Preview: 2024 Week 5

By Chad Hershberger

During this week, our staff will all be out at off-site camps, held in conjunction with local congregations. Off-Site Camp brings outdoor ministry to your church’s backyard, introducing children to camp in their surroundings.

 

Partnership Between Camp and Congregation

Camp staff bring expertise, comprehensive programing, and energy. Congregation volunteers bring gifts and add to the needs of planning and implementing. High school volunteers can be mentored as they serve alongside camp staff. The congregation provides space, program support, and long-term relationships. Camp and congregational leaders communicate before, during, and after camp.

 

Trained Summer Camp Staff

Our staff are program experts trained to lead interactive songs, novel activities, specialized curriculum, and ensure safety. They are role models exhibiting lives of Christian discipleship. The are trained in early childhood education offering age-appropriate programs and camper interaction. And they’re always on! Important ministry happens in host homes, evening meals, and community outings.

 

Interactive Programs

The program has high energy, keeping kids active and engaged. It is participatory, designed for kinesthetic learning. It is integrated, everything fits the theme. It’s contextual, using the outdoor spaces and other resources available.

 

Cultivating Faith Formation

Camp is supplemental more than transformational. It reinforces faith in the home and congregation. Some outcomes we seek:

  • Increased congregational engagement.
  • Kids more excited and engaged in church.
  • More faith conversations in the home.

 

Pouring Into Campers and Staff

Campers receive affirmation and encouragement, learn new skills, and step out of their comfort zone. Parents have peace of mind, knowing their kids are safe, active, and learning about God’s love. Camp staff grow in personal faith and more deeply understand the importance of congregational ministry. Volunteers become more involved in ministry and build relationships with the children.

 

Opening a Doorway to Engagement in Both Congregation and Camp

Off-site camp is an outreach ministry. A congregation can serve its community and work ecumenically. Off-site camp is a powerful reflection of Christ’s ministry of travel and discipleship. One key goal is to serve as a doorway to primary faith formation spaces, especially congregational ministry and overnight camp.

  • New families try out church and stay involved.
  • New kids try out overnight camp.
  • Camp staff become ambassadors for both camp and for their faith.

This year we will be running off-site camps at seven different locations!