Summer is in full swing and with that comes all of the usual suspects for those of us in children’s ministry.
The most beloved besides VBS is summer camp!
As a teenager I loved going to summer camp; however, when I moved into children’s ministry and I dreaded it.
Personally I had never been to a summer camp as a kid.
Not to mention the fact that parents were trusting me to drive their children across the state and away from home for more than 3 days.
I ventured into the unknown world of summer camp and what I discovered was summer camp created an opportunity for my kids to deepen their relationships with God. Summer camp also provided extra opportunities for me to get know my kids on a personal level.
It also helped that there was a plethora of activities like go-karts, bumper cars, zip lines, horse-back riding, and the most important JUNK FOOD!
After my first time at summer camp I have become one of its biggest fans.
One of my favorite memories is when I had a group of about 12 boys in my cabin and they discovered their socks would stick to the wall.
They did what you imagined any group of boys would do they. All of the boys proceeded to unload their suitcases and stick EVERYTHING to the wall.
So if you were like me and this is your first summer as a children’s pastor and thinking about summer camp, GO FOR IT!
What are some of your favorite memories from summer camp?