We want every child who attends JUMP! Kids Camp to make new friends, encounter God in a safe and loving environment, and have one of the most fun times of their lives! At JUMP! Kids Camp we endeavor to partner with parents as they raise up awesome kids. In a fun atmosphere kids will cultivate valuable social skills and manners —like how to make a new friend—and the importance of eye contact and a firm handshake! The team behind JUMP! Kids Camp is honored to be entrusted with your kids. JUMP! Kids Camp was founded in 1994 and has grown from 150 to 6,000 kids.
The Impact JUMP! Has Had on Me
By Chelsea Perry
Wow! What a wild ride it has been! I have had so much fun writing the songs, the musicals, and the dialogue for the JUMP! Kids shows for the last 15 years. It’s amazing what God can do with a willing heart. When I first started, I had never done anything like this but I was determined for the lesson portion of the JUMP! Camp to become the kids’ FAVORITE part!
Now how the heck was I going to do that?! GOOD QUESTION! I asked myself the same thing. I started writing songs and dialogue to communicate the truth in a creative and fun-to-learn way. I wrote about social skills based on my own need to “put my phone down and get my head up” and because I saw a lack of manners in our society, with doors slamming in people’s faces and eye contact becoming a lost art. Even though I’m a pastor’s daughter with a theology degree I got to know God on a whole new level as I studied the Bible stories each year to be able to tell them to the kids. It’s been an honor to write these songs and tell these truths from my point of view but I’m the one it’s impacted the most.
Every year that I have worked and prepared with the JUMP! team has allowed me to learn to lead people who then go on to have great seats of influence around the world.
When I went to direct and produce the musicals with an amazing team of choreographers, leaders, costume creators, set designers, a
technical team, etc., I learned to grow past the insecurity of making sure the show turns out just how I envisioned and I let others grow and help the production become what it should be.
I have wept from the side of the room as I watched parents sit on the front row and see their kids overcoming – instead of a life paralyzed by fear, their kids are singing and dancing and breaking out of the shell that insecurity tried to trap them into.
I have lead the whole room to sing “Perfect Peace” as they sway and the middle schoolers light their phones.
I have grown in God, as a leader, and as a Christian. I stand with 1,500 staff and volunteers who facilitate this vision. It is an honor to have your kids go to sleep to JUMP! songs. I’m so sorry to torture you with the music in your car LOLOL.
I feel like no one has been more transformed by JUMP! than me. Thank you. I can’t wait to see what we get to do through JUMP! in the years ahead!