When I was growing up, we were fortunate to have Camp Back 40, run by Cleburne Baptist Association missionaries Dan and Billie Small. Not only was camp a lot of fun, but as I got older, I had the opportunity to help with programs and learn valuable leadership skills. I learned a lot about ministry at Camp Back 40, but perhaps the most important lesson I learned was that God gifts His people with a variety of skills and abilities and expects us to use them!
Summer camp is a place to learn and grow. One of the reasons is because camp takes us out of our normal routines, according to Elizabeth Cook, recreation manager at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega.
“Camp is an opportunity for campers to learn a little bit about themselves. It’s a time for campers to get out of their normal routine and away from the distractions of the world for a few days and have a time of reflection and growth.”
As a parent, I am frustrated daily by the demands and distractions of life, and I am always looking for ways to unplug and connect with my children and their friends. However, sometimes my kids need distance from me and guidance from others who can provide a different perspective. That's why my kids will be going to summer camp this year.
What about your kids? Alabama families have lots of great options for summer camp and some are mentioned in my article, Summer Camp an Opportunity for Physical, Spiritual Growth. There is plenty of time to sign your kids up for camp at WorldSong Missions Place, Shocco, or one of the many boys' camp locations around the state. Or search online for local day camps sponsored by churches, YMCAs, 4-H or other organizations.
The most important things is to find a camp that fits your kids' needs and sign them up -- you'll be creating memories and decisions that will last a lifetime!
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