Camp is Not God's Plan

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom (Isa 40:28).

 God has a plan.

 We are promised throughout the Bible that God is at work and his plan for salvation has been playing out since the beginning.  We are promised that Jesus is preparing a place for us and will come back to complete God’s plan, a plan which ends with all who believe now living with God forever.

 God has a plan.

 We are told that God started two institutions for the purpose of displaying God’s glory and sharing the Good News.  One is the family.  Look at what God’s instructions to parents are:

 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children (Deut 6:5-7).

 The second is the Church.  Started by Jesus, this is what he had to say about it:

 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Matt 16:18).

 The family and the Church - that is God’s plan for bringing his love, his mercy, his message to the world, to each generation, to each child.

 What you don’t see or read about in God’s plans are camps.  This has huge implications for me as I think about the role Camp Spofford plays in the lives of children.  As I mentioned in the last post on our blog, I believe Camp plays a unique and powerful role in the lives of children.  How do I reconcile what seems like a contradiction…Camp is a powerful experience, but the Church and family are God’s plan?

 Camp Spofford has a part to play, but it is not a primary part. Instead, we are ready to support the work that families and churches are called to do.  We are preparing to equip and encourage parents and church leaders as you work to introduce kids to Jesus and disciple them as they grow.

 This summer we will be providing some new ways to help parents engage with their child’s experience at Spofford.  Here are just a few things we plan on introducing this summer: 

  • Day campers will go home every day with a summary of what they did, what they learned and questions for parents to ask to help foster more discussion.

  • Overnight campers will go home at the end of the week with a letter to parents with what they did at Camp and what they learned about Jesus; we are also partnering with CCCA (Christian Camp and Conference Association) to send every camper home with a 30 day devotional they can do when they get home.

  • Children in Family Camp programs will have family devotionals that they can do with their parents during free time.

Mom and Dad, you have a unique and important role to play in the lives of your children, to impress your love for God on your children.  Camp cannot replace what you need to do, but we can help.

 And this summer, we intend to.

Dan Syvertsen

Executive Director