The camp experience can be a rewarding and lifelong memory that will help children to become the people God designed them to be. Fostering independence, building character, and developing social skills are a few traits campers will experience as they are pushed out of their comfort zones to try new things. There are many camp options to choose from that focus on different elements and range from activities to growing in Scripture knowledge in a wide array of locations. In addition to the advertisements throughout this issue, here are a few options:
Share love day and night:
New Life Camp is located in Raleigh, N.C. (https://www.newlifecamp.com/contact-us/). It was established in 1950. The staff has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with children, and the camp has both day and overnight options. A few activities they offer are archery, swimming and a ball field. Campers are also encouraged to complete Bible lessons throughout the year to qualify for a discount at registration.
Camp Walter Johnson was opened by the Salvation Army in 1974. Its mission is to help kids thrive through exploring boundaries and getting in touch with what it means to be created in God’s image. They have a high-ropes course, a waterfront and a ball field for kids to enjoy. (https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/programs/nurture/summer-camp)
Teens come together:
Windy Gap, located in Weaverville, is a camp that brings high school students together from around the country. It presents the Gospel of Jesus in a way they can understand. One camper’s memory posted on Windy Gap’s website is “I learned that I needed to let go of my fears and trust Christ.” Some of the camp’s activities include disc golf, horseback riding and swimming as well as a zip line. (https://windygap.younglife.org)
Get back to nature:
Mountain Top Youth Camp (MTYC) is another camp that is reaching campers with a message to win them to Christ. They are located on 199 wooded acres near Pinnacle, N.C. A favorite for campers that they offer is rock climbing. (http://mountaintopyouthcamp.org/about)
Fun for the family:
Asbury Hills located in Cleveland, S.C., has a mission to serve all people through spiritual birth, growth and renewal. They will be having an open house April 9, and they offer different types of camps, including Family Camp, which allows the whole family to enjoy the experience together. (http://asburyhills.org/about-us)
Camp Agape is located in Benton, Tenn. (http://campagape.net). It has several ways to camp and learn more of God’s selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. One camp experience includes the opportunity to participate in community-based mission work. A testimonial about the camp experience posted on the camp’s website says, “I just wanted to express my gratitude to you. You all made our youth retreat a success. … I appreciate all you do for God’s kingdom. The students loved the site and wished we could stay longer. We look forward to returning next year.”
Just the girls:
Camp Glen Arden for Girls is located in Zirconia, N.C. (https://www.campglenarden.com). It is the sister camp to Camp Arrowhead for Boys. Established in 1951, it was originally located in Arden, N.C. They focus on developing well-rounded individuals while they help campers to develop spiritually inspired, noble, well-lived lives.