Camp Connect gives children and youth opportunity to learn about God

3/16/2015

This summer, through Connectional Ministries’ camping ministry, children and youth have the opportunity to explore and learn about God’s creation and intention for the world. They will be inspired to care for their world as they discover their responsibility toward both God and the planet. They will examine steps they can take in their everyday life to protect the environment while applying these principles to their Christian faith.

"My prayer, as each camp registration comes through, is that the camper will have the opportunity to encounter Christ in a mighty way during camp” said Suzanne Akins, Camp Director for Connectional Ministries. “There is something so unique and powerful about shutting down technology, looking eye to eye with people, sharing meals, laughing, playing and worshipping together day after day, night after night.”

Five “Go Green” camps are scheduled for the summer: two mid-high camps for rising sixth- through ninth grade students and three elementary camps for rising fourth through sixth grade students. Held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, the week-long camps run from June 8 through July 17.

Each morning at camp begins with a Morning Show, an interactive high-energy gathering with music, skits, and announcements for the day. From there, each team’s day is filled with swimming, marsh walks, trips to the beach, Bible studies, art, and indoor and outdoor games. Each evening a camp-wide activity brings out the best of competitions. Camp closes each night with a worship service of meaningful skits, powerful music, testimonies and relevant speakers.

College students who are committed to serving Christ through working with children and youth during the summer are the full-time camp counselors. Each staff member has been interviewed, passed a background check, and is supervised by Camp Director Suzanne Akins.

“I just love the encouragement we get from Acts 4:13, which says, ‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and they perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus,’” said head counselor Jacy Robertson. “We don't have to know every Bible verse, story, or song to do God’s work. God uses us even if we think we are just common people. With God we can do all things!”

Head counselor Geoffrey Harrison shared his excitement for a summer in ministry.

“I can’t wait to see God move in awesome ways through the camp, the team, and even myself, just like He has done time and time again in the past. With some old faces, and some excited new ones, this summer is going to truly be a unique and awe inspiring experience!”

For more information and to register, visit www.sgaumc.org/campconnect or call 888-266-7642.