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I recently read a quote by Dr. Richard Ross, nationally known professor of youth ministry. He said this about camp sponsors, “A layman goes to work all year, looking forward to days off. When they arrive, he spends a week inhaling the aroma of a middle school guys’ cabin, approaching heat stroke on a sport’s field, and eating carcinogenic camp food. God bless him.”
I agree with Dr. Ross. God bless the folks who have taken time off this summer to go to camp as a sponsor. They are offering a tremendous service to the local church, to children who need the gospel message and to the future of the church. 2018 will mark my thirty-sixth year to attend either a youth or children’s camp. It just so happens that this year I will be involved in two different camps: Super Summer and Children’s Camp. Super Summer is for teenagers who feel called to ministry. Through the years I’ve taken a number of students to this camp and the investment has paid off. Currently there are 7 adult teachers and countless sponsors who attended this camp with me and are now part of the camp staff. These new leaders are carrying on the traditions of leading out and directing a camp.
I firmly believe that taking kids to camp is an investment in the future. I’ve observed at least six benefits from time spent at camp:
For these reasons and many more, I want to say thank you to those who have committed to invest in the future by caring for kids at camp. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed by campers, other adults or by God. Continue to take time off in the summer to care for students. Remember that we are God’s co-laborers.