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Fond Memories Of Christian Camps

When my kids were little we took them to a Christian camp for a week. They also went to Christian camps on their own. Do you have any fond memories of Christian camps?

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I have so many memories of camp, not just as a camper, but as a counselor and director for several years. I strongly encourage parents to send their children to camp, it is a great opportunity! I am possibly looking for a career in camping, I even wrote my senior thesis on organized camping!
---Katie on 7/23/07

I went to a Christian camp as a kid and it was ok. However, God has led my wife and I to start a camp in our area. We have done one week camps the past two summers and it has been great. We are hoping to expand this summer and eventually do it full time. Our focus is really the counselors, though, which is a little different.
---Michael on 1/2/07

My mother was a great believer in camps. She sent me to a secular camp 1000 miles from home for 6 weeks every summer and to another closer to home for 2 weeks. I hated them both! But I spent 1 week at a Christian camp (not her idea), made great friends and found Jesus as Savior some 50 yrs. ago. That camp changed my life.
---Donna2277 on 10/4/06

Sheila ... Yes the Scouts or any youth organisation will attract the paedophiles. The Scouts and Guides in the UK have for half a centuryat least conducted strict enquiries about all volunteer leaders.
Sadly, even now, many of our churches resist, because they say that a Christian must be trusted.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 10/3/06

Kind of similar to the trouble in the boy scouts. You can throw rocks at me if you want to, but with God's help, we need to look out for our kids. All it takes is one time. I've seen some adults here that aren't over it yet.
---Shiela on 10/3/06

Not really fond ... went to camps run by national chain of Bible classes (won't give the name) Good activities, but each tent of 7 bays had an adult sleeping in it. He was paedophile.
Very difficult to get listened to about that. "Christian" leadership closed up in defensive circle round him. Boys made to feel guilty about complaining.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 10/1/06

Hi; when I was 17, my church paid for me to go to camp and it was such a blessing! Even more so, as it was during the trial of my brother's killer--so I didn't have to go and see him be aquitted. I got to be with my church family and grow in the Lord; what a blessing during such a rough time!
---Mary on 9/29/06

I was blessed by camp as a kid, I think beside all the spiritual things, the basic fact that I was around people besides my family, was something I needed. I met other kids and later : camper 9 years, counciler 3 years, cook 2 years, cleaning staff 1 year, then when my kids first started, I counciled again.
---Laure5469 on 8/3/05

I enjoyed my years at Jr & Sr High Youth camp immensely! At a time in my life when it seemed I was the only teen following God it was wonderful to come together with others who also were saved. I hope my children will get as much blessings from their experiences at camp as I did.
---patra on 7/25/05

HI Madison: My grandparents took me to summer camp. It was a rough hewn place with tiny wooden cabins and sawdust flooring for the big preachin' tent come evening. The fried chicken was scrumptuous, nature was glorious, the smells delightful, singing praises to God was heavenly and the love from being with our friends in Christ terrific. In retrospect the best part was experiencing souls being saved; I didn't know what that meant then, but I surely do now. How blessed are these memories!
---Elsie on 7/25/05

Went to same Bible camp ea. yr. from when I was baby till I was 17. Then took my son back to same camp when he was 4. I would not be who I am today if it where not for Bible camp. My son now attends teen Bible camp and we both try to attend Family camp.
I always felt closer to God in those weeks at camp.
---Marla on 7/25/05

It was one of my first weekends away from home. I just had to do every thing for myself. Was it fun - yes. We learned about the Lord, camp fires, respect,group living & taking turns sharing a work load.
Many years later, I would become a counsellor. Directing group living is different from learning it as a child. But the patience, cheerfulness & determination of my leader - teachers, came to memory.
---barbara67 on 7/25/05

I met the two people that impacted my teenage years the most thr first time I went to church camp when I was twelve. I have wonderful stories of worshipping God and sitting up all night in our cabins talking throughout the years I went to this camp. I hope my daughter can have a similar experience in her tumultous teenage years
---BeckyH on 7/25/05

I have very special memories of church camp when I was 14, so much that it still impacts my life today, more than 40 years later. My granddaughter had her first church camp experice last summer, and she loved it! Every child should have this wonderful opportunity.
---Nan on 7/25/05

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