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Subject: Re: Kingdom camp for teens

Andy Hurst
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Date Posted: 16:15:59 03/03/09 Tue
In reply to: Tom Fuller 's message, "Kingdom camp for teens" on 08:41:47 03/02/09 Mon

>Several of us have a vision of holding a new camp for
>teenagers at Sacramento Methodist Assembly, in New
>Mexico, in which we teach high school-aged kids
>Kingdom values and principles, ethics, morality, why
>Scripture is right--basic Christianity clearly
>communicated in language and by people teenagers
>understand. I want to offer something where kids are
>clearly taught values--choices and consequences, why
>the Bible is eternally right, logical reasons why
>Christianity is simply the way we are supposed to
>live, etc. We can bring in speakers and musicians who
>are great communicators with youth. This would be a
>privately-sponsored camp to which we invite kids from
>everywhere. It would not conflict nor be in
>competition with any other camps. Hopefully it will
>encourage kids to get involved in camping.
>What do you think?

Tom and all,

Praise God for all that He has done and is doing in and through camping in Northwest Texas. We bring 60 to 70 folks to One Way camp each summer because of these camps Christ-centered, biblically based, open to the Holy Spirit approach.

I heartily affirm your idea to offer a new adventure of Christ-centered spiritual formation. I think I would guard against any language that makes it sound as if the current camps are not accomplishing a similar purpose. I think the distinctive that you are talking about is very similar to what Focus on the Family is doing in its world view weekends for adults. I agree with you that there is a need for such training and preparation as students head toward college or adulthood or just head toward their next year in high school or even just toward another year of living in our culture. Way back in the day, Steve Moore and others tried to do some theological leveling for kids at camp. It was fairly difficult to actually pull it off. My hunch would be that a clearly articulated mission statement and gameplan for the new camp would draw/attract a certain profile of student that understood both the need and the call to go deeper in their faith.

Your brother in Christ, Andy

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