Music Camp Volunteer,
Thank you for all your effort. We are almost ready for Music Camp 2022: Mission for Fishin’ June 6 -10! We have a great week being planned! We will have 60 Preschool kids (4-5 yrs old) + 125 Elementary Kids (1st-6th Grade) + 5 Kids in Childcare + 100 Adult/Teen Volunteers. Here are more details to take note of for the week:
- **All** Volunteer Set Up, Prayer, & Tshirt Day: Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Try to arrange your own childcare, please. You’ll get your Music Camp t-shirt, eat lunch, receive training, and help set up.
- 12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch provided in Fellowship Hall
- 12:30-3:00 p.m. Volunteer Training & Preschool Area Set Up & Elementary Area Set Up | Training Notes
- **All** Volunteer Performance Night: Friday, June 10, 2022 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Please be available to assist with check-in/check-out & a little clean up.
- During Music Camp:
- General Camp Information in Parent Letter, Mailed on May 23 | Download Letter and MP3 Audio Files
- Clothing: We will have a camp T-shirt ready for you on our set-up day. You will need to wear this on Monday morning and to the Friday night performance. (Preschool Area wears shirt everyday.) Keep in mind you will be on the floor, outside and throughout the church, so dress in comfortable clothing.
- Breakfast: Everyday from 8:15-8:45 a.m. RSVP for Breakfast here! Please pay with cash or a check at training.
- Monday: Pancake on a stick, banana, juices, oatmeal, biscuit & jam
- Tuesday: Two Sausage Biscuit Sliders, banana, juices, oatmeal, biscuit & jam
- Wednesday: French Toast Sticks, biscuits and sausage gravy, juices, oatmeal, biscuit & jam
- Thursday: Ham, Egg, Cheese biscuit, grapes, juices, oatmeal, biscuit & jam
- Friday: “A little of this and a little of that”… all of the above
- Snacks: Provided for you and the kids We will be doing the same snack for all Kids & Volunteers to keep the kitchen responsibilities simple.
- Lunch: Not provided; but you are welcome to bring your lunch and eat at the church after camp. Music Camp ends at 12:00 p.m.
- NUT Free: We have a Nut Free Policy at music camp. Please help us police this. Previous and current participants have airborne allergies to nuts. If it says “may contain peanuts” – it’s not served or allowed in our building during camp from 9:00-12:00.
We pray that this week of service will be a blessing to you. We appreciate all of you and recognize the generosity of your time. Each one of you has been an answer to prayer and will touch the lives of these children in a special way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, suggestions or concerns. Let us know if you have any questions!
-Ann Marie Brown, Preschool Music Camp Director
-Jennie Morgan, Elementary Music Camp Director
-Thea Pardo, Kitchen Music Camp Director
Jennie’s cell: 918-284-1626 | email@example.com
Our theme this year is MISSION FOR FISHIN’ where our Preschool & Elementary Areas will spend the week exploring the Matthew 4:19 Bible passage “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Fun, musical elements will sink these Bible truths deep into our minds. If your family is up for the challenge, start memorizing the main passage. It is our prayer they will grow deep and strong in your heart. Daily theme and memory verses for Preschool & Elementary:
- MONDAY: Fishing for Family “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 NIV
- TUESDAY: Love is the Bait “Don’t ever stop being kind and truthful. Let kindness and truth show in all you do… Then you will be respected and pleasing to both God and men.” Proverbs 3:3-4 ICB
- WEDNESDAY: By the Book “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 TLB
- THURSDAY: Follow the Father “Jesus saw two brothers. They were in their boat preparing their nets to catch fish. Jesus told them to come with Him. At once they left their boat and followed Jesus.” Matthew 4:21-22 NIV
- FRIDAY: Light the Night “In the same way you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ICB
Since Music Camp is only 5 days, we don’t usually have discipline issues. Here are some tips to help equip you to have a fun & orderly Music Camp group/class. (They have been adapted from an article called: “A Primer on Classroom Discipline: Principles Old and New” by Thomas R. McDaniel, Phi Delta Kappan, September 1986.)
Make ample use of praise. When you see good behavior, acknowledge it. This can be done verbally, of course, but it doesn’t have to be. A nod, a smile or a “thumbs up” will reinforce the behavior.
A soft spoken volunteer often has a calmer, quieter group/classroom than one with a stronger voice. The kids sit still in order to hear what is said.
Tell the students exactly what will be happening. Briefly outline your expectations of the volunteers and the kids.
Get up and make the rounds. Provide individualized encouragement and instruction as needed.
“Values are caught, not taught.” Volunteers who are courteous, prompt, enthusiastic, in control, patient and organized provide examples for their kids through their own behavior.
Non-verbal cues (a bell, flipping the light switch, facial expressions, body posture and hand signals) plus a brief explanation of what you want the kids to do is a very effective classroom management tool.
Lay out clear rules and expectations. Consistently enforce them.
Young people like to know about you and your interests. Have fun and give encouraging words often.
Anticipate problems before they occur. Let your approach to a misbehaving student be inconspicuous. “And you see, David, we hold the instrument like this.” David hears his name and is drawn back on task. The rest of the group/class doesn’t seem to notice.
Focus the child’s attention on what the child is supposed to do, not on the misbehavior. “I want you to…” or “I need you to…” or “I expect you to…” are the best messages to send. The inexperienced volunteer may incorrectly try “I want you to stop…” only to discover that this usually triggers confrontation and denial.
Describe the behaviors you want instead of listing things the students cannot do. Instead of “no-running in the room,” use “move through the building in an orderly manner.”