Summer

We have a summer full of fun and learning about God's love here at First UMC Arlington! Learn more below about the variety of summer camps we're offering, designed to keep your child learning and engaged over the summer. We hope you'll join us!

Registration opens

April 1, 2024!

After Care

Can't pick up the kids until later? We've got the solution! Kids can stay for after care, from 3–5 pm, where they'll play games, eat a snack, and watch a movie. After care is $20 per week or $5 per day. After care registration is available on the camp registration.

Summer Camps

Music camp

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 10-14, 2024
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Grades: 2-7
Cost: $100

Come join us as we learn a musical in a week. Children entering grades 2–7 in Fall 2024 will experience singing, worshiping, the arts, and making memories, culminating in a presentation of the musical for friends and family. Pack a lunch and join us for a week of musical fun!

Musical Performance: Friday, June 14 at 7 pm

steam camp

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 2024
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Grades: K-6
Cost: $80

Join us as we explore and learn through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. We will explore what it means to Be The Light through multiple forms of technology and science, and then we will share our experiences of God with others. For campers entering K-6th grades. Campers will need to pack a lunch each day.

Vacation bible camp (vbc)

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2024
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Grades: 4 years old-6th grade
Cost: Free

4-year-olds through 6th graders are invited to attend a fun week of Vacation Bible Camp where we will learn Bible stories, play games, sing songs, explore science, create arts & crafts, and have a ton of fun. Come join the fun as we learn how God is always with us through Camp Firelight.

SPECIAL NEEDS Vacation bible camp (vbc)

Cost: Free
Date: Sunday, July 7
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Open to Ages 4+

Join us for Vacation Bible Camp designed for those with learning differences of all ages from 4 years old and above. Each participant will be assigned a volunteer for the evening to help guide them through the activities that meet their abilities and interests. Activities will include arts and crafts, music, storytime, and gym games. Contact Rev. Kay Lancaster for more info on attending or volunteering.

Mission camp

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2, 2024
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Grades: 1-6
Cost: $125

Children entering 1st-6th grades in the Fall of 2024 will spend half of the day in mission work and the other half of the day in related field trips and fun activities. We’ll be exploring how we are Called to Be the Light with ways to share God’s love in everyday life. The best week of the whole summer!

Glen Lake Camps

FUMCA will be taking our registered campers down to Glen Lake Camp in the summer. There are multiple camps for you to choose from.

The camps with the ** beside them are ones where we will be heading down to camp to deliver and pick up campers and when FUMCA staff will also be at camp.

Trek Camp | Grades 1-3

  • June 30-July 2, 2024 **Ms. Betsy will be at camp

Elementary Camp | Grades 3-6

  • June 16-21, 2024
  • July 14-19, 2024 ** (Ms. Macy or Ms. Betsy will be at camp this week)
  • Junior High Camp | Grades 6-8
    • June 16-21, 2024 ** (we will have a FUMCA volunteer for Jr High Camp)
    • June 23-28, 2024
    • July 14-19, 2024 **(we will have a FUMCA volunteer for Elem Camp) (This week conflicts with Mission Trip for Youth)
  • High School Camp | Grades 9-13
    • July 7-12, 2024  ** (Loni will be at camp this week)
  • Family Camp (families must have at least one child in K-3rd grade)
    • August 30-September 1, 2024 (Labor Day Weekend) **Ms. Betsy will be at camp
  • Emerging Leaders Institute | Grades 11-12 in Fall 2024
    • Can serve any Camp Week as Counselors
    • Attend High School Camp Week 4
    • April ELI Training Weekend TBD

FUMCA Children’s & Youth Ministries will pay half of your camper’s registration fee for summer camp. You MUST let us know when you register your child so that we can pay our portion and keep you up to date on any summer camp news.

You can learn more about Glen Lake camps and register at glenlakecamp.com  

Health & Safety

FUMCA Kid’s Ministry is gearing up for a summer of fun with limited capacity for in-person programming. We are still committed to providing excellent online opportunities for your children throughout the year in an effort to serve all our families.

In order to create safe environments for your children to encounter Jesus, you will notice some things will look a little different as we re-gather. Here are a few important things you should know:

  • Registration will be REQUIRED to attend. There are no walk-up registrations. Pre-registration for camps is a must.
  • Camp will open 15 minutes before the program begins – please do not arrive early. Please pick up on time when camp has ended.
  • We ask that only ONE caregiver walk with children during drop off and pickup.
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering and exiting the area. Hand sanitizing stations are available around the campus.
  • Please keep personal belongings at a minimum -- packing just necessary items needed for the day.
  • Drinking fountains will be closed. Please send your child with plenty of water to drink. We can refill a reusable water bottle for your child.
  • Doors will be propped open when possible.
  • Classroom capacities will be limited.
  • Social distancing in all hallways and common spaces will be observed. Classroom activities will be designed for social distancing.
  • Spaces will be sanitized between use.
  • Health screening will be completed upon check-in for camp.
  • If you or your child are in a high-risk category, or if you or a family member do not feel well, please stay home.
  • Follow all social distancing guidelines -- help your child refrain from hugging or touching anyone who is not a family member.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Keep your phone visible and set to vibrate in case we need to contact you for any reason. Confirm upon check-in that we have your current cell phone number on file.
  • Talk with your child ahead of time about these safety protocols. If your child is unable to comply with these protocols, you will be contacted to pick your child up from programming immediately.

Thank you for helping us keep things safe so that we can enjoy being together again!

Preschool Playdays

Dates: Wednesdays, June 5, June 26, July 3, July 17, July 24
Time: 9–11 am in Hagler Hall
Ages: 1–5 year olds & their grownups

Join us for Preschool Playdays on Wednesday mornings this summer. We’ll explore God’s big world through play and activities and movement. Grown ups stay with their preschoolers for a fun morning.

Scholarships

We believe children should have the opportunity to attend summer camp and experience God's love, regardless of financial situation. Scholarships opportunities are available for each camp - to apply, contact the church office at 817-274-2571.

Volunteer

We are gearing up for a summer of fun in Children’s Ministries! We would love your help this summer to make this an adventure the kids will never forget. Check back soon for the 2024 volunteer signup form.

If you need to reach us or have any questions, please feel free to call the office 817-274-2571 or email Macy Craft. Come and join the fun!