Resource Center: A week at Piedmont Camp 2017
Last week, I had the privilege of taking part in Piedmont Camp 2017 in Blowing Rock, N.C. This particular campground holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I spent vacations there with my grandparents climbing rocks and looking for chipmunks. As a preteen, I spent my first week away from my parents as a G.A. camper. As a teen, I took on leadership roles for the very first time counseling young girls, leading devotions and planning camp activities. As an adult, it’s there where I met my husband and as a mom, it’s where I took my kids to camp for the very first time.
While serving at Piedmont Camp, I was reminded of the value of the camping ministry. It is something to be treasured and something that deserves great attention. Our denomination is blessed with campgrounds across the United States. It is at these campgrounds where kids can hopefully find respite, Christian friends, biblical teaching and life-changing hope. As an added bonus, they become more closely tied with our denomination as they build relationships across region and state borders.
Last week, I spent my time training the CITs (Counselors In Training) for their week of service. Our classes focused on CIT purpose, CIT do’s and don’ts, role playing scenarios, how to foster counselor/camper connections, gospel presentation strategies, safety policy and Bible study techniques. While I wish we had more time together, I think the content we covered was valuable. I believe the more we pour into our future leaders, the greater the positive impact on our camps and local churches. Our time together also reminded me of what’s at stake with our young people. We must be careful to do our best as we strive to disciple our next generation- in and outside of camp.
Hebrews 2:1 reminds us that our young people are in a constant state of “drift[ing] away.” I believe that camp is one of the tools that can be used to sure up the tether that holds them fast to Jesus Christ. It is a high calling, a worthy calling – one I do not take lightly. Camp is both a lot of fun and also a major opportunity. What other place can a child find a week of rest from digital devices, dysfunctional families and high-pressure academics? May we use this rare opportunity to preach the gospel and uphold standards of excellence so that the next generation will follow the Lord and make known his great name.
I would love to speak with you further about your kid’s ministry training needs. If you have any questions about services offered by the Department of Student & Family Ministries, you can contact me at 1-800-676-0694 x. 242 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Larkin at x. 240 or email@example.com.