Registration is now closed for the summer of 2019. Check back throughout the year for more information on how you can be a part of children's ministry at CARB.
When: June 24-Aug. 2, Monday-Friday from 9a-4p with the option for an extended day pass *Camp will not be offered July 4 & 5
Where: The Church at Ross Bridge (newly renovated--see images below) and field trip locations throughout Birmingham (see our growing special events calendar below!)
Who: Rising 1st through 6th graders being led by college age counselors with the energy, enthusiasm, and camp experience to give our campers a summer they’ll never forget!
Cost: $135 - per week (*Only $85 for the week of July 1-3)
$30 - Registration fee (non-refundable, comes with a one-of-a-kind Camp Connect t-shirt)
$15 - Optional extended-day pass good for any 5 early drop Offs (7:30-8:45a) or late pick ups (4:15-5:30p)... All proceeds go to our foster family scholarship fund! (see below)
Our Leadership Team:
Program Director: Jonathan Punt
Jonathan has been working with kids ever since he was one! He's worked as a cabin couselor and program coordinator at "Camp Ascend," a day camp in central Florida, "Camp Roger," an overnight camp in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a children's sports camp in the Sichuan province of China. He helped with VBS at CARB last summer and is so excited to be leading Camp Connect this summer. "My favorite thing about working at camps is by far the unique relationships I've been able to build with campers through friendly camp competitions, goofy games, and all kinds of adventurous activites," he says. "There is just no place like camp!"
Administrative Director: Julie Adams
Julie brings years of both orginizational and childcare experience to our team. Since 2014 she has been directing a nonprofit organization she founded called "The Overflow Foundation" while teaching preschool at Trinity UMC. Before 2014 she has directed the Wee Angels Preschool, children and youth ministries at Christ Central Church (Gadsen), and youth ministries at Trinity UMC. She knows how to have fun!--Just ask any of our Bridge Kids! About Camp she says, "I'm super excited to see what the Lord has in store for the children at Camp Connect!"
Sample schedule for a non-field trip day:
8:45-9: Camper drop-off
9-9:30: Opening ceremonies with a skit about God’s love for the whole world
9:30-10:30: Cabin bonding time (1st-2nd graders playing poison dart frog in the small field, 3rd-4th graders playing raider ball in the big field and 5th-6th graders playing capture the flag extreme at the park)
10:30-11:30: Whole Camp Competition: Campers paint up and compete in an epic capture the flag showdown!
11:30-12:15: Prayer, worship songs, and lunch
12:15-2:00: Choice time: Campers can choose to play on the blow up water slide, compete in the lego tower building competition, paint their own world map, or all of the above!
2-2:45: Cabin devotions, reading time, and snack
2:45-3:45: Special activity: Hungry Hippos in real life (camp store will be open for campers to spend their hard-earned camp dollars during this time)
3:45-4: Clean-up and closing ceremonies
4-4:15: Camper pick-up
Why camp “connect?”
At the Church at Ross Bridge, our goal is to connect everyone who walks through our doors to the abundant life in Jesus Christ, and camp connect is grounded in those same convictions. Camp will be divided into three two-week sessions. During each session we will emphasize one of the key connections that makes up the abundant life. In the first session, we will focus on connecting with each other by sharing exciting experiences together and learning about how God connects his church under one mission. In the second session, we will connect with God through fun worship songs and through lessons about developing a healthy relationship with him. Finally, in the third, we will connect with the world by hearing from international missionaries and learning about other cultures. We hope you’ll connect with us!
A note from the director:
I believe that summers present an incredible opportunity for growth in all the areas of child development that can’t be taught in the classroom alone. Summer is a time when children can learn the selflessness it takes to enjoy playing with others, the courage it takes to try new things, and the creativity it takes to have fun. It’s a time when children can learn the satisfaction that comes from reading a good book, the thrill that comes from completing a brand new adventure, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from a job well done. Finally, the most important lesson I’ve learned from all the camps I’ve worked for over the past several years is that summer is a time when children can learn how great life can be when you’re a part of a close-knit community that is committed to making the most of each day, to having as much fun as possible in everything you do, and to making memories that will last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, summers too often fail to meet their full potential in children’s lives because summer care options are only concerned with providing a convenient place for children to kill time while their parents are at work. This is why we are not a day care. We are a camp. Our staff aims to be much more than just referees and peacekeepers. We aim to be counselors who pour into the lives of children as we lead them through programming and take them on trips that will help them learn, grow, and have fun!
Get pumped! Here are just a few of the special events we will be having at Camp Connect:*
1) The McWane Center is coming to Camp Connect!
5) Special visitors! Some Hoover heroes visit camp connect!
*Check back here to see even more special events as summer gets closer and we finalize our schedule! Some events may be subject to change.
Registration is now closed for summer of 2019.
Foster Family Scholarship Fund:
Due to the generourisity of CARB members, we have had the opportunity to sponsor several foster children to be able to attend camp through the ABCH and the UMHC. All proceeds from extended day passes will go toward this fund as well so that we can connect as many children as we can with God, each other, and the world this summer!
Due to our busy summer schedule, my child will only be able to attend one week of camp. Will they still have a positive experience?
We've designed camp programming in such a way as to help your campers have the best experience possible no matter what your family schedule looks like. Consequently, we will ensure the campers who attend every week of camp will be getting new experiences and new programming throughout the whole summer. At the same time, rest assured that we'll make sure campers who are only able to drop in for a week or two will not feel lost or out of place.
Please email camp director Jonathan Punt at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at 352.530.7214. He loves to talk Camp Connect!