Spark summer camp

We can’t wait to welcome every kid who shows up all weekend long!

We can’t wait to welcome every kid who shows up all weekend long!

 
 

Spark 2019

Spark is a summer camp for students entering the 4th grade through 6th grade on the campus of Harding University. Campers come with their church groups or individually. Each day, campers will go to classes and hear speakers, with plenty of time devoted to recreation and entertainment as well. They stay in Harding's dormitories at night and eat in the campus cafeteria.

From worship to live drama, rock walls to basketball, card games to rotunda singing, Spark is sure to be a good time. Modeled after UPLIFT, Spark includes the same full staff plus activities taken from UPLIFT tailor made for a younger age group. The goal is to Spark a young child’s passion in participating in church life and summer camps in the future!


2019 Dates:

June 27-30. Registration begins Thursday evening and camp wraps up Sunday at lunch.

Schedule:

-Thursday-


4:00-6:00 p.m. Check-In (Heritage Building)

6:00-7:30 p.m. Welcome Pizza Party and Fun (Ganus Athletic Center)

7:30-8:30 p.m. Worship in McInteer Rotunda

8:30-9:30 p.m. Counselor Fun

9:30-10:30 p.m. Dorm Meetings and Games

11:00 p.m. Lights Out

-Friday-

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00-10:00 a.m. Harris iii

10:00-12:00 p.m. Classes

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m. Rest

2:00-5:30 p.m. Recreation Time

5:45-6:30 p.m. Dinner

6:30-7:00 p.m. Counselor Challenge

7:00-8:30 p.m. Worship

8:30-10:30 p.m. Movie Time

11:00 p.m. Lights Out

-Saturday-

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00-10:00 a.m. “What is Your Talent”

10:00-12:00 p.m. Classes

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m. Rest

2:00-5:30 p.m. Recreation Time

5:45-6:30 p.m. Dinner

6:30-7:00 p.m. Counselor Challenge

7:00-8:30 p.m. Worship

8:30-10:30 p.m. Olympic Games

11:00 p.m. Lights Out

-Sunday-

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00-11:00 a.m. Worship

11:00-11:30 a.m. Final Slide Show

11:30-12:00 p.m. Move out of dorm

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Head Home


THE RULES:

  1. Spark is a Christian camp and we ask that you be respectful of other campers, counselors, Harding students, employees and property.

  2. Spark wristbands must be worn at all times and is your pass to events and meals.

  3. Computers, laptops, televisions, radios, video games and expensive jewelry are not permitted at Spark. These items can be easily lost or stolen.

  4. Spark campers must remain with a counselor in a group at all times. Remain on campus. Being caught purposefully off campus without permission will result in immediate expulsion from camp at the parents’ expense.

  5. Fighting will not be tolerated. Profane and/or vulgar language is strictly forbidden.

  6. Spark campers should comply with reasonable directions & requests of counselors and chaperones.

  7. Campers are prohibited from participating in any conduct that constitutes any form of bullying or hazing. Conduct that constitutes bullying includes any activity or behavior in which a camper is threatened, harassed, personal property damaged, or intimidated by another camper in a manner that could reasonably cause a camper(s) to be or feel unsafe and/or in danger of physical injury. This includes cyber-bullying. A camper who believes he/she is a target of harassment, intimidation, or bullying must report such conduct immediately to any Spark counselor or chaperone. A prompt and thorough investigation of the alleged incident will be conducted, and appropriate corrective action will be taken. Any complaints of harassment, intimidation, or bullying will be treated as confidential to the extent consistent with adequate investigation and appropriate corrective action.


DRESS CODE:

Youth ministers and sponsors are responsible for their group (adults included) complying with the dress code for Spark.  You should have a meeting with all participants and make sure they understand the dress code BEFORE they pack for Spark. The dress code will be enforced. If you have students or adults who are out of dress code, we will come to you or a sponsor to address the issue. If there are offenses while at UPLIFT, it will be your responsibility to see that all in your group meet dress code. You may need to take your campers to Walmart, Goodwill, etc. to find suitable clothing.

