The first children's day camp was held in the early 1960's at the then recently acquired church camp of Pine Acres. The first camps were held for 3-4 years and then discontinued. In 1991, the program was revitalized by some members who either attended that church camp as participants or were there in tow of their mothers. The revitalized program needed a name and Kid's Kamp was born. That first year, the program was 3 days, Monday - Wednesday and had 15 campers. It went very well; therefore, in 1992 the program was expanded to Monday - Thursday. But something was still missing, so in 1993 a Wednesday night sleepover was added. Since many of the staff work full time, the program's expansion stopped there.
The program is a mixture of music, Bible Stories, crafts, activities and, of course, snacks. In the early years, there was no limit on the number of children that participated. One year in particular, it grew to 66 campers. That is a lot of youngins to watch when the age for camp is Kindergarten through sixth grade. Therefore, the limit for Kid's Kamp is now maintained at 40 campers. Over the years, tours of dairy farms have been taken, the Greater Refuse Authority, Zoo America and Middlecreek Wildlife to name a few. Service projects have also been accomplished such as Stuff the Bus with school supplies. In 2018, we did Sunshine Buckets for our shutins at St John's and St Mark's UCC.
2019 will be the 29th year of Kid's Kamp. 2019's theme is being determined. One just never knows what the crew has cooked up for excitement so come check it out. It's time to draft the memo to the frogs to let them know Kid's Kamp is coming, to pack their bags and move to another pond for a week. And for those frogs that can't read, you never know, you might get a ride around the pond on a remote controlled boat.