Stephanie and I heard from an acquaintance,

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   “I have a story for you. The other evening I was at Lizzy’s a local ice cream hang out   and this family was laughing and having a great time over the stories of two young boys coming home from camp.”   “When they got up to leave both…

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“For the Least of These”

By Miriam Ankerbrand, Group Events Coordinator Before camp started this summer, I realized that one of our Angel Tree campers, *Matthew, was already registered and paid in-full for his week of Christian camps.  Knowing he could come for free through the Angel Tree program (a part of Prison Fellowship), I asked that his status be…

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I hear voices of campers

By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director   I hear voices of campers everywhere around camp. At meal time the dining hall is filled. There is a lot of chatter around the canteen. There is high-pitched energy as they come into the worship center and then they sing with great enthusiasm. There are so many different…

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Summer staff share how they saw God work

    By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director   One never knows how God will show up during the week of summer camp. Having seen Him at work, we can easily think he’ll do the same thing again in the same way. But God isn’t like that. In almost 3 decades of summer camp ministry…

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Setting Aside the Smartphone

Photo courtesy of T Bar M Camps By CCCA It’s fairly common to see teens give undivided attention to their phones, and cultural trends indicate smartphone use won’t be going away anytime soon. Parents and youth leaders want to help adolescents navigate technology with wisdom. It can be a challenge when students’ devices are readily…

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Solid Training makes the difference

By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director       We just finished our summer staff training. On Friday evening 85 students from the 4.12 leadership training program joined us for their final training session of the year.   Since August, these students have been preparing for a summer of ministry. (And some have been in…

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Learning so much about God’s Word

Learning so much about God’s Word   By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director     A big part of Joy El’s Staff training time is studying the Bible passages that we will be teaching the campers this summer.  We want the counselors to engage with God’s word so they will have a full understanding before…

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Don’t Waste Your Summer

By CCCA (Photo courtesy of Word of Life) If you’re a student looking for a way to spend your summer, consider working at camp. There are so many ways to serve, and it could be one of your best summers yet. Picture yourself: Interacting with kids Building life-long friendships Learning from peers, leaders and campers…

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