Grand Day Out
The original five-day GrandCamps program is only one option available to churches or camps. We also offer a one or two-day Grand Day Out package. This is particularly good for churches who are wanting to introduce the GrandCamps concept to their congregation and community. It also provides a great way to offer a grandparent/grandchild event to launch a grandparenting emphasis in the church.
Grand Day Out incorporates most of the components of a five-day program without the residential requirement, or having to go to a camp facility. You can do this program at your church facility, or if you prefer, contract with a local camp. While the key components of GrandCamps are included, they will experienced in a much more limited manner.
To make it the most meaningful experience, particularly for the Blessing Ceremony, we strongly recommend that the host church offer at least one, preferably two, pre-camp session for the grandparents who will be attending—or that you are trying to persuade to attend. You determine the appropriate time and place based upon your situation.
The primary focus of this pre-camp session(s) is to expose and prepare grandparents for two important pieces of the GrandCamps experience before they arrive:
- An understanding of what a spoken blessing is, why it is important, and how to do it well.
- Why grandparenting matters, and how to make this Grand Day Out experience a truly memorable and transformational opportunity that matters.
Each of these pieces of the pre-camp instruction should allow about an hour and half for both content presentation and discussion.
Our GrandCamps Theme Paks are available in a GDO version. Instead of five days material, one Family Time devotional, one Bible lesson, and one memory verse are included. All graphics files are included. In addition, we have included the foundational grandparenting sessions for the pre-camp training (including the Blessing Packet), as well as ideas for family activities and games you can use if you choose. The price for the GDO Theme Pak version is $79 instead of $159 for the five-day camp version.
We can also provide coaches/consultation to assist you and your team if you would like help getting started. Contact us if you would like information about this consulting/coaching service we can make available to you.