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More than 2,000 Children to Attend CentriKid Camps on Gardner-Webb Campus

The University Welcomes Nine Different Groups This Summer

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—More than 2,000 children, along with their adult leaders, will visit Gardner-Webb University this summer as the campus hosts CentriKid, an overnight camp for third- through sixth-graders. Through July 23, nine different groups will attend to participate in fun activities while learning about the message of Jesus Christ.

“The theme is ‘The Discovery!’” offered Avery Fowler, director of the GWU-based CentriKid camp. “Kids will be discovering how to walk as Jesus walked. Kids will be detectives solving the mystery of who Jesus is.”

The daily schedule is filled with a variety of activities from Bible study to recreation. Children can choose what they want to participate in, such as water games or sports. “Every activity that the kids do will connect to the gospel and be rooted in scripture,” Fowler observed.

One of the most popular events during camp is OMC—Organized Mass Chaos. It is a large-group recreation game that takes place on the last full day of camp. The children are separated into groups by grade level. Each child is given a task card and whenever it is completed, the card is placed into the team’s bucket. Then, the child retrieves another task card to complete. Each activity seeks to be intentional about sharing the gospel and helps hands-on learners grasp in a solid way the connection between everyday life and their relationship with Jesus.   

CentriKid camps has 24 locations around the nation, including two other locations in North Carolina. Camps are organized and led by teams of young adults—college and seminary students, who help serve as directors, pastors and worship leaders. The camp at Gardner-Webb will be following COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Health screenings will be conducted, and masks will be required indoors. For more information, visit

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at

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