Summer Surge

Summer Surge

Summer Surge, Memorial Park Church's alternative to Summer Vacation Bible School, explodes onto the Memorial Park property each summer with camp options for kids ages 4 through grade 6. Our week-long camps are open to the community—all children are welcome and you do not have to be a member of Memorial Park to register! We have half-day camp options for children ages 4-Kindergarten, as well as full day camp options for childen in grades 1-6. Our Junior and Day Camps are both held on the Memorial Park Campus, while our Summer Surge IMPACT camp is held both on campus and utilizes a variety of off-site locations. See tabs for more information about each camp offering!

The 2018 Summer Surge Dates are:
Summer Surge IMPACT: June 18 - 22
Day Camp/Junior Camp Session 1: June 25 - 29
Day Camp/Junior Camp Session 2: July 9 - 13
($55) Our half-day Junior Camp is designed for children who will be 4 years old by June 1, 2018, through children who will complete kindergarten in the 2017-18 school year. The mission of Summer Surge Junior Camp is to encourage physical, social and spiritual growth in preschool age children. God's Word is presented in fun and imaginative ways as campers enjoy music, hands-on activities, crafts, games, snacks and interactive Bible stories all revolving around a common theme.

This year's theme is Shipwrecked, where kids learn that Jesus rescues! Choose from Session 1 (June 25-29) or Session 2 (July 9-13). Camp runs from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Monday through Thursday, and from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM on Friday (with a closing program until 3:00 PM).
($125) Our Day Camp is for children who will complete grades 1-5 in the 2017-18 school year. Our goal is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to campers, encouraging each person to make a personal commitment to Him. We promote spiritual growth through daily Bible study and the memorization of key scripture passages; assist each camper in the development of Christian character through competitions and initiatives, and help him or her develop skill in two areas of interest through the afternoon electives. We encourage campers to build friendships with other campers and counselors who model the love of Christ. An “I’m Third” attitude is stressed through our camp motto: God first, others second, I’m third.

This year alongside favorite heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman, Day Camp kids will learn how to be a superhero! All it takes is three steps: Checking out what Jesus, the ultimate Superhero did, listening to what He says to do in The Sermon on the Mount, and doing it with His help! Available electives include archery, baking, basketball, climbing wall, cooking, crafts, gymnastics, intro to computer programming, science, spa days, soccer, street hockey, and woodworking. Choose from Session 1 (June 25-29) or Session 2 (July 9-13). Camp runs from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM M-Tu, Th-F; Wednesday from 9:30 AM - 5:45 PM. See this year's registration form detailing Summer Surge additional hours for working parents.
($140) Summer Surge IMPACT is designed for pre-teens who will complete grades 5-6, who are looking for a fun, faith-building week during the summer! A perfect "next step" for any camper, this offering is filled with both traditional Summer Surge elements (worship, Bible Study, competitions, and games) along with exciting new offerings such as day trips to places like Moraine State Park, hiking trips, Sky Zone, service projects, rock wall climbing, and more. Your camper will be challenged to take their faith to the next level, experience joy from God and discover more of who they are in Christ!

Dates are June 18-22. Camp runs from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM M-Tu, Th-F; Wednesday from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
Looking for the perfect summer job? Summer Surge is the perfect place to use your gifts and love for Jesus at the same time. Positions are available for Summer Surge Day Camp and Summer Surge IMPACT. Junior Counselors must have completed 10th grade by the beginning of camp. Senior Counselors must have completed 12th grade by the beginning of camp. A complete job description for both Junior and Senior Counselors, as well as Work Crew Boss and Work Crew are available here. Email Hannah Gourley to receive an application. Any applicants age 18 or older should also submit their completed Child Protection Clearances to Memorial Park Church via mail or e-mail.
Summer Surge simply could not happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers each year. If you have a heart for children, or a special skill that you are able to share, read below for a variety of ways to be involved! Interested volunteers should complete the appropriate online form below, and volunteers age 18 or older should also submit their completed Child Protection Clearances to Memorial Park Church via mail or e-mail.

Junior Camp Counselors: Available to anyone who has completed 7th grade by the beginning of camp. Help shepherd a group of 4-7 year-olds through our half-day Junior Camp Program.
Junior Camp Adult Volunteering: There are a variety of ways that adults are needed to help make Junior Camp happen each year! Senior Counselors help guide a crew of campers and juniors counselors through the morning of camp. Rotation Room Leaders and Assistants are needed to run programs in each room such as Games, Crafts, Snacks, Bible Room and Worship.
Work Crew Volunteers: Our Work Crew is an essential part of Day Camp each year, and is available to anyone who has completed 7th grade by the beginning of camp. Work Crew assists in all aspects of Day Camp, from setting up the lunch room and games, to running the Banana Cabana and assisting with afternoon electives.
Day Camp Adult Volunteers: There are a variety of ways that adults can use their gifts and passions to help serve at Summer Surge. From camp nurse, photography and office assistants, to leading or assisting in afternoon Electives (baking, woodworking, basketball, archery, etc.), a wide range of gifts and talents are needed. If you have a special skill or gift that you are interested in sharing with the campers, please contact us!

Summer Surge 2018 - Missions Donation

This year at Summer Surge, we are raising money for EduNations to buy bicycles for students in Sierra Leone that have to walk many miles to get to school. These children often face many dangers on those long walks, and these bicycles would not only quicken their commute, but also give them more protection. Our goal is to raise enough money for 100 bikes! Bicycles are $22.00 each. We appreciate your support towards this mission!