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A Taste of Miracle Camp

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Kids shout with echoes of delight. Boats hum with ecstatic tubers on the lake. The zipline whirs in the distance. Birds chatter in the trees near the archery, paintball station, and high ropes course. Worship music floats out the chapel door. What do these sounds have in common? They are all heard at Miracle Camp!

In today’s non-stop society running on caffeine and jam-packed schedules, you could describe Miracle Camp as an oasis. The camp’s layout perfectly complements the surrounding nature, resulting in a pleasant place of respite. The waterfront view, winding trails, and myriad of activities provide high-quality adventure. An aura of wonder fills the air, allowing space to slow down and enjoy life. What could be better than the small-town feel with the 100+ acres of land offering opportunities to play, relax, and wander?

Adding to the beauty, the sense of community at Miracle Camp is prominent. Joy radiates from the staff as you pass them within the comfort of Bankson Lodge. Their inclusiveness embodies the love of Jesus, and you will smile as the housekeepers greet you by name on your way to breakfast. The 45 Summer Staff and 11 Program Office leaders serve with a genuine sense of caring, leaving no one a stranger for long. One of the seven interns runs from one activity to the next, waving as you head to the beach for some kayaking. The top-notch hospitality creates a home away from home.

Prior to your arrival, each staff member is equipped with proper training, provided with opportunities for discipleship, and encouraged to employ a component of personal retreat. These elements are necessary as the teams prepare for a busy season hosting campers and guest groups. Organization is key, and arrangements for comfortable lodging, delicious food, and an exciting itinerary are drawn up to ensure the success of your stay.

While many roles of the staff are obvious, the behind-the-scenes people and work are just as important to the most efficient and successful functions of this camp. You may notice the cleanliness, but miss the woman diligently sweeping the room or the man power-washing the windows. You may observe the beautiful landscape, but not see the ones spending hours on their hands and knees planting flowers. Behind your enjoyable stay were hours spent on the phone and in the office in preparation. Frequently, the Friends of Camp, the regular volunteers, are onsite contributing to the work that plays a powerful role in the daily operations.

The whiff of a campfire drifts through the evening breeze, mixing with a hint of freshly mowed grass. From the interactions with the staff to pleasant accommodations to activity preparations, bringing glory to God is evident throughout every detail. The safe and relaxing atmosphere at Miracle Camp offers loads of laughter, stretches of rest, and opportunities to encounter Jesus. As you pass the lake on your way out, you will glance back at Miracle Camp in your rearview mirror with a renewed spirit, happy memories, and the anticipation of planning your return trip.

If you would like to find out more information about Miracle Camp, click the button below!

Summer Camp is Finally Here!!

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Summer Camp is one of our favorite programmed events that we put on here at Miracle Camp. Every year, we love seeing the hundreds of kids that come to camp and hear the message of Jesus Christ preached.

We are just finishing up our first week of camp with over 120 middle school campers who have been busy ziplining, enjoying the waterfront, making lots of new friends, and diving into the book of Philippians during our chapel sessions. Our staff has had a blast putting everything they’ve learned in training over the past couple weeks into action as they care for and encourage the campers who are in their cabins.

This year we will have over 1,300 campers come through our doors and 46 summer staff who oversee everything that has to do with Summer Camp. Our ministry here at camp isn’t all about numbers, but we are always excited to have the opportunity to see the Gospel preached to more and more kids every year!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Fun!

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With our staff all here and campers coming in just a few short days we are so excited to share with you how our staff is preparing for Summer Camp and how much we long for your camper to have the best week ever!

FUN!

It might sound shallow, but we truly hope that every camper has one of the best weeks of their life while they are at Miracle Camp. We truly do believe that campers have as much fun here as at Disney World!

CREATIVE PROGRAMMING

Our summer staff makes it a priority to put in the extra effort to plan creative activities for Summer Camp. Our all camp games, like Gold Rush, are some of our favorite activities that we program. Every year, we love using our creativity to provide new and excited games and activities for our campers.

THINGS YOU CAN’T DO AT HOME

We have be blessed with lots of awesome things that provide an experience that is way different from anything that our campers could do at home over the summer. Some of our favorites include our zipline, climbing wall, tubing, the blob, paintball, and so much more!

MEANINGFUL FRIENDSHIPS

Camp wouldn’t be the same without the other campers and staff members that your child will meet while they are here at camp. It always brings a smile to our faces to see the friendships that campers can make after just a week of being together.

It is such a joy to us to see campers having one of the best weeks of their lives here at Summer Camp. If you would like to check out more about Summer Camp, or if you would like to register, click on the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Spiritual Growth

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Our Program Office staff has been here for almost a week now preparing for Summer Camp this year! We are so excited for the rest of our summer staff to arrive this upcoming Tuesday and begin training for this summer. As we touched on last week, safety is our number one priority. Right along with it, though, spiritual growth is one of the main reasons we exist and put so much effort into our Summer Camps.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Right behind safety, our second priority at summer camp is to make sure that each camper grows closer to God while they are here. We want to make sure that the Bible is preached clearly and relevantly to every camper and that each counselor challenges campers to apply God’s word to their life. Our desire is to see you son or daughter learn more about Jesus Christ and grow in their walk with Him.

ONE ON ONES

Another way that we encourage and challenge your child in their walk with the Lord is through one on one conversations they have with their cabin leader. These discussions are put into place so that each cabin leader can help each camper grow closer to God personally. Our staff is trained to challenge students to read and apply God’s word and to spend time in prayer.

CHAPEL SESSIONS

Campers get to experience 2 chapel sessions each day that include worship and a Bible teacher who will communicate God’s word on a level relevant to the age of the campers. We believe that the Bible is powerful and changes lives and we want campers to experience this each week.

DAILY DEVOTIONS

After the morning chapel session, campers will spend some time outside with their Bible and daily devotional. Our desire is to see campers reading and studying God’s Word both here at camp and continue these habits as they go home. Each cabin will also come together after each evening chapel session for cabin devotions. These times provide a space for cabin leaders to lead discussions on what the speaker talked about during the session and allow campers to see how this topic applies to their life now.

Our staff is focused on helping people know God in a deeper way. We believe that relationships are the heart of ministry and each summer, our Summer Staff will pour their hearts and lives into the campers in their care. If you want to see more about what Summer Camp is like, click on the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Safety

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Our Summer Staff starts arriving to camp in just a few short days! As we prepare for this summer, we want to give you a little insight on some of the things we teach our Summer Staff!

SAFETY

Our first summer camp priority is safety and we take it very seriously. We have safety training, policies and background checks in place to ensure your camper will have a safe week of camp. But the most important thing we do for safety is take hiring seriously. We believe that our staff is one of the safest summer camp teams in the nation.

During our staff training, we spend numerous sessions preparing our staff for a myriad of issues that could arise during a week of Summer Camp, including topics such as homesickness, bullying, and what to do in an emergency situation. We prepare our staff to always value safety over any other aspect of camp. Each week of summer camp, we have trained medical staff who are qualified to handle a potential emergency situation. We take every precaution to make sure everything we do is as safe as possible and we make sure we are prepared if an injury or emergency should arise. We also hire 8 lifeguards to be at the waterfront during free time, which is 6 more than is required by law.

Safety is the most important aspect of our Summer Camp and we do everything that we can to make sure you child is safe while they are here at camp. If you would like more information about our Summer Camps, click on the button below!

SUMMER CAMP!!!

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Summer Camp begins in just under 40 days!!! We couldn’t be more excited for the many staff, camp aides, and the hundreds of campers that will be here this summer! One of our favorite parts of Summer Camp is seeing campers learn more about the Gospel, make lots of new friends and watching them have one of the most incredible weeks of their life. Here are the dates for this year’s summer camp!

Middle School 1: June 10 – 16
Junior High 1: June 17 – 23
Senior High 1: June 24 – 30
Grade School 1: July 1 – 4
Junior High 2: July 8 – 14
Senior High 2: July 22 – 28
Grade School 2: July 29 – August 4
Grade School 3: July 29 – August 1
Middle School 2: August 5 – 11

Space for Summer Camp always fills up quick so make sure you register while there are still spots available! Click on the button below to register or learn more!!

Grade School Summer Camp April Discount!

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For the whole month of April, we will be offering a discount for any Grade School Summer Camp registrations! Starting this Sunday, if you register your son or daughter, enter the code below and receive $25 off the cost of Summer Camp for Grade School 1 or Grade School 3 (half week) or $50 dollars off for Grade School or 2 (full week).

DISCOUNT CODES

Grade School 1 – “25OFFGS1”
Grade School 2 – “50OFFGS2”
Grade School 3 – “25OFFGS3”

Our mission to facilitate life change by helping others grow closer to God and to glorify Jesus Christ. We exist as a camp to share the Good News of Jesus to everyone who comes on our campus, no matter how old or young they are.

Every year, we love have new kids here at camp. One part of Summer Camp that we have potential to grow is our Grade School weeks. We hope that this discount will help bring more Grade Schoolers to camp and be impacted by hearing the message of Jesus preached through the chapel sessions and through one on one conversations they have with their counselors. Check out more of what a week of Grade School camp looks like by clicking here.

If you would like to register your child for camp this summer, head to www.miraclecamp.com/gradeschool.

