Woman’s vision for kidz camps grows, expands

Tami Carr, Special to The Log
Destin Assembly of God hosted one of the Holy Kidz Camps this past summer.

A few years ago God showed me a path. He showed me where to go. He drew a picture for me of a way to bring His love into the lives of children in our community through summer camps and camp-like programs. I sat down. I prayed. And I began, slowly, to put His vision into a vision that others could see. 

This was the beginning of Holy Kidz Camps. First, I needed to write a mission statement that spoke to my love of Christ and my love for the children of this community. After His guidance, my mission statement started with, “Imagine a place to take your children where they are taught the value of God’s love.” Even I didn’t know EXACTLY where that place was, but I knew I didn’t have to worry about it too much because He was with me in my mission.

I would like to thank Good News Methodist, Destin Assembly of God, Hammock Bay, Destiny Worship Center and Destin United Methodist for opening their doors to Holy Kidz Camps this summer to allow me to continue my mission. I am very grateful for the beautiful facilities they provided. This summer we were able to plant the seeds of faith in more than 250 childrens’ lives and also were fortunate enough to minister to some families in need of His love and compassion.

We had five camps at five convenient locations with one being at our first non-church location. It still amazes me to watch God work through all of this. We had 56 new campers who had never been to one of our events and gave out 47 scholarships to local children. Thank you to everyone involved for your graciousness, your talents and your commitment in helping Holy Kidz Camps enrich the lives of God’s children. Although summer camp is over it is just the beginning of the planning of the winter camps and other outreach activities God has chosen or asked me to do.

I also have a video now on my website, www.holykidzcamps.com, which captured some of the summer moments.

Holy Kidz Camps constantly strives to keep the cost of the camps at an affordable price, and to achieve this they must rely on donations and recycled goods from local businesses, individuals and through fundraising. We would like to say a special thank you to Walton County Walmart for its wonderful continuous donations.

We are also in need of churches or businesses that could open their doors for our camps and fun-loving outreach events. We are possibly considering an after-school camp if we can find space. Also, we need a storage unit to be donated from someone who would like to help.

Our next event, His Greatest Gift Camp, is for children pre-K to fifth grade to celebrate Jesus’ birth with a party. We create unique gifts for family and friends, and award-winning artists Mary Hong and Robin Cannon make art with the kidz to be used in next fundraising event, How Great Thou Art, to be held April 16.

The Greatest Gift Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Coastline Calvary Church in Destin and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $35/student; $30/siblings.

Call me at 850-586-8264 to donate, help with camps or sponsor a child, or visit the website for more information.

Tami Carr is founder of Holy Kidz Camps, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization.