Summer camps offer fun, faith for elementary and middle-school students
With campers set to arrive very soon, planning and preparation for the South Georgia Conference Summer Camps programs are well under way, says Camp Director Rev. Adam Ricker.
The theme of this year’s camps is “Grow,” based on the parable of the sower, found in Mark 4:1-8.
“The whole experience is going to be geared towards what it means to grow in Christ,” Rev. Ricker said. “We’re trying to help the kids understand that the Gospel is the seed that’s being scattered, and that if they will cultivate the soil in their lives to be that good soil then the Gospel will grow in them and their lives will produce fruit.”
Spending a week at camp away from the familiar routine of home helps children and youth experience God in a fresh, new way, he said.
“I think it has to do with removing the familiar and the distractions that keep us from noticing what God is trying to show us in our everyday life,” Rev. Ricker said. “By providing them with this environment at camp we’re able to remove some of those natural barriers to experiencing God in fresh ways.”
Held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, the 2011 Summer Camps are divided into two age categories. Mid-high camps, for those entering the sixth through ninth grades, will be offered in two sessions, June 13-17 and June 20-24. Elementary camps, for those entering fourth through sixth grades, will be offered three times this summer: June 27-July 1, July 11-15, and July 18-22. Parents of rising sixth graders can choose which age-level camp – elementary or mid-high – they want their child to attend.
During their week at camp, campers will learn about faith and trusting in God, surrounding themselves with people who will help them grow in their faith, and finding ways to help others and serve.
They’ll learn these things from the Leadership Team, a group of 15 college students from across Georgia and around the Southeast. Hailing from the University of Georgia, Berry College, Mercer University, the University of West Georgia and others, the Leadership Team is a carefully selected group of Christian men and women who will give campers an example of a young adult who is seeking a relationship with God and growing in that relationship.
They will also help provide campers an environment where they will be able to experience God’s presence in a real and tangible way through worship, Bible studies, and small-group devotional time.
Camp is a fun experience, too. Campers will enjoy the beach, the pool, crafts, games, morning shows, and a special outing – bowling for elementary campers and a trip to Summer Waves Water Park for middle school campers.
“Camp is a fun, safe environment where they can be with old friends and meet new friends,” Rev. Ricker said. “The byproduct of the fun is that they grow in their relationship with God.”
2011 Summer Camps
Mid-High Mania 1: June 13-17
Mid-High Mania 2: June 20-24
Epworth By The Sea
For those entering 6th – 9th grades
Elementary Camp 1: June 27 – July 1
Elementary Camp 2: July 11-15
Elementary Camp 3: July 18-22
Epworth By The Sea
For those entering 4th - 6th grades
All camps are sponsored by the Office of Connectional Ministries.