At LLYC, most of our time is spent having fun, building relationships, playing outside, and enjoying the incredible Frio river canyon. Our staff and campers often dive into discussions along the way about God, faith, and life. Each day we have a few planned times where we prioritize spiritual matters.
Every morning, each camp has a short devotional time where campers will experience peace and quiet, an introduced topic or activity, scripture to consider, and usually some discussion led by our staff. Every night all of camp gathers for what is called “Roundup.” Campers are invited to sing, laugh, participate, and listen to a biblically centered talk from one of our leadership staff. After Roundup, campers return to their cabins to discuss the talk with their counselors. We call this “Cabin Time.” It is an opportunity for people to share and be vulnerable with one another, talk about life, struggles, concerns, confusions, etc.
From night to night, we discuss topics that build on one another and differ a bit depending on the age group (Singing Hills vs. Echo Valley). Here are a few of the things we like to talk about:
God and Creation – We discuss God’s character, his creation, his loving nature, his perfection, and his plan.
Humanity and Our Nature – We discuss that we are beautifully made in God’s image, yet we are sinful and broken. We need Jesus.
Jesus’ Life and Teachings – We discuss various stories of Jesus from the New Testament and what we can learn from them. We talk about how Jesus loved everyone, healed and restored the weak, and taught how to love God and others with our lives.
Jesus’ Death on a Cross – We discuss Jesus’ sacrificial death and what it means for us – that we are offered forgiveness, freedom, acceptance and worth.
Jesus’ Resurrection – We emphasize the victory over death that Jesus claimed when he rose from the dead. And we talk about how this gives us great hope for the future!
The Holy Spirit and our New Life – We discuss the Holy Spirit’s role as counselor and guide. We emphasize that in Christ, we are a new creation. As we walk in the Spirit, we are being transformed and renewed which leads to abundant life.
Scripture – We teach that the Bible is alive, active, and applicable to our lives today. We share that it is God’s great story from which we can learn much about him and his ways. We teach that its pages contain truth and wisdom that is life-changing.
Prayer – We teach that prayer is talking to and being with God. And we talk about how prayer can look different for everyone. We emphasize that in prayer we find a relationship with God which enables us to find peace, joy, hope, perspective and direction in our lives.
The Christian Life – We talk about what it means to “follow” Jesus. We teach how we are called to love others unconditionally and do what’s right even when it’s hard. We talk about how faith isn’t only knowledge of God, but that it should cause us to live our lives differently. There are temptations, trials, and negative influences all around us. We talk about how we can respond to those things.
Christian Community – We share how Christian community offers us a place to find love and encouragement, receive instruction, be held accountable, and be challenged to love and serve others. We emphasize how everyone can contribute to a community like this in meaningful ways. We challenge our campers to prioritize a Christian community back at home.