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Outdoor Laser Tag at Camp Fontanelle.  Check out the summer camp schedule for 5-12th grade camps and join the action!  Reservations can be made for your very own laser tag event for birthdays, youth events, teambuilding for businesses or schools, and other group events.  Let us help facilitate a new, thrilling experience for you.

Registration page coming soon.

COST: $20/person for 2 hours
Minimum group size: 15-20

Click on the "Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze" link and look for details under Special Events on playing laser tag in the corn maze.

Laser Tag at Camp Fontenelle

The Taggers: (digitally programmed)

Range of 600-800 feet in broad daylight
No projectiles or actual lasers, uses same light as your remote control
Ability to program and control digitally:
Alpha vs. Bravo
Friendly Fire  Yes or No
Hit Points before out of the game
Armor Points
Sci-Fi vs. Military Sound
Length of game before units automatically shut off
Hit delay – after being tagged, time before can be tagged again
Rounds per “clip”
Cloning taggers – once have settings on one tagger, can tag other units to clone settings


Pre-Teach

This is a game, not a battle, just like regular tag or water balloon “fights”.
Explain how taggers work
No getting within 6 feet of someone from the other team (physical safety)
Explain objectives of each match
When your hit points are gone, you are “out” or your “game is over”
Limit length of each game or respawn those that are out.
No use of the words “guns”, “dead”, “shoot” or “kill”
Challenge by choice → not for everyone and that is okay
Safely Playing the Game:

  • No running
  • No tagging within 6 feet
  • Jeans or long pants
  • Closed toe tennis shoes or boots
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Explanation of any hazards on the particular playing field (poison ivy, nettles, branches, etc.)
  • Staff on the course (can shut down a player at any time if not obeying rules)
  • Pray before starting each game

Lesson Plans

Will be posted at a later time when available.  If you have ideas of additional scenarios along with supporting Bible verses, please contact us.

 

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Possible Scenarios

Teamwork – doing your part (the body of Christ)
Communication – one team can talk, other can’t
How need people around them on the field translates into surrounding with the right friends at school
The concept of the armor of God
Success in laser tag requires knowledge, skills, and leadership. . . so does faith in Jesus Christ
Fair play
Sportsmanship
Experience of knowing that you are not alone - someone else has "got your back" - Jesus will stand by you when you are afraid or alone
Trust ? tell teams that there is one traitor on their team that can take them out or secretly tell one person to be a secret traitor, how does this affect team dynamics?
Play teams one game and everyone for themselves another – contrast
Have a team where all members are briefed to desert one person who has no idea that he is being “left behind” – make analogy of feeling Jesus may have had when disciples left him when going go tough
Program taggers with varying amount of times for the game.  Some people will be out before they think their game should be over.  Make the analogy that we only have a certain amount of time on this earth.  Some people live longer than others.  Are you living life for God now?  There may not be a tomorrow.  Seize the moment and live as if there is no tomorrow.  Use “thief in the night” passage, no one knows the hour.
Hitting the target – games have objectives to win just as being a Christian you have specific objectives.  Do you hit the target EVERY time when playing games (or in this case laser tag?)  When participating in life, when we don’t “hit the target”, that is called sin.  If we mess up, it is important to not give up and keep playing.

Post-Teach (end of game)

Have question/lesson for each of above topics.  Develop objectives, specific scenarios, debrief questions, and Biblical support/verses/lesson for each topic.

Debrief Questions

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Have you participated in laser tag before?  If yes, what were your impressions of the experience (both positive and negative)?   If no, what did you expect of the experience?
 
How does laser tag make you feel?
 
Did you have fun?  If yes, why; and if no, why not?
 
What could have made the experience more meaningful for you?
 
What values, do you believe, that laser tag suggests?  (Ie:  winner v. loser, one "survivor," play to win, just have fun, cooperate with your team, etc.)
 
Do you believe that these values affirm or go against the kingdom values of Christ? (Ie: Fruits of the Spirit, cooperation, loving your neighbor, etc.).  Please be specific in your response.  If yes, why?  If no, why not?
 
Did you have a spiritual experience with this activity?  If yes, why?  If no, why not?  
What could have made this experience more spiritual for you?

What did you get out of this activity?  So what? (is there a lesson to be learned?) What now? (how do you take it home and apply it to your life, specifically what will you do as a result of what you have learned?)

Pros of Laser Tag

Social Experience – team, rehashing stories
Players play constantly
Exercise
Fun – great memories
Great hands-on teaching activity for some pretty big spiritual lessons
See new kids come to play that would never otherwise consider coming to participate
Depend on team, lone rangers quickly out of the game
Lessons in good communication and doing your part
Unique community building
Equalizer – athletes no advantage over non-athletes
Great evangelistic outreach
Statistically safer than bowling
No extra insurance above normal umbrella (Church Mutual in Lincoln)
Symbolically no more violent than football
Play in a Christian environment vs. many secular fields where no values/foul language/rough behavior
"Be in the world and not of the world" – use technology in appropriate ways, not in the "ways of the world".  Technology can teach if not used inappropriately ? Internet for example?

A Testimony — Paintball at another camp speaking to rationale for adding laser tag

Paintball has been a Thousand Pines trade mark since it started here. I started at Thousand Pines in the Summer of 2003 when we ran paintball 3 days a week. This past summer we ran paintball 4 days a week for summer camp and another 1-2 days a week for guest groups. Its popularity continues to grow both for people who are really skilled in it and first time players. I ask myself, why is paintball so popular? The truth of the matter is that its fun competition. As a Christian camp we realize that for an unbelieving kid the biggest seller is fun. Its a way to draw unbelievers into a surrounding where they can't help but experience God. We have approx. 350 kids in during summer camp, at least one kid every week shares with us or their pastor that the only reason they came to camp was to play paintball but have entered into a relationship with God because of it.
 
There is not something supernatural about paintball but there is a different experience playing on a field ran by believers. Our mission here at Thousand Pines is to help people see, know and experience God. In application with paintball we help facilitate team work, encourage good sportsmanship, and share some Christian basics with the players. We adapt or program based on secular groups but still teach the same ideas. A common passage used on our paintball field is Eph.6, the armor of God. As the recreation Coordinator I have helped the paintball lead develop there own applications for the campers. A couple of years ago the paintball lead was really concerned with gossip, cussing, and controlling the tongue. She adapted the spiritual application to talk about really thinking about what we say before we say it. That summer we had no problem with attitudes on the field. Other topics have been oneness among believers, The Body of believers, the cost of following Christ.

Rebekah Farr
Recreation Coordinator
Thousand Pines Christian Camps
HOW TO PLAY:

Go to Laser Tag Registration to reserve a time.
402-478-4296

 

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