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June 2019

Trading Anxiety for Prayer

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The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. 
-Philippians 4:5-6
Travel anxieties and the excitement of meeting new people can be overwhelming for anyone. While owning a personal faith and stepping out of our comfort zone is part of what makes camp special, homesickness or reporting some anxiety about the week is common. What is also common in working out our salvation are the feelings of anxiety and fear we sometimes experience. Letting campers learn how to pray and trust God in their preparation is a great opportunity to apply the gospel.
Thankfully God’s Word is profitable and practical. Paul tells us that giving our requests in prayer to a God who is powerful, loving and knowing the future can remedy our anxiety. While we know this, it still takes some intentionality (and courage!) for a camper to leave home for a week with new people away from parents. The best way for parents to pass prayer along to their kids is to model it with them the week before leaving for camp.
It is also helpful to prepare your camper for the tech-free policy for 2019. Connectedness and anxiety too often go hand in hand in the digitally seamless world we have built. For many campers, keeping up with the goings on of daily social media “streaks” is like having hundreds of friends in your pocket at all times to share instantly what is happening. That kind of power can have a draining and pressurizing effect. In a study reported by the CCCA, of camps who implemented a no-device policy, 80% of kids were less stressed and anxious without the expectation to keep up with social media. Our hope is that a week of camp will help kids unplug so they can reconnect to God in prayer.
Something special happens when we pause to unload our anxious heart before God—we become more aware that He is at hand. Parents can talk with their campers, help them pack and pray for them specifically to be sure the time away from home draws them closer to Jesus.

The Best Week Ever

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With Summer Camp kicking off this Sunday, now is a great time for returning families and first time campers both to plan ahead. Our teams have been training and planning for an action packed summer, and we wanted to pass along these final reminders to campers and parents:

First things first. Both parents and campers can pray for the week to challenge students to deeper faith in Jesus. Along with prayer, since each week of summer camp will be walking through the book of Galatians together, campers can read ahead to engage their hearts with God’s Word before arrival.

Prep Checklist. Happy campers come well prepared! Don’t forget to double check the pack list and make sure all the essentials are covered. A big part of camp being enjoyable and distraction-free for everyone is also knowing what not to bring. Please remember that campers are not allowed to have personal devices; for a further explanation of the policy, check out our past blog entries.

Arrival Day Game Plan. Make a plan with friends or your church group to arrive on your Sunday check-in day. This year the Check-In Tent will be opening at 3:00PM EST. Prior to guest arrival, each week the Summer Staff  meet to pray and cover last minute details, while other teams on campus work hard to clean the camp before a new group arrives. We appreciate your understanding in helping us time everything just right!

We want Summer Camp to be the Best Week Ever for each parent and every camper! If you have other questions about Summer Camp, or would like to learn more about how to register, visit the summer camp page to register and learn more!