10 Guidelines for Choosing a Summer Camp
Summer camp is a vital tool in the student ministry toolbox. It can either be a time of life change or simply a week of fun!
Student camps come in all shapes and sizes. Like your church, they each have their own personality. Each camp follows a philosophy whether by design or by accident. Your choice can mean you either go home as a hero to your students or strapped to the top of the bus with the luggage.
Making a wise choice about camp is vital for the health of your student ministry. Here are ten guidelines to help you choose.
The camp you want should . . .
- Compliment your student ministry.—Do they have the same goals and methodology that support your ministry strategy?
- Practice Biblical principles and philosophy. —Are they intentional, knowing why they do what they do?
- Provide dynamic activities.—Are they consistently upgrading and enhancing their activities to stay current with students?
- Ignite spiritual passion! —Does the camp staff foster this mindset and encourage your students?
- Encourage local church involvement.—Do they promote the local church and see themselves as an extension of your ministry?
- Recognize your “year-round” role in your students’ lives.—Are they aware they may be picking the fruit you cultivated for fifty-one weeks?
- Promote Biblical values.—Will your values be challenged or reinforced?
- Execute program with excellence.—Is the program exciting enough to make your students want to come back and bring a friend?
- Teach the Word of God accurately and without apology.—Do they challenge your students’ spiritually and intellectually?
- Show genuine concern for you as a youth leader/pastor.—Do they acknowledge your value and see themselves as a part of your team?
There are many good camps available for you to consider, but I want to encourage you to check out this website http://camps.wol.org/