Camp has been a HUGE tradition for our student ministry. Camp has traditionally been one of the biggest highlights of our year. It is a week of fun, intense worship, and life change in our students. That was then, and this is now. Many people who I have talked too have said that camp is not working for them anymore. Many groups have said that it is not working for student ministry anymore. While there may be some truth to some of their reasons, let me give you a few reasons why camp still works for us!
- Camp pulls students away from every day life- My students are consumed with video games and technology, and while at camp, they get away from this to interact with others face to face, and to allow God to speak into their lives. They leave many distractions behind so that the Spirit can speak to them more freely.
- Camp allows students to build new relationships- This was always one of the coolest things for me growing up. I loved going to camp to meet new students (mainly the girls). You build new relationships at camp.
- Camp has a deeper mission than fun- Camp is one of the most fun places to be, but their mission is much deeper. They are missional in their attempts to draw students closer to the Gospel.
- Camp brings students out of their comfort zone- This coincides with #1, but still it is very important. Not only do they lose technology, but they are immediately pulled out of their comfort zone.
- The Lord uses camp to reach students- We saw 2 of our students last week at camp accept Jesus into their lives! Now, you can argue all you want that camp is not working, and it may not work for your group that much right now, but just think of the life change that is happening, and that may happen in your group through the camping ministry. It is something to consider.
[Question]: Where do you take your students to camp?