Summer camp

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  1. menageriekeeper

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    Since we are in desperate need of a new topic that is not controversial and this is something I've been wondering about:

    Let's talk about summer camp.

    Did you get sent off to camp when you were a kid?

    Did you want to to go?

    Do you send your own kids to summer camp and do they want to go?

    What kind of camp? Boy/girl scouts? Church? Topic camps like space or computer camp? Some other kind of camp that I don't know about?

    Where is your perferred camp located? Instate or out of state?

    Does your church sponser a camp trip?

    Does your church or church association sponser a camp facility or own one of their own?

    Fees? What does camp cost now days anyhow? What is the most you have paid or would pay for a week of spend the night camp or day camp?

    How comfortable are you not having your children under your own roof for up to a week at a time?

    Any of your lives been ruined because your parents didn't send you away to camp? ;) Any of you ruin the lives of your kids because you sent them away to camp? ;) Ruined here means that a child's life has been redirected from the path it wanted to follow that summer, therefore "ruining" a perfectly good summer break.

    Anything else pertinant to summer camp that I've not mentioned?

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    I never went to camp as a kid.

    But after I got married, I began participating in our church association youth camp as a counselor.

    I have directed one before, and our association meets this Thursday, and one of the things we are looking for is an association youth director, and Youth camp director for this June.... The one we had resigned last month. (He is a Pastor, and was called to another church out of our association.)

    Word is they are looking at me for director... I don't know if I want to.
    So THANKS for opening this discussion up....

    Is God trying to tell me something?
    Hmmmm..

    If He calls me to, I will... but I want to make sure God wants me to.
    Each child last yr was charged $56 (If I remember right) But most churches covered each child's cost, plus more.

    Each church takes up a responsibility like providing crafts, snacks for certain days, games, etc.
     
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    Now that has to just be Providence, cause I posted on an impulse brought on by the announcement of our church's plans for Crosspoint and M-fuge. Those are both out of state camps (well I don't know where M-fuge is this year). The point being that as often as mine are incapcitated by their migraines, there is no way I can spend that kind of money, knowing our plans might be canceled at the last minute. (Usually a a couple of hundred or more for a week)

    Now when I was a kid, the state association our church was a part of owned the camp facility and the local associations shared it a week at a time. But I didn't attend until I was a teenager and it was only in the next county.
     
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    Our state association owns one, but we also have one here locally.
    I have never participated in our State's camp, but have in local associations. It is the one thing I look forward to in Summer.
     
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    Last year, Brent went to church camp in Iowa. I believe it was around $100.00 for a week. Not bad for lodging and food.

    He also went to "Little Galilee" about an hour from here, but got sick 1/2 way through and had to be picked up early. The cost for that was $100.00 also.

    My kids always went to Triple ยง Christian Ranch, in Rosebud, AR, run by John Bishop and his "My Kathy".

    I'm hoping that Brent gets to go there this summer. It depends on what the church decides.

    He also wants to attend a Boy Scout camp, but it depends on the cost. They are much higher than the church camps.

    I was a Catholic growing up, so I did not attend church camps - too frivolous. :BangHead:
     
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    When I was between 3rd grad and 6th grade my parents sent me to week long summer camps each summer. A christian campground in Northern CA called Pilot Lake. Oh I loved it more than anything else! Up in the mountains, a lake to swim in, campfires.....everything. Just loved it! I don't remember how much it cost though.

    When I was a young teen I went to a teen camp at Camp Emmanuel, in central CA, near Paso Robles, about an hour and a half from where I lived. Absolutely loved that too! There were 8 of us campers that week, and we had a total blast! After that year I went and helped out each summer at that same campground. It was run by a board from what I can remember, I think perhaps Child Evangelism Fellowship? Something like that. When it was changed to new hands I went right along with the campground.

    The last two or three years before I went to college, and one summer after I started college, I spent all or almost all of my summers there at the campground....including some weekends.....working the kitchen and being a counselor some weeks. We had Developementally Disabled weeks, which I worked as a counselor in, and which changed my life. This Christian camp experience for me was life-altering. I work with the mentally handicapped because of those summers. I think that also I avoided alot of heartache and trials because I was kept busy at camp working instead of being left to my own self at home all summer.

    For me, I consider my camp to be one of the most special places on earth, because it is where I really learned to connect with God and listen to His leading.
     
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    Your youngun's old enough to attend?
     
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    Yes, if my church sent a group to summer camp my oldest three would be going! We hosted a bus kid's camp for a couple years in Minnesota, and my husband and I went as workers, taking all of our kids with us. We only had three and then four at that time. But they loved that too!

    We typically have functions at Camp Joy, about an hour and a half or so from here in Milwaukee. But for now our church has not been sending our kids anywhere to camp. Id be very hesitant to send my kids on their own to any camp. I don't think Id send them unless it was with our church group, and/or being run by our church or a church we or my pastor knew well.
     
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    ==No. Though my parents did require us to attend Vacation Bible school at our Methodist Church when we were little. I still remember how much I hated it.




    ==No. We lived, and I still do, at a vacation resort. All of my friends were there and we looked forward to a summer of swimming, skiing, and other things. Taking us away from that would have been, well, cruel.



    ==I don't have any children but, if I did, it would depend upon whether they wanted to attend or not. I do have a dog but I don't think he is interested in summer camp. He suffers from mild seperation anxiety. Go figure...



    ==I would rather a camp operated by a local church.



    ==In state, near home.



    ==They go on mission trips during the summer.
     
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    I went to Girl Scout camp, which was very nice. Also Episcopal church camp, which was not very good for my spiritual growth.

    My kids went to a Friends camp which was okay and Awana camp where the boys were threatened and subjected to verbal abuse by other campers... they just happened to have a weak counselor who wasn't on top of things. At another Awana camp my daughter sat under some first rate preaching.
     
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    Did you get sent off to camp when you were a kid? couldn't afford it as a kid but went to camp one summer as a barn worker for 2 weeks - loved it!

    Did you want to to go? yep

    Do you send your own kids to summer camp and do they want to go? i did until dh went on staff @ church & we couldn't afford it anymore. they may go back this year - one for counselor training and the other on scholarship

    What kind of camp? Boy/girl scouts? Church? Topic camps like space or computer camp? Some other kind of camp that I don't know about? christian girl's sleepaway camp - adirondack camp cherith

    Where is your perferred camp located? Instate or out of state? in state - about 5-6 hours away depending on traffic

    Does your church sponser a camp trip? they don't sponsor one but they have a set week so that those who go, go together.

    Does your church or church association sponser a camp facility or own one of their own? they support it as a mission

    Fees? What does camp cost now days anyhow? What is the most you have paid or would pay for a week of spend the night camp or day camp? i think camp is in the $400 range for a week sleep away. if i had the $$ i'd pay it happily

    How comfortable are you not having your children under your own roof for up to a week at a time? i'm fine because the camp directors are good friends of mine and i work at the camp before camp starts so i know most everyone there.

    Any of your lives been ruined because your parents didn't send you away to camp? ;) Any of you ruin the lives of your kids because you sent them away to camp? ;) Ruined here means that a child's life has been redirected from the path it wanted to follow that summer, therefore "ruining" a perfectly good summer break. nope camp is a nice experience but by no means a necessity of life

    Anything else pertinant to summer camp that I've not mentioned? i know work at the camp the week before camp starts. they get in horses who have not been ridden in 9 months so i get them ridden, trained and ready for the kids - and weed out rejects if necessary.

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