A Summer of Camp Ministry

Since I was 16 years old, I have worked at summer camp.

Since I was ten years old, I have at least attended summer camp.

Now, I’m 22 years old, and I can’t tell you the impact camp has had on my life. If you are a college student reading this, you NEED to work at camp for at least one summer when you are in college.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve heard all the excuses.

“People are different at camp than other places.”

“People that work at camp are super cliquey and annoying.”

“I can’t afford to spend a summer there financially”

“If I work a summer, I won’t be able to take the classes I need online.”

“My family wants me to stay at home and spend time with them.”

First off, I want to say upfront that all of those are valid excuses. Those are all pretty significant life decisions. But for me, those didn’t compare to what camp meant for me.

At camp, friends, fun, and God’s Word became a daily emphasis. The amount of personal growth I saw in my life at camp was astounding.

It was so worth it. I’m to the point in my life that I fear what summer will be like without that intense daily growth.

As a believer, camp has helped shape me and my desire for ministry. I know that God wants me to work with youth, and the experience has been integral in molding that desire.

Now I’m not saying that you should forsake your daily responsibilities, preparing for your future life is essential when you are in college.

But I am saying that in my mind, camp ministry is more than worth it.

Don’t waste your summers in college. You are in the prime of your life and can do anything. A camp ministry is rarely an option after college unless you are planning on going full time. So take advantage of them while you can.

Another reason to give your summer is that camp ministries are looking for as many workers as possible.

Camp ministry changed my life, and I’m positive it will change yours as well.

I have never heard anyone come home from camp saying “that was good for me, but honestly I regret it. I could have done so much with this summer.”

But you know what I have had many people tell me?

“Dude, if I had just done camp in college it would have worked. Now with a full-time job, I don’t have the time.”

And they are right. There isn’t any time. That is why you have to prioritize your summers in college.

Trust me. I’ve worked at camp for six years now. I don’t regret it. You won’t either.

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