us ONLINE!
Living Waters Canoe Ministry
Drawing a straight line…
By Paul Ewing, Founder
On my own, even in the best of circumstances, I am only decent at drawing straight lines. Now imagine we are driving 55 miles per hour down a curvy Ozarks road, with you and your friend both holding the same pen trying to draw a straight line while the paper is being jerked in different directions….that can be like canoeing.
I’ve observed canoe partners become frenemies. I’ve seen tiny branches wreak havoc. I’ve seen once tricky cross currents turn into a great friend (once you learn them). In all of this I have yet to see many straight lines.
It just is not the point.
So why are we so dedicated to this ministry? First, it is about Jesus. The life He was born to lead and the price He paid so that we may live a life eternal in the Creator’s presence. Sometimes in the comfort of the noise of our life, we can ignore the Creation and the Creator. But out here, on the river, in the demands of silence… it is unmistakable. There is a God, and He wants our attention.
That is the point.
God brings us each to Him at His time and His place. Being given the opportunity to serve that loving God is life’s greatest privilege. Since 2001, we’ve been blessed to work with over a hundred volunteers; many of them complete families with young children. Never once had a volunteer imagined themselves at Living Waters. But just as the straight line is not the point, saying YES to the calling is the point.
We are pleased to share His creation with you. Dive In!
Visit us at www.john738.com
MARANATHA ACADEMY’S EAGLES CAMP
Welcome to Maranatha Christian Academy’s Eagles Camp Soaring!
Come and experience an awesome Christ-centered summer with us!
Eagles Camp Soaring is a Christian Summer School Camp where we believe learning can take place when kids are having fun! Our 10-week summer camp program is designed to strengthen and improve their school skills without missing out on summer fun activities!
Camp days are filled with academic learning and enrichment activities carefully planned to stimulate kids intellectually, physically, socially, and biblically. Our mornings focus on academic subjects like Language Arts, Math and Science so learning can continue throughout the summer months. The afternoons are reserved for enrichment activities to inspire creativity, build relationships and shape Christian character.
We have a team of experienced teachers who know how to make learning fun! But learning just doesn’t happen in the building, it can happen anywhere. That’s why we planned learning activities to take them outside to explore the world around them. When students are engaged in learning, good things happen.
There’s so much to explore and do at Eagles Camp Soaring! We invite any student in 1st-6th grade to come and join us. We also have a program designed just for little ones where students entering Pre-K or Kindergarten can gain more fundamental school readiness skills in a fun learning environment.
We are excited to have you join us for a summer of learning and fun!
For more information visit https://mca-eagles.org/mca-summer-camp-programs/
VICTORY SOCCER CAMP
Victory Soccer Camp’s mission focuses on serving the local community and church. We equip, empower, and encourage children to live a life of integrityand faithfulness to God.
What if there was a way your child could play soccer in a nurturing, professional, and skillful environment that not only teaches vital soccer skills, but also develops their spiritual growth? That’s what Victory Soccer Camp is all about.
- We provide professional quality soccer instruction in a fun and exciting environment. Children will learn to combine excellence in sports with a relationship with Christ.
- Daily Bible Half-time is a highlight at camp. Our excellent curriculum helps to make the Bible come alive and attainable to the camper’s own lives.
- Being an athlete is not required. Our camp is designed for students with all levels of athletic ability.
Professional Quality Soccer Instructions, Dribbling, Passing, Receiving, Shooting, Foot Work, Juggling, Ball Control, Mini Games, Scrimmages, Skill Drills, Bible Half-time, and FUN!!
GORAN’S BIO: Goran was born in Croatia, Europe. He played 19 years of professional outdoor and indoor soccer in Europe and the United States. He has coached a professional team for 5 years. God blessed him with a long professional career achieving many awards: seven times voted All Star; numerous times MVP, Offensive Player of the Year; member of the US Indoor National Team: honored to represent the United States in the 1996 Indoor World Cup in Spain; one of only 10 players in history to score 1,000 points; one of 16 players to score over 500 professional goals. Goran played in 18 different countries in the world. Goran also played locally for KC Wizards (Sporting KC) and KC Comets. Goran enjoys working with youth. He feels compelled to pass his soccer knowledge and talents to all ages to help them improve their skill level, gain confidence, and develop a positive self image.
For more information visit www.victoryinsoccer.org