Check in/Check out Procedure
In an effort to ensure that your child is released to the authorized person, we have established the following procedure that we ask you follow each evening:
1. At the beginning of each evening, please check in your child at the registration table in the Family Life Center (Sparks to Trek), or in their classes in the Children’s Building for Puggles & Cubbies. Check-in will open at 5:45 p.m., and club begins at 6:00 p.m. PLEASE Do not drop your children off before this time.
2. Your child should be prepared to answer the check in questions, have their Bible, handbook, and be in uniform.
3. At the end of each evening, the children will be awaiting your arrival in their designated club area you should learn on opening night. Please arrive promptly at 7:30 p.m. to pick up your child when club ends at 7:45 p.m. We ask you to wait until at leader has acknowledged you and your child is released to you.
Club Rules and Discipline
During the Awana Club time we ask the Children to respect and obey the instructions of our trained leaders. While we do not expect the clubbers to be perfect in their behavior, we ask that they simply respond to the direction and instruction of those working the program.
Some basic rules include:
1. Respect the adults at Awana. Pay attention and do not talk while a leader is giving instruction. Raise your hand if you have a question.
2. Pay attention while our guest speaker is sharing the lesson for the evening.
3. Clubbers will not use foul language or gestures before, during, or after club.
4. Cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices are not to be brought to club.
5. A telephone is available for children to use in case of emergency, but only with permission.
6. All clubbers will show care and respect for church property.
7. Clubbers should not push, shove, rough-house or run in non-game time areas of the church property.
8. Clubbers should not bring gum or candy to club without prior approval from the commander.
9. Awana uses a five-count system to bring order after activities. The Commander, Director(s), or Leader(s) will count 1-2-3-4-5. Each child should become quiet and listen to instructions for the next activity.
10. In the event that the leaders encounter difficulty with the clubber, the clubber is put on the THREE COUNT. This is an individual approach in which the child is given 2 more warnings. If there is a 3rd offense, the clubber is removed from the group activity and is taken to be with the Club Commander until the end of the program. If the offense warrants such discipline, the clubber may be asked to sit out from club for one week. It is our hope that with the support and guidance of the parent that the student will return to our club and thrive by following our basic guidelines.
Clubbers need to remember to wear their uniform each week. Uniforms will be issued once the clubber completes the entrance booklet for their club. Uniforms promote pride and uniformity as a group.
We encourage clubbers to wear pants and tennis shoes along with their uniform to the club each week. Shorts no shorter than mid-thigh are acceptable, but do not provide the same level of protection during game time for those occasional times when students may slip and fall on the gym floor. The active nature of our games do not lend themselves to girls wearing dresses or skirts. Thank you for making every effort to ensure that your child is dressed according to our basic guidelines.
The handbook is a vital tool for your child’s success in Awana. It helps the clubber learn about God and what He has for their lives. Handbooks will be given once the entrance booklet for their club has been completed. We encourage you as a parent to work with your child in his or her handbook.
As you work with them please keep these things in mind:
1. Clubbers must have their handbooks with them in order to pass their section.
2. Sections are to be said to an Awana leader during club time only. Only two helps are allowed to pass a section.
3. We desire to have clubbers come prepared with sections memorized each week. We suggest they spend 10-15 minutes each day to work on their handbook.
4. Do your best to explain the meaning of each verse. Our goal is to not just have the clubber memorize the verse but understand what is being said. If you are not sure of the meaning of the verse, please contact the Awana Commander or one of the directors/leaders.
5. Clubbers will not be allowed to say more than five sections per week. This is more than enough for the children to memorize with understanding. The handbooks are designed to be completed in one club year by averaging two to three sections passed per week.
Handbook Awards: In order to keep pace completing books and earning awards, clubbers will need to work
on their handbooks at home and come prepared to pass sections. As they get to certain levels in their
books they earn awards that they proudly display on their uniform. For each book finished a year end award will be given. Throughout the club year clubbers may participate in many special events and theme nights.