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Hopewell Network Summer Camps – Newsletter – October 2018

The Hopewell Summer Camps once again provided an outstanding time of fun and spiritual life for children and youth. In June, our Senior High camp saw 66 campers in attendance. In July, we reached 118 Junior Highers—a new camp attendance record! In August, 105 children filled the ranks.

The camp theme this year focused on “Hallowed Ground,” with Matthew 6:9 as our theme text: “May Your Name be kept holy.”

 

As has been the case for nearly three decades, we endeavored to impart to the young people meaty, biblically-sound doctrine. We desire that they have good solid teaching upon which they can have Holy Spirit encounters and experiences in response. And respond they did . . . via a plethora of speakers, they heard messages re: the cross, faith versus fear, praise: a weapon in spiritual warfare, the lack of access to God in the Old Testament versus free access to all via the blood of Christ, why bad things happen to God’s people, the four soils, and judgment day.

 

We were once again dumbfounded as we listened to the camper testimonies on the last day of camp as by one estimate 85 percent of the campers who shared said the teaching re: judgment day affected them the most! And these were children! One counselor told me later why he believed this was so: “Children want to know the truth and the future.”

 

The Spirit of the Lord always honors us with his deep, rich, sweet presence at those gatherings of God’s people where the truth is preached. The Lord Jesus Christ is the center of Camp. And this summer proved no different. Once again, not only did that small chapel, a.k.a., “Hemlock Hall,” become “Hallowed Ground,” but one counselor said the entire campground became this because of God’s manifest presence.

All of the above was interspersed with gobs of fun too . . . various activities and classes comprised of sports, ceramics, cartoon drawing, movie-making, Bible study methods and quizzing, horses, fishing, and boating, etc. An airplane dropping candy from the sky (piloted by a former camper) was a highlight. The Time Machine, out of which came “Pontius Pilate” in the two older camps and “Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen,” the discoverer of x-rays, in the kids camp, a “robot,” Bible games, puppets, costumed characters, etc. We indeed experienced “Heaven on Earth” in a very tangible way as we convened upon the hallowed ground of Tel Hai Camp.

 

By Michael “Guerty” Guertin, Hopewell Summer Camps

Pastoral Director

 

Hopewell Network Summer Camps – Newsletter – October 2017

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

 

2017 Hopewell Summer Camps – Newsletter – May 2017

The school year will soon be coming to an end and Hopewell Summer Camps are just around the corner! This year’s theme is Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember . . . your creator in the days of your youth.”

The Hopewell Summer Camps are led by Pastoral Director Michael “Guerty” Guertin, who has been running the camps since 1991. Guerty, a true lover of God, also has a deep love for youth and a passion for bringing the Bible to life through drama. Thousands of youths’ lives have been transformed by meeting God in this exciting, fun-filled environment.

There are three unique camps held each summer, and each camp is tailored to a specific age group.

This year’s dates are:

  • Senior High Camp – June 26-30
  • Junior High Camp – July 17-21
  • Kids Camp – August 14-18

Each day of camp consists of morning and afternoon activities, morning and evening chapels, three meals a day, as well as pool and free time spent with their cabin mates and a counselor. Camp is a great opportunity to meet new people and develop life-changing friendships.

There are many diverse activities for each camper’s interest and enjoyment, which they can choose on the registration form. The challenge course with zip line is a favorite, along with horses, climbing wall, sports, and boating. There are a lot of opportunities for creative expression, including drama, ceramics, cartoon drawing, and movie making.

Guerty’s dramatic presentations of the Gospel make the Word of God come to life and leave a lasting impression. Chapel is always a highlight of camp. One camper reflected that, “I think chapel really showed me how to connect with God . . . you can just lay on the floor and pray and meet with God . . . it’s awesome!”

There is no deadline for registering; however applications will only be accepted until camp is full. Activities selected are on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your camp applications in as soon as possible. There is also some scholarship money available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an early registration discount.

To register, go online at www.hopewellsummercamps.com —you will also find more information here. Remember, NOW is the perfect time to register your children for Hopewell Summer Camps! All youth are welcome!

By Anita Malizzi, Hopewell, Telford

 

Hopewell Summer Camp – Newsletter – October 2015

The theme of Hopewell Summer Camps this year was “SHOWTIME”, taken from Jn.14: 21B; “. . . My Father will love them, & I will come & show Myself to them.”

Typically, as the week of camp progresses, Jesus “shows” Himself to us more and more via the preached Word and His Spirit’s presence. I asked the assigned speakers to proclaim “the excellencies of Him Who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I Pet.2:9  My ache was that Jesus manifest Himself, i.e. “show Himself” to us at camp.

In addition to the many on-site administrative, counseling, and support staff, the Lord sent us a  “cavalry” of helpers.  With the various staff God gave this year, He caused them all to rise to the occasion of the numerous and various challenges we faced in ministering to young people. It is one of the most beautiful aspects of God’s Kingdom to me—His multi-faceted, gifted people all coming together for one purpose.

As the week progressed, we pursued the campers’ enemies, wielding the Word, prayer, and much personal care upon them.  On Friday morning, when we had the campers share what God did in and for them through the week, it made it all worth it. Testimonies, tears, confessions, releases, the love of God abounding among us—this is why I do camp.

My trust is that the Lord will bring understanding to those particular campers at a later time, both directly and through their counselors.  A major goal of mine all of these years in conducting camps is that the campers, years down the road of life, will look back at their camp years, and they will be sweet memories to them.  So many I have heard from through the decades have said just that.