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Remembering Youth Camp

I had the opportunity to visit our students at youth camp last week.  My wife and I showed up on Wednesday.  This time, however, I wasn't the youth pastor and I wasn't responsible for anything.  It was nice.  I also came with the perspective of a parent with two students in our youth ministry.

The location was nice, but what truly struck me was the spirit of the camp, or should I say the Spirit of the camp.  I was taken back to my days leading students to camp.  Our students attended Global Youth Camp, which is the same camp I led students to for a number of years.  Roger Glidewell (the founder of Global) was teaching and immediately I had this sense of deja vu.  It was as if it was back in 1998, 1999 or 2000 all over again. 

I had forgotten the power of the camp experience. 

I used to tell parents of students who were not getting too involved in youth ministry to send their children to camp.  I remember why now.  Removed from the distractions of everyday life and surrounded by adults and other students seeking an encounter with God is life-changing.

I look around our church and beyond (through Facebook and other means) and see students (who are now adults with kids of their own) who had life-changing experiences with God, their friends and even their family through the youth camp experience.  So, once again I urge parents to send your students to camp.  It'll be a year before our teenagers go to camp again, but other opportunities are coming up such as mission trips and our D-Now this fall.  Don't get so busy and convince yourselves it's just another youth event.  These are divine appointments.  Don't miss them.