Keeping the Day Camp Experience Alive Year Round

Aug 18, 2015 | 0 comments

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Camp Hope is one of LEAD’s Best Practices. It’s about equipping, encouraging, and empowering youth from your congregation to run a three week summer day camp for your church and neighborhood. This summer’s Camp Hope theme was Camp Hope Rodeo- The Ride of Your Life! and what a ride it was. We saw so many amazing things and watched God impact the lives of everyone involved. Listen to a couple of stories.

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A teenager was reluctant to be part of Camp Hope staff because she’s more of an introvert and doesn’t hang out with the church kids much. Her mom said she had never been very interested in working with kids. We asked her to come towards the end of Camp Hope because we were short on staff, and she had a great time. She went home after camp and told mom and dad “After working with the kids at Camp Hope, I think I want to be a teacher.
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Since 7th grade, I haven’t missed a single summer of Camp Hope. I also befriended a girl whom I went to school with since 4th grade, but had never really gotten to know. And now she is my very best friend. Camp Hope has impacted my life in multiple ways that I will be forever grateful for. I am so blessed to be in a position that helps grow faith, creates friendships and everlasting memories.
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After 16 years, I’m blessed to have had the finale that I did. I can attribute so much of my own personal growth to Camp Hope where such amazing and faithful people have always surrounded me. To say that I’ll miss it is an incredible understatement, but I’d like to think I’ve made an impact on an institution that’s had such an impact on me. I was a Kinsmen Camp Hope Staffer and there’s nothing I’d rather be.
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These are just a few of the stories that we’ve heard about how Camp Hope continues to be used by God to change lives. This past year we had 20 Camp Hopes and almost 2,500 campers and we look forward to even more in 2016!!! This is a truly amazing ministry.

Have you been searching for ways to reach out into your neighborhood? This past summer, an average of 50-60% of campers were non-church members! Camp Hope is a great way to make an impact.

If this can happen over the summer, just imagine what God can do throughout the school year.

How are you using your youth as leaders during the school year?

How are you reaching out into the neighborhood in order to learn, serve and grow in faith together?

We’d love to hear your stories! Comment on our Facebook page and share your stories.

Check out the Camp Hope website to learn more. We are always looking for new ways to grow young leaders.

This school year we are going to pilot a Sunday morning Camp Hope as well as daily text message encouragements. If you have suggestions or would like to partner together in growing young leaders or reaching out into your neighborhood, let us know!!

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