|Posted on July 8, 2012 at 10:50 PM|
If you have not considered a week at a Bible camp for your children -- I hope that this little blog entry will help you to reconsider.
Summer Bible Camp is NOT (I repeat, NOT) a luxury, or a frivolous vacation to send your "spoiled" child in the summer so you can get him/her out of your hair. It is a place that entrenches your child in the Word of God and challenges him/her to trust in the Lord and to live by faith, all the while providing fun activities and building friendships. It is a place to "ignite" a passion for the Lord; to provide opportunities for godly, lasting friendships; opportunities to serve the Lord and encourage others; to be as iron sharpening iron; to implant a passion for missions; and also a place to find a godly spouse. (Yes, I said it -- Bible Camp can also serve to become "Bridal Camp" -- worked out fabulously for 2 of our sons. They found lovely, godly wives as they served as counselors and staff at a nearby Bible Camp each summer while in their high school and college years).
Summer Bible Camp is NOT a guarantee that your child will trust the Lord, but it provides a positive and encouraging atmosphere where s/he is given multitudes of opportunities to do so. And as parents, we couldn't have asked for more. The Lord has used our children's Bible Camp experiences over the years to see some put their trust in the Lord; for all to learn to work and serve; and to desire godly fellowship and the Word of God.
Now I know that sending one or more kiddoes to Bible Camp for a week may not be cheap. We are a household of 7 children who survive on one fulltime income and our modest homeschooling business: BrandenburgStudies (WEB Interactive Unit Studies and Literature Units). So, the "extras" of life had to be pretty darn EXTRA to get our attention, let alone have us set aside money to spend on an individual. But once we learned about a nearby Bible Camp and saw the benefits for our children and our family, we readily made sacrifices to ensure that our children who were eligible to be campers had the money to go each summer. And once our children were old enough to "staff" at the camp, we encouraged them to consider volunteering their time each summer (for as long as they could).
Also, you might want to consider taking your family vacation at a Bible Camp. My husband served as a counselor and I as a nurse, while our children either staffed, counseled or attended as campers. All of us were entrenched in the Word of God & encouraged by other believers for a week -- what a fabulous family vacation! (We did this for several years ).
So if you wish to try out a Bible Camp this summer, check with your church for the Camps located in your area, pricing, and possible scholarships. Bite the bullet -- you will be thankful to the Lord that you did.