Camp catalogs are out and it’s time to start thinking about summer plans and making choices about what to do and not. The competition for time in the lives of young people is unbelievable. So many youth and children have to choose to be a part of so many different things and select what’s important at an ever younger age. I remember back in the day (insert Deke you are old joke here!) when there were sports camps that coaches suggested, but it was our choice. I chose to go to track & basketball camps. I enjoyed them and loved meeting the coaches that were there and had fun learning more. They improved me as an individual but I am still trying to figure how much they impacted who I am today.
I can’t believe the pressure to do things like this now. It’s almost a go or you won’t play kind of situation in some AAU and schools. The pressure seems to be ever growing on young people to specialize and focus on things at an even younger age than ever before. This transition has been something that has impacted us in church camping and it makes me sad. Families fell they have to choose between the sports, band or drama camps and sending kids to Wesley Woods because of the financial costs of multiple experiences and time issues.
If you are in this situation please don’t let financial concerns keep you from sending your young people to church camp. There are so many stories about the positive impact an experience at church camp can have on the life of a young person. As I interview young people to be on staff this summer so many of them identify the “change of pace and place” impact that camp had on them. They had strong foundations in their faith and local congregations that encouraged them to grow, but they found in coming to Wesley Woods a chance to evaluate priorities and to grow faithfully in a different way.
If you want suggestions on how to raise funds to pay for a Wesley Woods experience, assistance in obtaining a scholarship or help with selecting an event call, email or stop by!
Invest today in the future faith of your children and grandchildren. We believe in sharing with young people the
presence of God’s love all around them. We share the stories from the bible and our personal faith journeys as we encourage young people to ask themselves what they think and discover more about who God has created them to be.
If you or your young person have been coming to camp and been touched by it share your story here as a comment, host a camp informational party in your home or ask to leave a couple of catalogs at the local dentist or doctors office. We live in a world that could be a lot better if there was just a little more love and forgiveness in it. Help us to share God’s love with the world by sending kids to camp and telling your friends about the difference an experience can make!