Posts Tagged ‘Camps’

How To Use Camping Experiences In Religious Education

Post a Comment » Written on June 24th, 2013     
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It’s safe to say that summer is in full swing! This means that Summer Camp has begun for many – so I’m pretty sure your first few days have been very busy.

For most, summer camp conjures up images of hiking, fishing and canoeing in the great outdoors. Personally, I remember a few days before summer camp: I felt the excitement and anticipation of my new adventure waiting for me. I was a quiet, curious and inquisitive teen, and the chance to be out in nature and to experience all the outdoor activities camp had to offer propelled my enthusiasm. To hike the trails, smell the grass, do arts and crafts, and ride horses.

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CKC Water Project – Summer Camp 2013

Post a Comment » Written on April 29th, 2013     
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Summer is time for fun especially fun at the beach, pool and waterparks.  While our student’s enjoy this time of water, water, and more water. It is a great opportunity to turn all the water splashing into a time of awareness and perhaps participation in a water project.

In 2013, Covenant camps will have the opportunity to help provide clean water and access to better sanitation and hygiene in Gemena, located in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

A recent study of more than 4,000 households in the community found that less than 6 percent had access to clean water and sanitation facilities were almost non-existent. The community themselves, confirmed by this study, has identified that solving the clean water situation has to be the first intervention in this new Area Development Program. To that end, the community is pursuing a multi-tiered approach.

The Ledia Water project is a new initiative to bring clean water to all residents of the Ledia community, where the Covenant Kids Congo program is located. The aim of this project is to save lives and improve health, particularly among children, by reducing the prevalence of waterborne and water related diseases such as cholera and dysentery. This project represents a tangible opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for people in the Ledia community.

Will you come alongside our brothers and sisters in the Congo to extend this life-giving help? For less than $20 per person you can help provide clean water access for life.

For more information, please visit the CKC Camp project website.


“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

What then? – Part 1

By Dale Lusk

Mission trips are often a major part of the student development plan in many churches. I think that is great! I’m all for it.

Unfortunately, many of us as youth pastors might be missing out on what probably is the most important student development element of a mission trip. All of the preparation meetings are super important. The team building, ministry preparation, language learning, prayer, cultural sensitivity training, and more, are necessary and make the trip worthwhile for the hosts.

Of course the cross-cultural relationships built during the trip, as well as the serving, the learning, allowing God to utilize your student’s skills, putting others before yourself, etc. All are so important to the encouragement of the local ministries and enhancement of what they are doing in their communities.

And yes, the debriefing times during a trip are important, as students are wrestling with all of the input they receive each day during a trip that sometimes blows their minds. Then we often return home from a mission trip and quickly move on to the next thing thereby missing an incredible opportunity.

I remember the spring youth mission trips I ran when I was young. We spent months preparing for the trip, hours debriefing during the trip, but as soon as we got home all of my energy went into the next things I had planned (graduation events, summer planning, camps, etc.). This got me thinking – I totally missed out on a great opportunity.

With that being said:  What do you think?

Do we really think students (or anyone, for that matter) are truly able to grasp what they learned on a mission trip DURING the mission trip. Wouldn’t it make more sense to work through those issues more in depth AFTER the trip?

Thoughts on Ministry

3 comments Written on August 29th, 2011     
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Margo Banakis, DeerGrove Covenant, IL

I am home after nine weeks of eating, breathing, and sleeping ministry. Nine exhausting weeks that broke me, pushed me, and ultimately gave me new life. I didn’t go into my summer with very many expectations. After being away at college for a year I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what the world was about. I felt like an adult and secure in my own skin, ready to take on a few weeks of counseling at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp in Lake Geneva, WI. Having grown up going to camp and working on a camp kitchen crew I was fairly confident I knew what I was getting myself into. I was wrong. Continue Reading »

The Feast 2011

June 25-28, 2011 Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies, CO
We would like to have as many people as possible experience the Feast, a spiritual life experience for the whole intergenerational, multi- ethnic Covenant Family (
Consider this: we invest in things all the time. We invest in the latest technology, education, causes we believe in, relationships, learning and mastering new challenges. As a church we invest in our community, missions, compassion, mercy, and justice. We invest in discipleship by mentoring, teaching, and caring for others. We invest in the spiritual walks of children, youth and adults.

As a church, please consider investing in a child, a youth, a young adult, a couple, a young family or a retiree. Invest in their faith walk and encourage them in their journey by sending them to the Feast. The Feast is a unique opportunity to do life together and experience the best of who God has made us to be… and embody the Kingdom of God!

