Spreading the good news

HAENA — As Jimmy Johnson prepares for another fun summer at Camp Good News Kauai, he is looking forward to spreading the word of God to Kauai’s children.

“We are very excited,” the chief inspirational officer and camp co-coordinator said.

Equipped with a Mission Impossible theme, the camp will feature several activities for kids such as secret swims, espionage beach games, crab hunting, spy games and sports in addition to chapel and Bible study, which will be taught by camp director Brandon Thomas and other camp counselors.

At night kids will also have the chance to enjoy comedy skits. Although other activities have yet to be chosen, some of them could include airsoft, horseback riding or archery.

A junior counselor program is also available for teenagers who choose to attend the camp that will teach them work ethic training.

The teenagers in the program will also help the counselors with activities with the younger children and help with chores such as cooking and cleaning the camp grounds.

“It’s a neat experience (for them) to be away from home with kids their age,” Johnson said. “It’s just a whole different environment.”

Fifty kids and 15 staff members are expected to be present at the camp.

Having met his wife at the summer camp Camp Fair Haven in Virginia, Johnson has been motivated to coordinate Camp Good News Kauai and believes that time at camp is a life changing experience.

As the kids enjoy themselves, Johnson hopes the children have a deeper understanding of who God is.

“For some, it’ll be their first introduction and for others it will be just be an opportunity to go deeper,” he said.

The camp is available to boys and girls ages 5 to 15 and will take place at the YMCA’s Camp Naue in Haena, 7420 Kuhio Highway from July 6-10.

Campers should bring items like a jacket, sleeping bag, toothpaste, toothbrush, a flashlight, sunblock, boogieboard and Bible.

Children are also asked not to bring their cellphones, MP3 players or electronic games.

The cost for the camp is $250 per child with discounts available for multiple children in addition to a referral program, which allows a person who referred a new child to the camp to receive $50 off of their initial purchase.

Parents can register and pay on the camp’s website campgoodnewskauai.org.

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