Research shows there is something deeply significant and deeply theological happening at Christian camps across the country. Long-term impact
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How do you call a group to attention. Whether children or adults; school, church, or camp – these seven teacher tips help invite a crowd to quiet.
Greetings in the name of the Lord! I write to you, having just completed another inspiring, exciting, boisterous, reverent, and one-of-a-kind day at Christian summer camp. I am serving as a chaplain for a session of 89 middle-schoolers here at Shrine Mont Camps, in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. We just came from an evening Communion service in the outdoor chapel, surrounded by candlelight, with guitars and voices rising to the darkened sky.
And the kids are LEARNING. The messages are sticking. The group is coming together. The answers (and questions) are getting more deep and honest. When I ask, “What did we talk about on the second day?” a dozen hands go up, and the correct response “Jesus is reliable,” comes without delay.
I am writing this post from Shrine Mont, which is a Christian retreat center in Orkney Springs, Virginia – in the Shenandoah Valley. During the summer, Shrine Mont welcomes over 900 campers throughout the summer, with various camps and sessions.
While the camp themes differ (art, sports, outdoors), worship is the thing that draws them all together.
And the best worship tradition has to be THE SHOUTING PRAYER.
This summer I’ve been living in community with the 12 “permanent” (read: summer-long) staff members at Camp Bratton-Green, the camp of the Diocese of Mississippi. I never went to camp as a kid and had no real experience with college students—other than being one a couple of decades ago—so I was a little nervous about how my 10-week stint as the chaplain to the group might go. Despite myself, I worried about whether they would like me, whether they would be willing to talk to me about their lives. If not, I knew it could be a long summer for both them and me, since we’d be seeing a lot of one another.
Being a camper counselor is a rewarding job, but caring for campers brings challenges. These ten tips help reinforce desired behavior and keep campers safe.
The list that follows is adapted from materials that I received at TIC Summer Camp.
My only addition (from a Christian perspective) would be: remember that each camper is a work of art, crafted by God for great proposes. Each camper bears the image of Christ. Your job is to nurture that, draw it out, and help that child become the person that God needs them to be.
Ok, the list! Ten Strategies for Managing Camper Behavior!
It is that time of year that camp (church camp or otherwise) is just around the corner. Whether you are a parent, counselor, or camper, this can be and anxious time.
You’ve probably looked at the packing list, and that’s a great place to start. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. That’s where we come in. The Building Faith team, in yet another BTDT (been there, done that) moment, has the inside scoop on what to bring to camp.
We have no special training, just experience (and lots of mistakes).
As violence spread through the Holy Land in 2001, educators in Jerusalem dreamed of a safe place where Jewish, Christian & Muslim children could meet face to face, play together as kids, cross social divides, and share stories of their lives.