Bent Tree’s Fine Arts Day Camp (FADC) is an exciting, week-long day camp for kids, K-5th grade. The camp centers on the theme that God is the Ultimate Artist and we are created in his image.
Campers explore the creativity and majesty of God through classes in Bible, voice, music, dance, drama, and set design. While learning artistic skills and biblical truths in these areas, the kids are also preparing a musical production performed on the final night of camp. Throughout the week, they learn music and choreography for this show, as well as have hands-on participation in painting and set completion.
These are the treasures, we hope and pray, the kids will take with them from the camp:
Theme/Musical title: “Spend a While on the Nile”
Camp dates: June 22–26, 2015
Camp hours: 9am – 3 pm, with an early dismissal of 12:30 pm on Friday
Camp performance: Friday, June 26 at 6:30 pm in the Bent Tree Worship Center
Camper ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade, during the 2014/2015 school year, may attend.
Registration is only available online and opens at 12:05 am on April 10, 2015. At this time, a registration link will go live right here (benttree.org/fine-arts-day-camp) and remain open for 48 hours—closing at 12:01 am on April 12, 2015. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with the first 400 campers registered receiving a spot in camp. Subsequent registrants will be placed on a waiting list. By midnight, April 13, 2013, all registrants will receive a reply email advising if they’ve received a spot in camp or have been waitlisted.
Payment for camp must be received online at the time of registration. If you have been waitlisted, your tuition will be refunded. A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please email Karen Johnson at [email protected] by April 1, 2015.
If your child receives a spot in camp, you MUST complete your registration by returning your signed medical release form (downloaded at the time of registration) and picking up your camper packet at one of the two following times:
Please note: Packets may be picked up by a friend. Packets for campers not picked up during these times are subject to loss of registration placement. Please see below (‘Auditions') if your camper would like to audition for lead roles, solos or dance team.
To expedite online registration process, please have the following available:
Dance team, lead roles, and solo auditions will be held on May 3, 4, and 5 in the afternoon and evening hours. Audition appointments will be made during the camper packet pick-up dates—Saturday, April 18 from 9–11 am or Sunday, April 19 before and after services until 1:30 pm.
Multiple audition days may be required if your camper is auditioning for multiple roles. If a friend is signing your child up for audition times, please ensure your friend knowns your child’s availability for audition dates. All campers who are cast as lead actors, soloists, or dance team members MUST be available for rehearsal June 15 – 21. The cast is also requested to be present at a preliminary rehearsal on May 31. Please be sure your child will be available during these rehearsal times before they sign up to audition.
Multiple Camper rates apply only to campers within the same immediate family.
Discounts: FADC full-week servants are eligible for a tuition discount for each of the volunteer’s campers attending camp (sorry, no discount for sibling volunteers). A completed servant registration is required to receive discount.
Rates for servant’s campers:
If you do not receive a place in camp, your child will be placed on a waiting list. If you are placed on the waiting list, your initial payment will be refunded until your child is moved from the waiting list to enrolled. At that time, payment will be required. Only children who are enrolled in camp will be able to participate in auditions. If your child is on the waiting list at the time of auditions, they will not be eligible to participate. Individuals will be placed in camp upon cancellation of another camper on a first-come, first-served basis.
Should your child be unable to attend camp, please contact Karen Johnson at [email protected] to cancel.
Before registering your child for camp, please carefully review your summer schedule to ensure your family is able to participate in FADC. This will help reduce the number of children who might have to be placed on the waiting list.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of this ministry! Without you, FADC would not be possible. If you are interested in volunteering with camp, please complete the volunteer registration. If volunteering to receive a discount on your registration, you must complete a volunteer application prior to or at the time of registration. A completed background check on file with the church is required and you will be contacted if a new or updated background check is necessary.
Those who choose to serve as a Camp Counselor will be provided training May 26 or May 28 at 7:00 pm (must only attend one night).
We are thrilled that so many middle and high school students have a desire to serve on our team—some grew up attending FADC while others are discovering it for the first time. In prior years we have been able to place all students who register into serving roles. In an effort to be intentional in the discipleship of students as they serve with us, and to continue to provide an optimal camp experience for our campers, we will be limiting the number of students we place as Jr. Counselors. The Jr. Counselor application will open online from April 6 - 20. All Jr. Counselors who are placed will be required to attend a servant-training meeting led by Student Ministry staff. This mandatory meeting is Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm in the Treehouse. Students who wish to serve in other areas of camp besides Jr. Counselor—such as the Fun Team, Tech Support, Art team Support, Snack or Lunch Team Support—need to register on the main servant registration.
Use My Bent Tree to order a professionally mastered DVD of the performance ($15 each). DVDs will be mailed to you when completed.
All campers are placed in a small group. They will spend the week together as a group along with participating in larger group activities. If you are bringing a guest, or are a guest of someone, please be sure to indicate the other campers’ names on your registration form. This is the best way, if it’s possible, for your child will be placed in a small group with his/her guest. Campers are assigned to small groups based on current age/grade, so typically campers in different grades will not be placed in the same small group. If you have a special request regarding small groups, please let us know. Camper group assignments will be emailed to parents the week prior to camp.
Lunch & Snacks
Campers will bring their own sack lunches each day, eating together with their small group. A fun and creative snack will be provided each day during camp. Please note that due to the number of children and servants we serve, we are not able to prepare gluten-free or allergy-free snacks. If your child has food allergies, please be sure to indicate this on your registration and plan to send an alternative snack with your camper. Please contact us if you would like to be provided with the list of snacks planned for the week. Servants have the option of purchasing lunches for the week. Use this link to My Bent Tree if you are serving and would like to order lunches during your service at FADC.
This year we will be communicating with you before, during and after camp, via our Fine Arts Day Camp Facebook page. Please “like” the Facebook page, so that you can see our posts in your newsfeed. We will be posting pictures and tell you what’s going on during camp.
Your camper will be involved in a variety of activities during the week, including learning cool dance moves, participating in improvisational drama and singing their hearts out learning all the fun songs for the musical. Early in the week the kids will be painting set pieces for the performance. They will be using latex paint that will not come out of their clothes. We will be providing them with old t shirts to use as paint smocks, but you may also want to send them in clothes that you would not mind them getting paint on.
Dress Up Days
Wednesday—AKA Wacky Wednesday—we encourage the kids to dress as wacky as possible. Let them be creative! Encourage them to pick a character to dress as. Crazy socks, wild hair dos and shirts inside out are just the tip of the iceberg. This will be a great outlet for the kids’ creativity! Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the wackiness as well. Thursday will be “Jersey Thursday.” Kids and volunteers are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s jersey or t- shirt.
At the conclusion of the performance Friday night, we will move outside for a fun time together at our annual After Party! On the south side of the church campus (back of the gym), we will have bouncy houses, slides and obstacle courses. Some of them will include water; so you may want to bring a towel and swimsuit.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of camp, please do not hesitate to ask. Feel free to contact the FADC Coordinator, Karen Johnson, at [email protected].