By Jacob Shellum
(Queue Hype Music) READY… 3…2… 3, 2, 1, GO!
WELCOME TO RALLY! Skylark Families, we would like to invite you to our Family Rally at 3:45 pm on Fridays! You’ll get a chance to experience the energy, joy, and craziness of an Afternoon Rally with your camper. At Skylark, we love our exciting X-Tours, our awesome activity classes, and learning lots during our SIGMA Reading Program, but nothing beats ending our day with Rally!
Afternoon Rally is a time where the kids get to be loud, dance, sing, laugh, and reflect on what they’ve learned throughout the day. Each Rally opens with a countdown as the campers eagerly anticipate storming into the room where our staff greets them jumping, yelling, and lots of hype. From there, we kickoff the program with some of our favorite Skylark dances and sing along to fun worship songs. Afterwards our leadership staff transform into memorable skit characters that the campers will talk about all week. After everyone’s done laughing til they cry, our Program Director recaps the Bible study & IT ALL statement from the day, giving the campers a chance to reflect on the Gospel. To conclude we always acknowledge the cabins who were extra clean, spirited, and campers with exceptional behavior by handing out our Tidy Tent Award, Spirit Stick, and our Dum Dums for Good Goods.
Family Rally is also a great time to see different elements of camp, and get to know more about who we’re partnering with to host Skylark all summer. You’ll find out what the church has going on that might be a blessing to your family. We also think you’ll have so much fun. You’ll be jealous of your kids at camp! This is such an incredible opportunity for our camper parents to get to know some of the staff and friends their kids are hanging out with all week.
The mission of Skylark is to grow the family of God in depth, number and intimacy and we believe that starts with belonging to a local church. Camp Skylark does not want to be just another summer camp, but rather we want to be a doorway where families can feel welcomed into the church. Our church partners love having your children at camp all summer and they want you to know they’re always there to pray for you, connect with and care for you.
Family Rally is such a sweet time for our families to see how the Lord is changing and transforming lives at camp! You’ll have an opportunity to meet the summer staff who have become their campers’ personal heroes and watch the funny skit campers reenact everyday when they get home. You’ll hear what Skylark is teaching the campers each day so they can have fruitful conversations about Jesus at home. Most importantly you’ll get the opportunity to hear about the church and be personally invited by someone on staff. Not to mention there will be snacks and drinks for everybody!
I cannot wait for you, Skylark families, to experience camp by coming to Family Rally and seeing all the joy and enthusiasm our staff have for your campers as they get to learn more about Jesus. We hope you’re able to join us for one week (or all of them!) and perhaps find that the churches where we do camp are also a place you could call home as you grow in your relationship with your family in your faith.
See you there!