April, 27 / 2020
On May 9th, join JKR families all over Texas and beyond for a campout experience together, but in your own home.

JKR Backyard Overnight Campout #athomeJKR

Hello JKR families! In these wild times, we at the John Knox Ranch want to give you all the resources to have a little camp fun at home on May 9th. Every camp session we have an overnight campout on our nature preserve where we throw ourselves into the beauty of God's creation, and experience the opportunity of sleeping under the stars. This is a time we get to sing, laugh, cook dinner over a fire, and play in nature. Below are all the resources you need to have an "at home" overnight campout experience with your family. If you are new to the JKR family, welcome! We are glad you are here and hope to meet you in person at the ranch soon.

Summer Camp update: We are closely monitoring colleagues and partner organizations and will wait as long as possible to cancel camps. We know this may be the most important summer of camp ministry ever for our camp families. We encourage you to go ahead and register for camp this summer at no risk to you. You can request a full refund for any reason. Register here for camp. Learn more about our Coronavirus response here.
DATE: Saturday, May 9, 2020
LOCATION: Your home!
Schedule Below. Follow along with JKR Families all over Texas and beyond!

12:30 - 1pm After Lunch Singing
Follow along to this recording of our live sing along! Feel free to listen and sing along to as much as you'd like.
JKR Sing Along
1 - 3pm Rest Time
Take a nap, read a book, make a friendship bracelet, or write a letter to a camp friend.

3 - 3:30pm Snack
Feel free to watch this video for our famous JKR Snickerdoodle Cookie tutorial! You can also pick a snack from your house favorites!

Recipe: Cream 2 sticks of soft butter with 1 and 3/4 C sugar, add 2 eggs, beat until fluffy. Add 2 and 3/4 C flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons baking powder. Pat into a half sheet pan with your hands, then top with 1/2 C sugar mixed with 1 T cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, cut into squares with a plastic knife. Enjoy!
JKR Snickerdoodle Cookie Tutorial
3:30 - 4:30pm Arts and Crafts
Friendship Bracelets are a staple at John Knox. Campers and counselors love to exchange them as they build lifelong friends. Watch the videos below to get a step by step rundown from our very own JKR summer staff. Mother's day is tomorrow! Maybe make her a friendship bracelet!
Learn how to make the "Stripes" Friendship Bracelet
Learn how to make the "Staircase" Friendship Bracelet
4:30pm Prep for Dinner
Build your Foil Pack!- Click the link for step by step instructions for building your very own foil pack dinner.

Build Dessert! - Follow these instructions to build the LEGENDARY Banana Boat
5:15 - 6pm Set up your backyard (or living room) campsite

  • Pack up supplies- sleeping bag, tent, hammock, flashlight, water bottle, and anything else you may need.
  • Build your campfire if you are able. Here are some instructions to get you started- *NOTICE a campfire is NOT essential to an outstanding overnight but it does raise moral (shout out Bear Grylls)*

6 - 8:00pm Eat some food and play some games with your family!
  • Cook your Foil Packs, Banana Boats, and S'mores
  • Here are some fun games we play at camp that will work for a family
  • At the close of each night at camp we love to do "Highs and Lows" and "Where did you see God Today?" where we each take a turn sharing about the best parts and hardest parts of our day and where we saw and felt the presence of God. Campers, lead your family in the nightly closing.

8:00pm - Facebook Live Closing!

Head to the JKR Facebook Page to have an old fashion camp closing where we have a chance to finish the day in prayer and song, and an opportunity to submit your own prayer requests to our camp community.

Share your pictures and experiences on Facebook and Instagram throughout the day using #athomeJKR
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