Summer Programs

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Summer Programs

Summertime is a busy season for the next generation at Ward! Browse this page to see our various offerings and sign up where applicable.

 Summer Rewired

  • June 15: Summer Rewired Launch Party for Families
  • June 22: WIRED for kids entering 4th-5th grades
  • August 3: WIRED for kids entering 3rd grade
  • August 10: WIRED for kids entering 1st-2nd grades
  • August 17: WIRED for kids entering preschool – kindergarten and their parents

We are really excited about the opportunity to rewire our summer for kids. In fact, we are so excited that we are going to celebrate with a Summer Rewired Launch Party on June 15th. From noon – 4:00 p.m. we will have food trucks, inflatables, parkour training, large games, geo-caching, a serve mission project, and messy crafts.

In Knox Hall, Kevin the Crazy Chemist will provide a faith/science show with three showings: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. This free family event is geared to kids finishing Kdg – 5th grade with a parent.

This launch event is just the beginning of our summer. We have planned four, grade level events for our kids and their friends. Each WIRED event will focus on how we’ve been uniquely designed by God. WIRED events will run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and include Kevin the Crazy Chemist, hands-on experiments, worship, engineering challenges, and inflatables. At WIRED events, kids will join a small group for the morning, led by our amazing volunteers.

Our last WIRED event of the summer will be for our preschool-kindergarten friends and their parents. The morning will include a Kevin the Crazy Chemist show in Knox Hall at 10 a.m. and then flow outside for more fun! We will open the playground and playscape, and provide inflatables, hands-on science, and messy crafts.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding our Summer Rewired plan (PDF)


Summer Day Camp

Shine! Summer Day Camp provides licensed, weekly care and fun for children entering Kindergarten thru 7th grade during the summer months. 2017 dates are June 19 – August 18.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. with optional morning extended care. The weekly base rate includes field trips, water days and special events. Sibling and early pay discounts are available.

Complete information and registration at our new website:

Counselor application PDF

Next Generation Summer Camp

Our 2017 dates are Sunday, July 16  through Friday, July 21.

  • Kids Kamp is for kids going into 3rd-6th grade. 
  • Elevate Camp is for students going into 7th-9th grade
  • Epic Serve Camp is for students going into 10th-College Freshman.

Visit to view pictures and send messages to campers!

Ward Next Generation Ministries provides two great camp experiences at one sprawling location. Center Lake Bible Camp is located 12 miles south of Cadillac. It occupies 120 acres of forest and wetlands on Center Lake, with a secured swim area on a private beach, 110-ft water slide, canoes, and blob. Recreation includes horseback riding, a 40-ft supervised climbing tower, basketball, miniature golf, GAGA pits, playground and nature trails.

Dedicated adults and teens from the Ward Church family comprise the staff. All are screened according to State of Michigan standards. Our medical team includes a PA and registered nurses, and lifeguards are certified. All staff participate in extensive training prior to camp week. Camp is fully licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services.