Where You Can Just Breathe

31 May / by: Leah Hill / 0 comments / tags : ,,,,,,

Just as a captain would steer the ship away from rocks and icebergs, today’s youth pastors look for ways to help their students navigate adolescence. The sources of stress for many teenagers may take the form of padding their college portfolio with extracurricular activities and impressive academic résumés. Add learning how to socialize with peers, […]

Not Just Another Job

16 May / by: Leah Hill / 0 comments /

Maybe it’s the fragrance of fresh-cut grass or the smell of suntan lotion that takes you back. Or perhaps it’s the sound of a lifeguard’s whistle that reminds you of days spent at camp. Summer camp represents a time of freedom, fun and finding out a little more about the God who created us and […]

The Power Of Camp on Fox & Friends, April, 2016

04 May / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

Key to A Camp Experience

04 May / by: Leah Hill / 0 comments / tags : ,,,,,,

This time of year Kyle Wassom’s students are swamped. Like a lot of other American teenagers, they have projects, exams, competitions and other activities that make carving out time for exploring their faith during the school year nearly impossible. Yet the student ministry team at First Baptist Church (Denton, Texas), prioritized a retreat to Pine […]

A Posture for Listening

21 Apr / by: CCCA / 0 comments / tags : ,,

As it went, Stephen Snyder had planned to attend college to study business. He was good with numbers in high school and thought it would be a smart career move. Before he started his collegiate years, he spent time as a summer camp counselor. Summer days were filled with serving kids and making memories. He […]

Physical Location For Spiritual Mile-Markers

19 Apr / by: CCCA / 0 comments / tags : ,,,

When Paul Turner looks back over his life, it’s clear camp has been the setting for many of his pivotal moments. The year was 1982 at Life for Youth Camp in Vero Beach, Fla. Turner was 14 years old when he received Christ that summer and was baptized by one of the counselors. Many summers […]

Time (And Money) Well Spent

14 Apr / by: Leah Hill / 0 comments / tags : ,,,

At Lives Changed by Christ (LCBC) Church in Millersville, Pa., discipleship is a strong part of the youth ministry. Chad Herman, student ministries director, says building relationships and spiritually encouraging one another within a camp setting is a “relational microwave.” “[Camp] provides this huge chunk of time with students. We don’t get that time on […]

The Power of Camp is “Irreplaceable”

08 Apr / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

What is it about camp that leaves such distinct impressions on those who attend? Zach Crowley, youth minister at Taylorville Christian Church (Taylorville, Ill.), says he can’t imagine a year without it.  “It’s the most important thing we’ll do all year.” He’s quite familiar with the distractions youth face, so venturing to a new place […]

Uninterrupted Conversations

07 Apr / by: Leah Hill / 0 comments / tags : ,,,,,

In a recent phone call with my grandparents, we talked about how they spent Easter, family news, and even the latest on the local high school basketball team. Small-town life, you know. The conversation turned to my projects at work and technology. My grandparents don’t have a computer or Wi-Fi. Of the pair, my grandma […]

A Setting Unlike Any Other

24 Mar / by: Leah Hill / 0 comments / tags : ,,,,,,

Luke Trouten stood in the back of the chapel waiting for the service to end. He wasn’t a camper or a counselor at Covenant Pines in Minnesota that summer. Instead, he served as a janitor. Broom in hand, he waited to clean the chapel once the campers were dismissed. It was one of those nights […]

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