Who We Are
Laity Lodge Youth Camp is a coed, interdenominational Christian youth camp focusing on spontaneity, fun, and relationships to show kids the best two weeks of their lives, while sharing with them the Gospel message and love of Jesus Christ. LLYC is dedicated to providing campers with healthy fun in an emotionally safe learning environment.
What We Teach
Every night we have what is called "Roundup." All of camp gathers to sing, laugh, participate, worship, and hear 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." This time is an opportunity for people to share and be vulnerable with one another, talk about life, struggles, concerns, confusions, etc. Every session follows a progression of topics. From night to night, they build on one another, and differ a bit depending on the age group (Singing Hills vs. Echo Valley).
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.
We also spend time remembering important takeaways from our time together and we talk about the “spiritual high” that campers might be experiencing. We clarify that campers don’t need camp to feel this way – that true fulfillment comes simply from living life the way Christ calls us to live. We give encouragement for the transition back home and we talk about practical things campers can do to stay true to the commitments they may have made while they were here.
We hope that providing you with a little more detail in what is being discussed, talked about, and taught might give you opportunities to build on this foundation with your campers this coming year. It may even give you ideas on what questions to ask, concepts to discuss, and truths to explore more deeply.
At LLYC, we care deeply about your children’s lives both at camp and when they return home. If your child or your family are looking for a church community or Christian organization in your area to get involved in, we want to help. LLYC has connections and alumni all over Texas and beyond. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we would love to assist you in finding the right church or organization for you.