Coordinator Responsibilities

1. Pray regularly for the Day Camp

2. Remember that God has chosen you to be in this position. You can do it with the gifts He has given you.

Remember the coordinator does not have to do everything alone. The coordinator is responsible to see everything has been accomplished. It is fine to have co-coordinators. The Day Camp Leader just needs to know who the main contact person will be.

3. Be in contact with Riverside

Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp
3001 Riverside Road
Story City, IA 50248
515.733.5271 or 1.800.372.7748

4. Advertise!

It is important to publicize your Day Camp early. Be creative and get the word out there! Remember to publicize to families in your congregation before Sunday School lets out, as many people go on vacation in the summer. Try to make people aware of your dates as soon as possible so they can plan summer trips around Day Camp. Day Camp is a wonderful outreach in your community and unchurched families, so publicize beyond your own church into the community. We've been told of families outside the church who have sent their children to Day Camp and ended up joining that church as a result of the excitement for Jesus the kids brought home! Praise the Lord!

Some examples of how to publicize: put an ad in the newspaper, make fliers, your community’s cable channel, radio and posters everywhere (church, local businesses, library, schools, etc.)

5. Secure Volunteers

Each class needs at least one volunteer, but more is better! A good goal is to have 1 volunteer for every 10 children. Different volunteers are needed to serve snacks and help with the lunchtime. Please try to get as many adult or high school volunteers as you can.

The church is responsible for providing snacks each day. Organize people to bring snacks. NOTE: It is good to mix up the snacks so there are some healthy snacks throughout the week, too.

6. Secure housing for the Riverside Staff

Due to a new policy, we are asking that female Day Camp staff be housed together. We understand that this may be difficult to do, but in the least they could room in the same room by sleeping on the floor if there are more then two females. If you have any other question about this policy please call Lute Olson at 1-800-372-7748 or 515-733-5271

The number of counselors needed will vary according to the number of kids enrolled in Day Camp. The number of counselors coming will be given to the coordinator at the earliest time as possible before the Day Camp week.

Give each host family a copy of the letter that explains their role in making the Day Camp week successful. Include your information in the space provided.

7. Secure a site for Day Camp

The staff needs an area for worship, such as the church sanctuary, a chapel, or a fellowship hall. A large area with tables is needed for arts and crafts. A field by the church or a nearby park are great places for games, activities, and lunch. Immediate access to a storm shelter, emergency phone, rest rooms, and running water is necessary.

8. Get supplies

The camp staff bring most supplies with the exception of the basics: extra Bibles, crayons, markers, butcher paper or newspaper (to cover tables for art fun), name tags (address labels work very well!), a CD player, TV/VCR, and an overhead projector and screen.

If anything else is needed, you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Download the Day Camp Preschool Curriculum.

Download the Day Camp Coordinator Manual.