What do we want? Day Camp!
UMC brings day camp back to Cassville
The Cassville United Methodist Church is working with Heartland Camps to offer children a week-long adventure starting on Monday.
Micah Boise, UMC youth pastor, said this is the second time UMC has teamed up with Heartland Camps.
“I started this position last year on July 1, so my first week of work was doing this day camp last year,” he said. “Day camps are a way that churches can extend service to the community.”
Boise said during summer, when school stops, parents still have to go to work.
“In Cassville, you can see that, and church camps are a huge majority for the supervision of children over the summer,” he said. “That is something that we recognized and wanted to be a part of in a greater and more meaningful way.”
Boise said the Methodist conference just recently set up its own wing of the conference that deals with Missouri Methodists churches and their youth programs.
“This program is what contacted us and gave us the options of a couple different day camps we could have,” he said. “There are some small, medium and larger day camp options. We picked the one that would fit our size of church.”
Boise said the need to provide education for children about the important things in life, such as good character and moral values, is something that is brought to the table.
“We had a blast last year,” he said. “Our camp is only for children who have completed kindergarten to sixth grade.”
Boise said this is for younger children, but middle school and high schoolers get to be counselors.
“We have small groups of children based on their grade, and it is a very personal atmosphere,” he said. “We may not have the biggest facilities or the most expensive games, but the energy that and the relationships built is important to them.”
Boise said the camp will be hosted on campus at the United Methodist Church, located at 601 Gravel Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 8-12.
“We have put more focus and a greater emphasis on creating relationships and getting to know our students,” he said. “Even if this is their last year due to age, we want to follow up with them next year and the relationship isn’t just there to gain attendance, but it is there so they know if they ever need anything the church family will be there for them.”
Boise said the camp can hold no more than 50 students and some spots are still available.
Day campers will get to participate in outdoor activities such as water games, campfires, archery and more. They will also grow in their relationship with God through these activities and a daily Bible study, worship, crafts and games.
For more information or to register a child for the camp, people can go to HeartlandCamps.org/cassville-umc, or contact Micah Boise at firstname.lastname@example.org.