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Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries
a ministry of the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church

New Day Camp is for children
who have at least one incarcerated parent.

These children are the forgotten victims
of crime and we help them experience a New Day.

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Children are divided into small groups for curriculum study and other activities. Each group has its own set of adult leaders. Curriculum is designed to address the special needs of this group of youngsters. We also have share groups where children can process together their hopes, dreams and difficulties that might impact them.

The Store

Many of the children we serve come unprepared for camp. Some have clothes and shoes too small to wear or just worn out. To help with their confidence, a child is invited to receive items from a room of donated items.

Focus Groups

Small groups spend time with a counselor. They are given permission to speak freely about what it means to be a child of an inmate, and voice their fears in a safe and confidential place.


Many of the children served have medical needs. All medicines are collected from the children and the nurses dispense the medicine.


Children participate in an age appropriate worship. Energetic music, messages that children can understand, scripture readings, and prayer time incorporates the theme for the week.

Waterfront Sports

There are opportunities for a variety of water activities on Lake Texoma, including swimming, water games, canoes, & paddleboats.

Therapeutic Games

Children participate in games designed with the intention of building of teams, teamwork, self-esteem, and confidence.

Arts and Crafts

Craft time allows for creativity to develop.

Small Groups

Campers are placed in small groups that work at developing friendships. Each lesson includes interactive activities engaging the children with scripture and with each other.

Volunteer Requirements/Expectations

We are committed to a ratio of one adult for every two children. Our staff includes licensed social workers and other counseling professional. We also have nurses available 24 hours per day.
Volunteers are expected to:

  • complete a background check
  • commit to come and stay the full week of camp plus one day of training - Sunday through Friday.
  • New Day Camps consist of two different 5-day sessions available during the summer, both at Cross Point Camp. Check for the current year dates

Interested in being part of New Day Camp?

Contact Kristen Harlin at 405/530-2015, kharlin@okumc.org,  or Lesa Rhoads at 405/530-2014, lrhoads@okumc.org


Groups can collect items for New Day Camp (contact Lesa Rhoads, 405/530-2014, lrhoads@okumc.org  for a wish list); raise funds to scholarship kids to camp. Individuals can collect items for New Day Camp (contact Lesa Rhoads, 405/530-2014, lrhoads@okumc.org  for a wish list); raise funds to scholarship kids to camp; drive or be a rider on the van taking kids to camp.

Funding support

Funding for New Day Camp comes through scholarships from local churches and donations from individuals like you, Sunday school classes and a wide range of other groups. With this funding the continuation of this camp is possible.

Donations for New Day Camp are tax deductible. Make checks payable to: Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) and note that the donation is for New Day Camp.

Camp expenses average $250 per camper and covers:

  • Kids attend free
  • Hygiene and sundry items Campgrounds, lifeguards, and ropes course instructors
  • Bedding and towels
  • Undergarments and clothes
  • Swimsuits and shoes
  • Medical supplies or hospital calls
  • Curriculum, supplies, and support staff and much more

Dates and Enrollment Information

New Day Camp I
June 11-16, 2017 for ages 8 -11 | Cross Point Camp


New Day Camp TOO
July 16-21, 2017 for ages 12-14 | Cross Point Camp
New Day Summer Camp Enrollment Form


The registration is in PDF format and you will need Acrobat Reader (free software) You may download the reader at this address: www.adobe.com