SKY - Sending Kids Yearly!
The SKY Program is a 3-year program that has been specifically designed to support
the local church to reach out effectively into their communities by adopting a school
in their area. The church will become a spiritual support base to the school, offering
prayer and support to the school leadership and teachers. There will be 3 separate
Camps held for the Grade 5's, 6's and 7's, thereby ensuring that each year the children
will return to camp to build on the foundation that was laid the previous year.
Einstein once said, "Experience is learning, everything else is just an exchange
of information." We all learn more by doing than listening, that is why it is so
important that we give our children an opportunity to learn through experience.
Experiential learning has been proven to aid children in attention span and in information
For Grade 5's at a JR camp, life change will happen through experience. The focus
of this camp is helping children to make wise decisions. Sometimes that is a difficult
concept to grasp, but put them through an experiential learning activity, they will
face the consequences of making poor decisions in a safe and nurturing environment.
They will learn the process of making wise decisions about their lives, way ahead
of time. The longer they live with these decisions, the more they will become part
of their lives.
When the kids come back to JR for the second year, we build on last year's process.
If they have applied good decision making to their lives, they will realise that
as they go on to become seniors the following year, this position hold a sense of
responsibility. All the younger children in the school look up to the seniors and
they become role models for them.
The Grade 6's will be taught what a "good role model" is all about. They will be
encouraged to become examples of high standards and moral integrity and they will
be encouraged to step into the calling that is on their lives. This is an essential
step to adulthood.
JR offers a unique camp specifically designed for the Grade 7's. This program will
help prepare these kids for the jump from Primary School to Senior School, which
can be hard on many children. The choices they make in their first year of High
School can set the scene for those difficult teenage years.
The effectiveness of bringing children back to camp more than once, has proven to
be extremely beneficial to the child. If the church sets up intercession teams,
contact point teams and Bible Study or Cell Groups in the school with the teachers
this, linked with the SKY Camping Program, will bring about regeneration and life
change for all involved.
It is a great opportunity for the church to reach out into their community and establish
long term relationships and unity. Joining hands with Jackson's Ridge will certainly
"Change Children's Lives!".