The Christian camp experience can be one of the most powerful, life-changing events in a kid’s life. For decades, kids have waved goodbye to their families and familiar surroundings to head out on this adventure called Summer Camp.
The Hopewell Summer Camps minister to kids at Tel Hai Camp and Retreat in Honey Brook, PA, and has been since 1986. Over the years, kids and staff have sprawled out on the 100 acres of woods and fields competing in large- group games, taking nature hunts, riding horses, playing in the pool, and fishing in the lake. Other activities include an indoor rock climbing wall, challenge course, zip line, various sports, ceramics class, and the dodge ball pit!
While the location and activities are superb, it’s not the activities that make camp great for kids. Hopewell Summer Camps is very intentional in leading kids between second and twelfth grades into the presence of the Lord.
The daily schedule includes a morning and evening chapel with worship and a speaker. God-encounters often happen as kids kneel in worship with eager hearts, inviting the Holy Spirit to minister. They also have cabin devotions with their counselors.
Throughout the week, campers and counselors grow in relationship as they dig into the Word and ask tough questions about how it applies to everyday life. This year’s theme was Ecclesiastes 12:1.
Remember . . . your creator in the days of your youth. Counselors are often challenged, also, as they escort kids into discovering God’s truth. The majority of campers testify that chapel is their favorite part of camp, and that their encounter with God was the highlight. Some leave camp in tears, not wanting the experience to end. This year, 278 campers and 70 staff lead by Michael Guertin participated.
May this camp experience equip and empower the next generation for God’s glory!
By Pastor Kim Williamson,
Hopewell Summer Camp Board