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New Executive Director for Covenant Point

Post a Comment » Written on June 6th, 2011     
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Friends, change and transition are part of our daily experience. Many times things happen and the resulting change is minimal. Other times the changes that take place are unexpected and a ripple effect on other aspects of our lives including  family, friends, and the future are impacted to where much must be adapted in order to take the next step.

Last November, Chuck Frasier passed away suddenly leaving many in shock and a vacancy in the leadership of Covenant Point Bible Camp where he had served as the Executive Director for 26 years. Upon his passing, the Harbor Point Ministries Board called together a search committee.

I’d like to share some great news with you! After months of seeking out who might be the next leader at Covenant Point, a candidate was unanimously approved by the search committee. Erik Strom, a youth ministry colleague of ours, has accepted the position of Executive Director for Covenant Point.

As the busy summer months are upon us and with a great deal of transition underway for many please pray for:

  • The Strom family (Erik, wife Courtney, and their three sons),
  • The Covenant Point family (those who work there year round and throughout the summer months, and those who have been and will be attending camps and retreats at Covenant Point this summer), as well as
  • The continued ministry of Winnetka Covenant Church (where Strom has served as youth Pastor since 2007)

For more information, contact Bob Olson (Chair, HPM Board) by phone: (847)571-5185 or

Continue reading for the email sent to those in the Central Conference earlier today.

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Take a HIKE!

Post a Comment » Written on May 23rd, 2011     
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At Covenant Heights Bible Camp in Estes Park, Colorado!

Check out this video to see the ministry you could help support by donating to one of these hikers!

Join us as we Take a HIKE to support the exciting ministry of Covenant Heights which changes kids’ lives forever. This event will happen rain or shine. The proceeds will be used to support the ministry of Covenant Heights which transforms the lives of youth, children, and guests through Christian camping in the Rockies.

Our Goal
Have at least 50 hikers collect a minimum of $200 in pledges from friends and family. That is only $20 from 10 friends. Then, come hike with us on June 11th and afterwards enjoy a BBQ dinner at the Heights.

If you prefer not to collect pledges, you may simply contribute the minimum donation and join the fun – kids 10 and under are free – but you are encouraged to include them in your efforts to raise pledges. You’d be surprised, kids really like this kind of thing and they are usually quite good at it!

JP’s Custom Caricature

Post a Comment » Written on May 23rd, 2011     
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Have you heard of JP’s Custom Caricature? For years our own Jeff Palmberg been creating group caricatures following each summer’s mission trip that he has given to the students as a reminder of the trip. He works to include jokes and memories from the trip and they’ve been a fun way to recall all that happened.

We’d like to suggest that this may be a great way to build team unity among your staff/summer staff. For only $20/person Jeff will create a full-color 11×17 caricature that you can frame as well as a digital file so that you can make copies for everyone!

Check out his Facebook page JP’s Custom Caricature for more samples of his work and additional info. Thank you for considering this idea or other ways he can create something for you!

I LOVE Camp!

1 Comment » Written on May 9th, 2011     
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If you are looking for missions opportunities for either a singular age group or an inter-generational endeavor, Covenant Mountain Mission (CMMBC) is a missions-based camp near Jonesville, Virginia, a “serene, secluded, mountain-top oasis, nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains”:

CMMBC relies on volunteer teams to come in and run each week of programming for the summer, as well as various facility projects throughout the year. They serve one of the poorest communities in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and never turn away a camper due to a lack of finances. It is a great opportunity for the development of servant leaders, programming gifts and more. They need this kind of help every year.

For any questions, contact Joe & Tammy Faulkinbury, resident managers: 276.346.1013

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Free Weekend at Camp!

Post a Comment » Written on April 18th, 2011     
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Alpine’s spring Give-A-Day weekend, May 13-15 is a free weekend at camp for individuals and groups willing to give at least six hours of labor on that Saturday. We had a youth group come to last fall’s G.A.D. and their leaders said that working alongside each other was just the thing to break down the walls between the students who come from differing schools and neighborhoods. It also helped Alpine get ready for the winter season. This spring’s will help us get ready for the summer season.

For a sample schedule, registration forms and project list, visit our website.  If you cannot find what you are looking for, let me know. We can also tailor the content of the schedule to your group’s needs.

This could be part of your summer mission-team training program!