You may be thinking, “Why should I spend my summer serving at a camp? Isn’t it just glorified babysitting? Don’t you spend all day playing games?” Well, here are some of the reasons why I believe camp is valuable.
Camp is more than just fun — it’s ministry. While we do have a blast, we don’t bring campers out just to swim, play games, and throw oatmeal at their counselors. The goal of camp is for each camper to personally encounter Christ while they’re here. As a counselor, you will share the gospel with your words and with your actions. Whether it’s getting seconds at lunch for a camper or having a conversation about why God loves her, you get to be Jesus to dozens of children.
In addition, you will work with campers from multiple demographics. They come from all across the Cincinnati area. Many come from broken homes and are living below the poverty line. As you build relationships with them throughout the week and learn about what they’re facing, your heart will begin to break for them.
We have been called to live our faith out and do what the Word says. According to the book of James, we are to care for the orphans and widows. Most of the boys at camp have never had a father or any male role model in their life. (Men, this is why we need you.)
I’ve talked to campers who have said King’s Domain is the only place where they have ever felt welcomed and loved. Camp is so much more than a week of fun. It changes lives for eternity. I have witnessed and been a part of this life change, and it’s amazing to see how much God can do with willing hearts.
Believe it or not, camp isn’t about only the kids — it’s about you, too. I guarantee spending a week in a cabin with ten campers will bring you closer to the Lord. You will be tired, you won’t get much alone time, and you will be constantly taking care of others’ needs. It will be difficult, and it is impossible apart from the Lord.
You will be forced to learn how to depend on Him for your strength. You’ll also come to know that the fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, and patience can come only when you are abiding in Christ. In John 15:5, Jesus says:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Being a counselor isn’t glamorous, but it will force you to be real with God and with the people around you. I know from firsthand experience.
It is amazing what you can learn when you take the time to stop and look at life through a child’s perspective. In Mark 10:15, Jesus says:
“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
As a counselor, you will teach biblical concepts to campers and have the joy of watching them understand for the first time. As they learn from you, you will learn from them. They have good questions, rarely have filters, and model well how to approach God without pretense.
Camp is about more than making crafts and eating carbs.
I envision you impacting a life forever as a child understands the gospel for the first time and you learning to do life with God, abiding with Him moment by moment. I see a chance for you and your campers to encounter Jesus like never before.
That’s why I believe in camp ministry.
Read how students describe the impact of camp on their lives. It’s incredible!