Working at Camp: ‘Best Summer of My Life’

30 Jun / by: CCCA / 0 comments / tags : ,,,

Leah Samuelson is a creative. She’s a learner, a faculty member at Wheaton College and she has a background in Christian camping—only with a twist. “One summer when I was 20, I got stuck,” Leah says. “I applied to be a camp counselor. I fully expected to be awarded the post—I am camp counselor material. […]

Camp! A Leader’s Guide to Making the Most Out of Camp

01 Jun / by: CCCA / 0 comments / tags : ,,

The following is an excerpt originally published in “Camp! A Leader’s Guide to Making the Most Out of Camp” on My Healthy Church Youth blog. Every year, I think of three things that camp allows me to build into the life and the health of my youth ministry: 1. Build Runways Camp is not a […]

Where You Can Just Breathe

31 May / by: CCCA / 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: CCCA / 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: CCCA / 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: CCCA / 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 […]