Students and Parents,
We are excited to announce FAC’s first annual Summer Youth Camp from July 15-20 (Sunday-Friday) at the Doe River Gorge Ministries Camp. As we looked through the Youth’s summer calendar, we realized that the four major summer events (Beefhide VBS, Icthus volunteering, Toronto mission trip, C3/Winshape camp) were all focused in some way on serving, on pouring out. And while we want this to be part of the DNA of our discipleship model, we also recognize that pouring out must always come from a place of being filled up. With that, we decided that a summer camp would be the ideal way to invest in our students by designating a time and space for God to pour into them.
I’m sure that many of you reading this can recall your own experiences at Christian summer camps. Personally, the first time I remember ever having a true awareness of God’s presence was after a chapel service at a camp in northern Indiana, walking through the woods up to my cabin. There is something about being in the heart of God’s creation that enables us to see him more clearly, while being in the heart of human creations (e.g., TVs, computers, video games, facebook, myspace, blogs [ahem!], etc., etc. etc.) tends to do just the opposite. I guess this is because creations point back to their creators, and in our world of infomercials and Internet stores, highways and Happy Meals, Black Fridays and sky-scraping buildings, it is easy to forget about the One behind it all, the One of whom it is said, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and all who live in it; for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” (Ps. 24:1-2). Sometimes we need a hiatus from our techno-industrialized world to see the earth, the seas, and the rivers in their purest form, and all the better if we can do this in Christian community and with Christian teaching. The camp we are going to will be in a setting that points to God, with people who point to God, under teaching that points to God. I am certain that whoever is able to go will not leave unchanged. This will be an opportunity for some of our students to see God more clearly than they ever have! I truly cannot imagine a better summer investment for a high school student.
So if at all possible, I hope you will encourage your kids to come with us this summer to get, quite literally, unplugged from all life’s distractions. Please prayerfully consider!
I have put down a deposit for sixteen students–eight boys and eight girls–but as soon as we begin filling those spaces I will put down a deposit for more. So if you think your child will be able to come, please contact me as soon as you can (email@example.com). I am working out the cost right now. The original price was $529, but the camp has give us an $80 discount (so $449), and we do plan to subsidize the cost with some of our money from fundraisers. We hope to bring down the overall cost substantially. I will get back to you with the final cost as soon as I can. But please do not let money get in the way! If you cannot pay anything or can only pay some, we’ve got you covered! There is no shame in needing some financial help for something like this, especially in today’s economy. We recognize that!
Here is a promotional video from the Doe River Gorge Ministries website:
If you have any further questions about the camp, feel free to contact me directly by email or phone (email me and I’ll send you my phone#) and/or contact the camp itself. Thanks and I’ll keep you updated!