10. A PLACE TO BELONG
Camp has many traditions. From silly songs to funny skits & more are part of the Pine Lake experience. This is a place for kids to fully delve into the culture of camp and belong to a cabin of peers.
9. POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
This generation needs young men and women to serve as role models as they develop. We hire mature, capable staff equipped with a Christ-centered worldview who care about and build relationships with each camper.
8. NO SCREENS
The electronic type. A week WITHOUT phones, tablets, or TV is possible. We’ve done it many, many times. Your child will not have much time to think about their phone during a programmed week of activities, games, crafts, nature, archery, etc.
7. DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS
Our world, especially young people, interact with one another through social media At camp, we interact and build intentional, face to face relationships with campers. It is imperative for children to learn how to communicate and express themselves in a positive manner, without the help of an emoji.
6. WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM
Campers participate in many activities where they function as a team. Whether on the ball field or low ropes course, cabin mates are growing closer together and learning qualities like communication, encouragement, & responsibility. All qualities that help a team function effectively.
5. DEVELOP A NEW SKILL
Camp is where you learn to throw a Frisbee on our disc golf course, shoot bow and arrow, build a campfire, or paddle a canoe all while having fun. These new skills can become lifelong passions.
4. EXPLORE NATURE
Some things are better learned OUTSIDE the classroom. One of those is nature. Whether learning how to identify trees or ways to care for our environment, campers can touch, feel, smell, see, hear, or even taste nature (Trees should taste gross by the way).
3. GROW MORE INDEPENDENT
Camp is the perfect place where children learn to manage his or her daily choices without parents and teachers but while in a safe environment of supportive summer staff and peers. Independence is the ultimate goal of childhood: we want to raise children to be able to live well on his or her own. Camp helps to aid in this process.
2. CREATE MEMORIES
I remember the name of each of my counselors from my 5 summers at camp. I learned how to kayak and made a ton of friends. Each year, I counted down the months & days until the next summer. Camp is where I made memories to last that will last my entire lifetime.
1. A LIFE CHANGED
Camp transforms people from the inside out. Each camper hears about the need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and is given an opportunity to respond. Even if a camper does not make a decision to follow Christ, the benefits of camp are great. Countless parents share with us about how their son or daughter came from camp different. They were more polite, willing to help out around the house, and spent the rest of the year singing songs while saying they can’t wait for next summer!!
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by Matt Graybill