Seize the Opportunity | UMC YoungPeople
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June 2014

Seize the Opportunity

By Kelly Peterson-Cruse
Camping Ministry is the Ministry of the Church— It‘s that time of year again when summer provides the opportunity for your youth to participate in your Conference, District or Church’s summer camp program. With so many choices for your youth during the summer, one might ask “Why Sumer Camp? “ As I looked at different articles around this topic, I realized that the American Camp Association (ACA) provides research that shows that the camping experience results in outcomes that we desire in ministry as we build disciples. In our United Methodist camps spirituality and faith foundation is added into the camping experience and shapes the proven outcomes of: community, compassion, contribution, commitment and character. “For years, campers’ parents have reported that when their campers return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, and are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible”. Source: So as we look for opportunities for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, why not embrace an opportunity that have proven results in creating the desired outcomes of our ministry through a real, hands-on, experience in God’s creation.