Christian summer camps provide a fun setting where Christian children spend time with other kids of the same faith. While at a camp, kids commonly participate in a combination of fun and religious activities. Here are some of the things your child may do if they go to one of these camps.
Many Christian camps begin each day with a devotional. This is typically a short period during which scripture is read, a comment is given on the scripture reading, and the leader prays. The purpose of a morning devotional is to set the tone for the day.
Bible study is a period of more in-depth scripture study, and it's typically done in smaller groups so that kids can comment and ask questions. Most camps give leaders a curriculum to guide the group through so that children all receive a similar and sound education.
Praise times primarily feature music, although a scripture reading and prayer can also be incorporated. The music played usually has vocals and is Christian in nature. Kids can sing along if they know the songs (many do), and Christian lyrics provide further instruction in the faith.
Prayer groups meet with the express purpose of praying for one another's concerns. Concerns can be personal (e.g. family situations, individual growth), but they can also include larger issues that kids care about. Participants may pray for the camp, their churches, their communities, the world, or almost anything else.
Free time gives kids an opportunity to relax with their camp friends and participate in their favorite activities. Kids might use this time to play games, hang out, and revisit favorite locations within the camp, but sometimes they also form informal Bible studies or prayer times.
Many Christian camps are located in semi-remote areas that provide opportunities for exploration. One of the mainstays of camps is exploring the surrounding nature by hiking.
Hikes frequently vary in length and elevation change, ensuring that all kids in attendance can participate in a hike that's suited for their abilities and physical condition.
Many Christian camps are located on lakes and rivers, and water activities can have a large place in kids' activity choices. One of the most common water activities is tubing, where kids are towed behind a powerboat on an innertube. This is a favorite because it requires no specialized skill yet is thrilling.
Contact an organization like Victory Church to learn more.