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, and questions.

Roundup Progression

  • God and Creation – We discuss God’s character, his creation, his loving nature, his perfection, and his plan.
  • Humanity and Our Sin – We discuss that we are made in God’s image, yet we are sinful, broken and our relationship with God is compromised because of it. We are in need of a savior.
  • 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 was God in the flesh, that he lived a perfect, sinless life, performed miracles, loved sinners, healed and restored the weak, and taught how to love God and others with our lives.
  • Jesus’ Death on a Cross – We focus on 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 sin and death that Jesus claimed when he rose from the dead. And we talk about how this gives us great hope for the future!

Other Topics We Discuss

  • The Holy Spirit and our New Life – We look at 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. We talk about our call as believers to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love others as we love ourselves.
  • 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 it is our primary source of truth and wisdom for how to live as God wants us to live.
  • Prayer – We teach that prayer is honest, personal conversation with God and we talk about how prayer can look different for everyone. We emphasize that prayer leads to a healthy relationship with God and enables us to find peace, joy, hope, perspective and direction in our lives.
  • The Christian Life – We talk about what it really means to “follow” Jesus. We teach how we are called to love others unconditionally, do what’s right even when it’s hard, and to value different things than the rest of the world. We talk about how faith isn’t only knowledge and understanding 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 as believers.
  • Christian Community – We talk about the value of Christian community or church. We share how Christian community offers us a place to worship God with others, make valuable friendships, find encouragement, receive instruction, be held accountable, and be challenged to love and serve others. We emphasize how God has gifted each of us uniquely, and how we can all contribute to a community like this in meaningful ways. We challenge our campers to seek out a way to plug into a Christian community back at home.

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