New Camp Ministry Committee:
UPDATED CORE VALUES
You can trust that the new Camp Ministry Committee is working hard to provide leadership and structure for regional camp ministries that is welcoming, safe, fun, and spiritually edifying for Christians throughout the PSWR. For those who have been involved over the years, you already know that this is an important part of what makes camp so special. For those Pastors, Churches, and young people who haven't been to camp, we want you to know that we are dedicated to strengthen Christian faith in young lives and are working hard to do this in ways that honor the amazing diversity of our Church.
God is doing incredible things for camp ministry in our region, and we are excited by the work being done. In October 2018, the Camp Ministry Committee agreed on a set of new CORE VALUES for its ministry and service. We considered the importance of focusing on the ministry and life of Jesus Christ. We remembered the important tenet we all share as Disciples of Christ to include the entirety of God's family in the work that we do. We remembered that in order to have deeper relationships and trust, we must be willing to communicate and invest in the ministries of the local church by fulfilling the promise to provide safe, fun, and meaningful programming. We all want campers to feel God's love wherever they go! These new CORE VALUES demonstrate our commitment to serve the Regional Church to the best of our ability, and we look forward to the opportunity to live into them well. As an official regional committee, commission by the regional board to serve meaningful and appropriate programming for all regional camp ministries, the Camp Ministry Committee has prayerfully considered and agreed upon the following CORE VALUES:
1) We make decisions based on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
2) We highly value the engagement of all regional communities
3) We focus on building relationships and having open communication with all Churches and Units of the PSWR
4) We prioritize the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of all participants
5) We ensure Volunteer Preparedness by providing top-notch training and a deeper meaning to the service provided
If you feel that God might be calling you to join the work we are doing as a member of the Camp Ministry Committee, please contact Co-Chairs, Ian Pollard and Janette Jara - firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can build bridges that connect young people with God and one another through Christ.
Our Summer Camp Program Needs YOU!
The Camp Ministry Committee is so excited for summer camp and we are currently looking for Volunteers!
Whether you are returning as a volunteer or you’ve never been to Camp, The Camp Ministry Committee wants to prepare you to serve well by providing top notch volunteer training. Our Camp Leadership Training will take place on Saturday, June 8th, 9 am - 5 pm at Loch Leven Camp and Conference Center with guest camp expert, Jim Cain. We will cover the Camp basics as well as empower you with the tools and resources to be prepared for camp in a leadership role. (Download the event flyer here.) All 2019 summer camp volunteers are required to attend this training day. REGISTER HERE FOR THE TRAINING.
If you are interested in any of the Volunteer positions (Director, Chaplain, Keynote, Counselor, Musician, Health Care Manager, Loch Leven Programming, etc), for this year or even next winter or next summer, please take 5 minutes to fill in this application. If you know someone who has Camp or Educator experience, please send this link to them!
Camp Leadership Application: http://bit.ly/CampLeadershipApp
For those who have never been a part of volunteer Camp Staff, here are some benefits of coming to Camp!
-By gaining first hand experience at camp, volunteers will foster the leadership skills that companies and other organizations are looking for. For example working as part of a team, problem solving, building communication skills, and demonstrating a strong work ethic.
-Letters of recommendation by camp directors/leaders are sure to provide specific examples of skills that will be valued by prospective employers and/or universities.
-In addition to creating vast numbers of alumni over decades, camps draw employees and leaders from across the country and around the world, making them a great networking opportunity for connections beyond the boundaries of camp.
-Camp often provides a global experience without the expense of long-distance travel; it is not uncommon for Campers and Staff to be from a variety of places and cultural perspectives from around the US and World.
-You get to keep any additional training you may acquire (like CPR, First Aid, and activity specialist certifications) that may also help you land a job at home or school working in a wide range of settings.
The Camp Ministry Committee is looking forward to your participation this summer! If you have any questions, please email us directly at: email@example.com
-Camp Ministry Committee
2019 SUMMER CAMP DATES
June 23 - 29 CYF 2 Entering grades 11 & 12, and graduated seniors
June 23 - 26 *Mini Camp Entering grades 1 - 3
June 30 - July 6 Chi Rho Entering grades 6 - 8
July 7 - July 13 CYF1 Entering grades 9 & 10
July 14 - July 20 Junior Camp Entering grades 4 & 5
July 17 - 19 *Wee Camp Ages 4-6 (Child attends with parent)
*Note that Mini Camp and Wee Camp will take place the same week as another camp.
The Deadlines for Summer Camp registration are as follows:
June 14 Chi Rho
June 21 CYF I
June 28 Junior and Wee
SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS UPDATE
We have dreamed of achieving a level of sustainability in camp ministry that would allow all campers to attend camp at a very low cost. The PSWR and so many individuals have been tremendously generous in helping move us closer to achieving this dream. However, as expected, the operational costs of camp continue to rise each year. Likewise, the need for scholarship monies also increases as more folks attend camp.
To move us closer to our goal to provide support for all campers who need help, Loch Leven has absorbed the cost of much of our summer camp operations, spreading the financial assistance to all who attend summer camp. This year, instead of inviting folks to fill out a scholarship application, Loch Leven is inviting each registrant to pay the amount that best meets your financial situation. This means no additional paperwork is needed to receive a scholarship. Simply register online for camp through CampDoc and select the payment option that best suits your family.
We hope that simplifying the scholarship process will help us all engage mindful stewardship, working together to honor those who truly cannot afford camp. We ask that as you select your payment options during registration that you will give prayerful consideration to the impact you can make in the lives of other young campers.
Without a doubt, Summer Camp is one of the most valuable ministries we all provide young people in our region. We are proud to be able to partner with you in securing the future of camp ministry through your contributions, whatever the amount may be.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10
To donate to our camp scholarships fund, click here and indicate “Camp Scholarships” in the comment section.