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What Makes Miracle Camp Unique?

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Sometime, when people are considering multiple camp options they will ask us a question like “what makes you unique?” or “how are you different from other camps?”.

For us that is a very difficult question to answer. For one, we really appreciate the work that is done by all the Christian summer camps in the Christian Camp and Conference Association. We are all trying to accomplish the same purposes and to say we are unique, sometimes sounds like we think we’re better than others…and we don’t think we are. But another reason is that there isn’t necessarily one thing that makes Miracle Camp unique.

Rather, it’s a combination of things that makes us unique.

We think that the most unique thing about us isn’t a thing at all…but rather an atmosphere that’s created by four strategies that we employ as we create each event and train our staff. We think of it kind of like a recipe. There are many recipes to make chocolate chip cookies, but my wife’s chocolate chip cookies are unique and, for me, are the perfect combination. We think that our “recipe” of how to do camps and retreats is kind of like that.

Gracious Hospitality

We believe that it is every single person’s job to serve the guests that come to Miracle Camp. We don’t view people as our customers, in fact, we try to never say the word “customer”. We believe that everyone is our guest and we hope to treat them like that. We want to smile, go the extra mile to serve others, listen to requests, respond quickly to any problems, anticipate needs, and much more. We think that our staff is consistently one of the most friendly, hospitable staff teams around. My favorite story is from a few years ago when a group arrived at 1am and realized that they had forgotten some of their supplies. One of our staff at the time, Kyle, told them to give him a list of what they needed and he made a trip to Walmart (at 1am!!!!) to get what they needed so they could get rest. Our stories aren’t always this out of the ordinary, but we do think that you’ll get a big smile when you check in and that our staff will take your needs seriously.

Affordable Quality

This is a very difficult strategy to define, because to each person it is different. But in general, we try to reach a balance between what is quality and what is affordable. There are many places that are quality, but are expensive and many places that are affordable, but lack quality. So we try to be as nice as possible, while still remaining affordable for the average person. We think we’ve done a pretty good job at this. All of our buildings are air conditioned, heated, and have bathrooms with each room (rather than walking outside). We received a donation of mattresses from Tempurpedic which gives us affordable, yet quality beds. In all areas, food, lodging, activities, meeting space, etc, we seek to find this balance of functionality, cost, and excellence.

Creative Programs

We have found that creativity isn’t as complicated as it sounds. And often, creativity is simply improving something that already exists. Take Apple for instance, they weren’t the first company to think of a tablet, a smartphone, a smart watch, or a device that plays digital music. But they were the most creative. We like to take things that we see or things that we already have an improve them in creative ways and turn them into something that people love. This is why our waterfront (in our opinion) has structures that have been creatively designed with a large floating blob tower that also includes a waterslide. It’s why our zip line and tower have been designed to cut down on waiting times and walking distances. It’s why our high ropes course has stairs to get in rather than a system that takes 45 minutes for everyone to reach the course. And it’s why we install sound systems, fire rings, and benches in so many places…they’re all creative improvements.

Biblical Focus

This, of course, is the most important thing to us. Without this, we feel that the first three strategies have gone to waste. We believe that God’s word (the Bible) must be preached and preached with authority. When we look for speakers we don’t necessarily look for excellent speakers (though that is important)…we look for people who have a commitment to preaching the Bible. We believe that God speaks to people’s hearts through his word, and that his word speaks powerfully. And so we carefully make sure there are times for people to listen to God through his word in multiple settings.

So there you have it…we’re not unique at all. Many places do things like this. But we do think that you’ll find our special combination of ingredients to be quite unique, special, and will leave you wanting to taste more!

Bible Reading Plans

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One of our biggest hopes for campers is that they keep pursuing God in faith as they head home from camp. We don’t expect them to always feel the same emotions they felt at camp, but we pray that they will have the same commitment to Christ at home that they did at camp. One of the best ways to do that is to spend time in prayer and time reading the Bible. Our favorite method is for parents and children to read through a plan together. Here are a few Bible reading plans that can get you started:

5 Minutes a Day Plan – This is the easiest plan and in 5 minutes a day you can read one chapter of the New Testament and finish in 1 year

1 Year Chronological Plan – Read through the whole Bible in one year by reading 3 chapters each day

1 Year Blended Plan – Read some of the Old Testament and the New Testament each day and complete the whole Bible in one year

Read New Testament in 90 days – This plan has you read several chapters of the New Testament each day and you can easily finish in 3 months.

To pray, we encourage campers to simply talk with God. Prayer isn’t all about making requests, though that is part of it. It’s also about sharing life with the person who cares the most about you. You can talk to Him about how you feel about things at school, you can ask Him for advice when you’re discouraged, and you can thank Him for the good things happening in your life. The more time you spend with God in prayer, the closer your relationship will be.

Here’s an acronym that we like to use sometimes to help guide our prayer times:

  • A – Adoration – this simply means to praise God or to tell Him what you like about him. Give God some complements!
  • C – Confession – sometimes there are things that get in the way of our relationship with God. It’s important to apologize for those sins and wrong decisions we’ve made.
  • T – Thanksgiving – this is a time to simply thank God for the positive (and even sometimes negative) aspects of our lives. When we follow God, everything has a purpose and we can thank him for that.
  • S – Specific Requests – this is what most people think of when they think of prayer. It’s an important part, but it’s not the only part. In this section simply talk to God about your needs and to ask Him to work in the lives of people you know and around the world.

As always, if you need any guidance or other resource ideas, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to help you and your family grow close to God.