How to Start a Christian Day Camp by Jane Rodda is an excellent resource for churches who are looking to start a Christian day camp which will meet the needs of youth, children, and parents in their communities. Whether you are looking to expand a Vacation Bible School Program, or start a day camp program from scratch, this guide will suit your needs.
Jane has vast experience in Christian day camp programs, and she brings this experience to the guide. She does not just give general advice. She ties in stories from her own successes and failures in the Christian day camp arena. She helps make the task seem doable, while at the same time understanding the responsibility associated with starting such a program.
This guide examines several different areas of starting a Christian day camp, including:
- The Benefits of a Christian Day Camp
- How to Assess the Needs of a Community
- Getting Started
- Recruiting Help
- How to Keep a Christian Emphasis
- How to Keep Kids Safe
- Legal Issues
- Detailed To Do and Not To Do Lists
Jane Rodda strongly feels that churches have an excellent opportunity to reach families through a quality day camp program, and her concise, step-by-step book gives accurate information without overloading you with details. If you are looking for a way to expand your children's program to help meet childcare needs within the community in a unique and exciting way, How to Start a Christian Day Camp helps lay out the steps and what you need to do. It is written is such a way that anyone, from a beginning volunteer to a seasoned children's ministry expert can benefit from reading the guide.
She spent twenty years working in both overnight and day camp programs, and Jane felt she was born to do day camp. This guide will help you to feel that same confidence.
About the Expert
Jane Rodda holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, but has previously lived and worked in several places in the United States.
Jane has over twenty years experience working in Christian Day Camps. Her first job was as an assistant craft counselor, and through the years she worked her way up to eventually directing the camps, and then eventually pioneering a brand new day camp program which served a community desperately in need of programs for children.
She wrote How To Start a Christian Day Camp because she passionately believes that Day Camps provide an excellent opportunity for churches to be able to reach several members of the community. Jane has seen camps meet the needs of parents, by providing something for their children; kids, by providing fun and exciting programs, and youth, by providing an opportunity to serve.
Jane has learned a lot through all of her experiences, and she seeks to help others learn as well. Her hope is that churches or individuals will be encouraged and inspired to start Christian Day Camps and see the fun and exciting changes they can bring to a community.
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