What better way to get youth connected to the Creator than to put them in touch with His Creation?
And there are fewer places more excited about connecting young people with God through creation than modern Christian camps.
Today’s Kids Need Camp More Than Ever
Consider these startling statistics provided by the 800-member Christian Camp and Conference Association:
On average, kids spend 3.5 minutes in meaningful conversation with their parents each week. (www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html)
Kids age 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. (www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/problem.html)
Children play outside an average of four minutes a day.(www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/8010.pdf)
In contrast, a week at summer camp allows kids to “unplug” from technology, connect with a community, and get outside and be kids again.
Still not convinced?
Then check out the Christian Camp and Conference Association’s The Power of Camp, a comprehensive campaign to educate parents on the importance of sending their children to a Christian camp. The website is full of information and personal testimonies of how one week at a Christian summer camp can make a positive impact on a child’s life.
One of those testimonies is from Gregg Hunter, the CCCA’s Chief Executive Officer.
“I gave my life to Christ at summer camp,” says Hunter in a telephone interview from his Colorado Springs-based offices. “I was a struggling teenager when someone paid for me to go to a week of summer camp. It changed my life forever.”
Send a Kid to Camp
Touched by that act of generosity, Hunter’s organization has made it easy for anyone, anywhere to help send a child to camp.
Inspired by the passage in Leviticus that commands landowners to leave the “corners of the field” for the poor to glean, CCCA created Corners of the Field. Corners of the Field provides CCCA member camps with $125 scholarships for applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend camp. Donors can fund full or partial scholarships.
Hunter has set an ambitious goal: He wants CCCA to provide thousands of scholarships for needy youth this summer.
“We want all kids, regardless of whether they can afford camp or not, to be able to enjoy the summer camp experience,” says Hunter.
“All money donated goes directly to CCCA member camps for scholarship money. We don’t keep a percentage, and the camps agree to use the money directly for campers, not for capital improvements or other camp expenses.
Find a Camp
The Christian Camp and Conference Association website can also help parents find the appropriate camp for their children. Advanced searches can be made by state, by zip code, and by religious affiliation. Search parameters can also be set for the types of activities offered at the camp, camps accepting children with special needs, and camps that can accommodate groups.