Summer Camp is Coming!

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It might still be February but this warmer weather is showing us that summer is right around the corner! In less than 100 days, our Summer Staff will be getting ready for our first week of campers!

Summer Camp is one of our favorite times of the year. We love seeing campers experience things they can’t do at home like blobbing out on the lake, riding the zip line, and meeting lots of new friends from all over the Midwest! Our large group games, like Gold Rush, Atomic Domination, and Hunger Games are always a blast and give campers a chance to have fun and play games with hundreds of other kids at a time. Archery, paintball, the Climbing Wall, and the craft shack are just a few more of the incredible activities we offer here at camp.

More than all the fun and games, though, we love Summer Camp because we get to see these kids spend a whole week learning more about who Jesus is and their need for Him through chapel sessions, cabin devotions, and one-on-ones that each camper gets with their counselor. Our entire mission is built around facilitating life change by helping people grow closer to God. All of the hard and exhausting work that our staff puts in to each week of the summer is worth seeing kids grow in their relationship with the Lord.

If you would like more information on Summer Camp, or if you would like to register, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summercamp!

Apply to Camp Aide This Summer!

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The Camp Aide program here at Miracle Camp is designed to give high school students an opportunity to serve alongside the summer staff at camp. It is an intense two week discipleship program that gives students a chance to work with kids, help out around camp, and learn more about their relationship with God.

Each year we are excited to challenge our Camp Aides and help them grow through serving the kids that are here. These students will work on many different projects here around camp and will have the experience of seeing what goes on behind the scenes during the summer. Camp Aides will be able to learn from the counselors they work with and will be able to spend time being mentored by our Camp Aide Directors. We desire to see these high schoolers grow in their relationship with God and give students time in the Word every day through personal devotions, worship, teaching times, and small groups. Camp Aides get to experience an incredibly fun two weeks as they have the joy of hanging out with kids, with each other, and with the summer staff!

We offer 3 two-week sessions of our Camp Aide program.  If you are interested in one of these sessions please apply online and that will get the process started. Applications are due by March 15th to guarantee consideration for a spot this summer. Applications may be accepted beyond this date; however, positions may be filled after that time. For more information on the Camp Aide program, or to apply, head to www.miraclecamp.com/campaide!

The Job That Changes Lives.

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I still remember the first time I got the call telling me I was going to be a counselor at Miracle Camp.  Sitting in my dorm lobby at college, playing a game with some friends, I stepped out to answer the phone.  When I came back, I was beaming.  I couldn’t wait to tell all my college friends how excited I was.  Being primarily from the East Coast, none of them knew Camp, so they didn’t quite get it.  But it didn’t matter.  I was ecstatic.  And it was only the beginning.

Looking back at the three summers I spent on summer staff, I couldn’t be more thankful for my experiences.  God used each moment at camp to teach me, grow me, and mold me more into His image.  During my first summer as a counselor, God taught me about his provision.  He showed me time and time again that my own strength, love, spiritual insight, or sleep schedule didn’t have to be enough – as they almost never were!  Each day brought new challenges, and in each new challenge, God showed me another way He is all-sufficient.  I would encourage anyone who wants to see God break down walls and change lives to spend even one day at camp.  You can’t miss it.

After my first summer, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to go back.  I wanted to more than anything, but as an engineering student, I was facing certain expectations for internships and research experiences – especially with my goal of pursing a graduate degree.  That, along with family circumstances, kept me at home the next summer.  But if I learned anything in my first summer, it was that God is not limited by something like internship requirements.  Looking back, I can clearly see the path the Lord laid out before me.  In His timing, internships happened, research opportunities arose at school, and I was able to meet all of my requirements, and still have not one, but two more opportunities to serve at Miracle Camp for the summer.  God was teaching me to rely on Him even in the process of getting back to camp.

My next two summers were spent in leadership roles, and God used the opportunity to teach me something very different.  As a leader, God gave me a chance to pour into the lives of other staff members and provide the same mentoring that had such an impact on me my first summer.  God also used this time to challenge me to seek nothing before Him and help others do the same.  Because God called me back to camp, I was able to share with kids and staff about His goodness as I walked with my family though some dark valleys.  Praise God for His faithfulness and grand design.  I am encouraged whenever I look back and see how obvious His hands are in every experience I have had at Camp.

Working at Miracle Camp has left me forever changed.  God used my time serving on staff to challenge me, to provide the spiritual nourishment I needed most, and provide me with lifelong mentors and friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful.  Looking back, it’s easy to forget all of the frustrating moments, the annoying bug bites, and the late nights.  What stick out most are all the moments when God did far more than all I could ask or imagine.  And those make all the difference.

If you would like more information on working on summer staff, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summeremployment!