Biz Look: Coffe Creek Church’s Camp in the City
Is your grade-schooler eager for sleepaway camp but not ready for a week away from family? Camp in the City, a ministry of Coffee Creek Church in Edmond, gives kids in grades K-5 a taste of the summer camp experience—but they get to go home every evening.
Focus on Fun
Camp in the City has been a mainstay of Coffee Creek Church’s summer program for six years. The event is
run by enthusiastic college students recruited from all over the country, along with adult leaders. They’re part of a Texas based ministry, Pine Cove Christian Camps.
For one hectic, fun-filled week, the camp takes over the church buildings and grounds. Attractions might include bounce houses, Go-Karts, a Euro-bungee, and more. Inside the church, you’ll find popup “cabins,” each with their own assigned counselor and campers.
Building Faith and Character
The camp offers more than a good time. Counselors work with campers to model Christian values and teach enduring lessons in faith and character. A low camper-to-staff ratio allows strong relationships to form.
A highlight is an end-of-camp ceremony, when counselors present campers with certificates highlighting three positive character traits they’ve observed in each child. “They take a lot of time to get to know them,” says Clark Frailey, Lead Pastor of Coffee Creek Church.
Counselors also build relationships by staying with church families during the week of camp. “We have a waiting list of people who want to host the students,” says Pastor Clark. “It’s a double blessing.”
Something for Everyone
Camp in the City is designed to help every child shine. “They are accommodating of kids of all levels of ability,” says Pastor Clark.
The camp serves about 140 children, including a large number from outside Coffee Creek Church. Many campers and counselors return year after year. “They come back because it’s such a fun adventure camp,” says Pastor Clark. “A lot of kids say it’s the best part of their summer.”
Coffee Creek Church is located at 1650 NW 220th Street. Camp in the City runs May 25 – 29. Learn more at www.coffeecreek.church/camp.