  1. All clothing must have sleeves (guys and girls). Sleeveless clothing is not allowed under any circumstances, even recreation time. This includes sundresses, tank tops, sleeveless blouses, athletic shirts, and cut-off T-shirts.

  2. No visible midriffs. Clothing that exposes any part of the mid-section when standing, sitting or bending over is not allowed. All tops should be long enough to be tucked in.

  3. Shorts must be fingertip length at least when standing straight, arms to the side. This is measured from the shortest part of the shorts. Nike-style running shorts are not allowed, even if they are long enough.

  4. Skirts and dresses must come down to the top of the knee.

  5. Skin-tight or otherwise revealing clothing is not allowed. Low-cut shirts, spandex, tight jeans, halter tops, etc. are not acceptable. Leggings do not count as pants. If your outfit is against dress code without leggings, it is against dress code with them.


PACKING LIST:

Here's a handy little list of what to bring and what to leave behind.

Bring:

  • Bible, notebook, pen

  • Bedding (sleeping bag, pillow, sheets, blanket, etc.)

  • Towel and bathing suit

  • Personal hygiene articles (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant/antiperspirant, etc.)

  • Clothing appropriate to dress code, including clothes for outside recreation

Don't bring:

  • Computers, laptops, televisions, radios, video games, or nice jewelry. These items can be easily lost or stolen.

  • Roller blades, skateboards, water guns, water balloons, etc.

  • Tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons of any kind will result in your expulsion from camp.


CELL PHONE POLICY:

Campers do not need cell phones. If a camper is interested in bringing a phone, here are some rules we require.

Because we spend so much time connected digitally, we could all benefit from some time without those distractions. Jesus would often go to a quiet place to pray (Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12). We also read in Psalm 46:10 that we need to “be still and know that I am God.”

It is our policy to discourage students from bringing their cell phones to Spark based on the good that comes from spending some time away from our “normal” lives. However, we also recognize that cell phones have their place in society and can even be used to benefit the students and our purpose for Spark.  If you are concerned about emergencies, you can always get a hold of your campers by calling Spark Central or your sponsors here. The best time to call and check on your child is directly after evening activities and before lights out.

If your campers do have their phones, we will operate under the following guidelines:

  1. No cell phones will be allowed (for social media, texting, calling or games) during any group session, including Group Spark, Encounter Classes, God Time, evening worship or group devos.

  2. There may be other times when cell phone use will be permitted, such as a group game during Zoo Crew, and the campers will be told when that applies.

  3. Any inappropriate cell phone use, depending on the severity of the situation, will result in confiscation of the phone or immediate expulsion from camp at the parents’ expense.


Registration:

Hey Spark friends! The instructions below will tell you how to go through the registration process.

Make sure to read over this page so you don't miss anything! 

A few years ago, we started using a new software. Every year, we learn more about all of the different ways we can use the software to make registration easier. This year, the tech team recommended that we have every attendee register individually and select which group they are a part of instead of having sponsors register their entire groups. That means that every camper is responsible for their own registration.

If you are a new church or are coming back after a few years away: Give us a call at 501-279-4660 so we can get your church set up in our system to make registration run smooth. We are so excited you'll be joining the Spark fun!

If you are a part of a youth/church group: If you are a new group, please contact us at uplift@harding.edu to be added to the list. Each family can register under their account. For example, if John Doe has two children, he may put them on the same registration account.

If you are coming as an individual camper: On the same page that groups select which congregation they are a part of, you will see an "Individual" option. Select this and proceed as usual.

 ALL MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS ARE COMPLETED ONLINE THIS YEAR. You will be prompted during registration online to answer medical questions. You may not participate in Spark until this form is complete.


Click here to register

Overview of pricing for 2019:

Campers: $125

In-Dorm Sponsors: $125

*All registrations require a $100 non-refundable deposit at the time of check-out.

Contact:

If you have any questions about anything not addressed on this page, feel free to email uplift@harding.edu or call 501-279-4660 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. We can’t wait to have your kids here having a blast!