Confirmation Summer Camp 2015 registration is due November 15, 2014! See below for more information.
Why go to camp? This is the best youth ministry program of the church. It is a week away from home, sometimes the first time for many of the students, so it is a real step in maturity and growth, an important stage of life. There is no place in the church or society that you get a week like this. You learn about Christian community, you experience Jesus Christ, and you study the Bible. In a unique way you learn what it means to serve, as each camper participates in community life, worship planning, campfire building, cooking, dishes, and camp duties. You live in cabin groups for the week with a trained college-aged camp counselor who just happens to be the best faith mentor that the youth of our church can find. I mean they have decided to spend the summer doing the Lord’s work, often times giving up well-paying jobs so they can live and breathe camp, work with our youth and follow the path of service and mission and ministry in Jesus’ name. You can’t beat it.
As campers you get to do all kinds of adventurous things. You will also get to participate in invigorating games of eliminator on the volleyball court, or just hang near the canteen, learn songs, or tie friendships bracelets. On one night you may even play Alpha Wolf. At camp we follow the camp’s Bible study for the week. There are usually campers from around the 4-5 state area as well so our youth meet other youth from other churches. This is cool. Often times they are texting each other before they even get to the first town on the day that we leave camp. Some of these camper and counselor relationships have lasted a lifetime and even fostered calls into the full-time ministry like with us pastors and youth ministers.
We highly recommend that students go to camp following their 7th grade year, as in the summer of 8th grade year it is the Kasson-Mantorville school-sponsored class trip to Washington, DC. We ask students to attend at least one week of camp during their 7th and 8th grade years of confirmation.
Before camp, on our adventure, we will usually leave early enough before camp starts so that we can do some site seeing and explore the area before camp starts, get aquatinted a little better, and share in some spiritual enrichment and faith growth time as a group.
Now doesn’t this sound like something that you just can’t pass up? More information will follow. We will need parents to volunteer to either lend their larger Suburban- or minivan-sized vehicles for us to drive in order to save money or volunteer to drive out and spend the week with us.
Approximate Dates for camps:
- Outlaw Ranch Class Trip, Black Hills of SD, Leave Friday, June 19 and return Friday, June 26.
- Good Earth Camp, Spring Valley (SE), MN – parents take kids down and pick up, Sunday, June 14– Friday, June 19
We will also host Fundraisers once we have commitments as to who is going to camp.
Scholarships are available.
What do you do now?” Register! Register today! Don’t delay! We need to have you pay the upfront deposit first to commit to going. And then we will work with you in order to raise the remainder of the funds. As a last resort, through the pastors of the church, if help is still needed, the camp always extends half fee scholarships to families in need. Registration is due by November 15, 2014. Fill this form out and attach your $150 deposit. Make the check out to “St. John’s Lutheran.” If it makes it easier, you can write in your charge card info and the camp can charge your deposit to you account.
Hoping you can be a part of this trip! Excited for summer 2015, Pastor Randy, and the St. John’s CYF Team