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Christian Youth Camps: A Great Way to Connect with God

Christian Summer Camps: A Special Time

Camping, for many Christian kids, has played a very special part in their lives. Some of the best memories of growing up are made camping away from home, and many young people have drawn closer to God because a counselor or youth pastor spoke life-giving words and offered genuine friendship. 

If you've ever worked with kids, you know the power that getting them away from the stress of school and business can provide. It’s always amazing to watch how a young person can change within a week, if they unplug, and let their hearts connect with God.

Ideas for Finding the Right Facility

One way to find the camp that's right for your family is to ask friends and other parents for their recommendations and their own experiences.  People who have great summertime memories camping away from home love to tell their stories and even send their own children to the same place they loved as a kid.  Ask them why they loved it, and find out why their kids love it too.  Though websites and brochures are really helpful, getting first-hand recommendations from the people you trust can help you rest easier.

Another good way to choose the right organization is to check with your own church or churches in your community to find out what retreats they hold during the year. Many churches put on really fun and enriching events for children and teens, and since they are local, they usually use a campground that’s not too far away, or they provide the transportation to get campers there. Even the bus ride can be quite an adventure!

Research Before Choosing a Summer Camp

Finally, knowing that a Christian youth camp is accredited with a reputable association tells you they are committed to excellence by upholding standards above state licensing.  Search online for Christian camping associations to find camps in your area and to find out if the facility you are considering is affiliated. offers so many family-friendly options to choose from. Help your kids spend their next summer vacation communing with God while having the time of their lives.

About Mark Dubler: Mark Dubler has been a leader, host, and participant in camps and retreats for the last twenty years. He holds an M.A. in Educational Ministries from Wheaton College and is the Executive Director of Otyokwah Camp and Retreat Center, a Christian facility with a rich history of providing personal, life-changing experiences.

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