Invitation to Virtual Camp 2020!
Dear Ohio Region,
In late April, we shared the tough news of the decision to close Camp Christian for summer 2020 for the health and safety of all of those who are involved with our camping program. It was a devastating decision, but we knew it was what was right for us to do.
Since then, we have been hard at work developing programming and options to make available to the region. The directors and ADs from the various camps have been meeting and talking through what some of our alternative options could be and we are very pleased to announce that we will be able to provide online camp alternatives for all of our camp programs!devastating decision, but we knew it was what was right for us to do.
Our directors have done an incredible job of brainstorming, sharing resources, and coming up with some creative alternatives so that anyone who wants to will be able to share in our programs this summer! Using a virtual-camp portal, we will be sharing in camp songs, lessons, quest groups, keynotes, evening vespers services, and even hoe-downs, talent shows!
We will be following the condensed camp schedule that was provided at the beginning of April when we were exploring alternative options for camp this summer. It is as follows:
CYF – July 5-11
Chi Rho – July 12-18
Jr. Camp (Ribbit & Otter) – July 19-25
Advance – July 26-August 2
Most of the programming provided for the week of camp will include videos, music, and documents that will be available for you to use and view at your leisure, or even after the week is done. However, some of the activities will be held at specific times and dates (i.e. a zoom small group gathering or cabin meeting) so it will still be important to try and be available for your specific week of programming.
Those who have already sent in an RSVP to camp have already received this email. If you have not previously RSVPd, you will need to email email@example.com with the following information:
- Camper Name
- Grade the Camper just completed (or age if you are out of high school)
- Email address that is best to send log-in information for the virtual camp portal
When you send in that information, you will be registered on the virtual-camp portal. You will be sent an email to confirm your log-in information so that you can take part in the activities. You will also get a follow up email from the director(s) of your particular week to welcome you to your specific week of online programming. If there are any questions or if you need help with any part of this process, please reach out to Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that it will not be the same as being at Camp Christian. But we also know that the spirit of Camp Christian is the Holy Spirit and that the ministry of Camp is not tied to the place, but tied to our hearts and our spirits of love and compassion.
In that spirit, we hope to see you all this summer. We hope you will share this opportunity with your friends. We hope the love of God that we know through Jesus Christ, which we come to feel at Camp Christian will still find its way into your heart in 2020. And we pray for continued health and strength that we may all be back together again next summer.
Peace and Love,
Rev. Alan Dicken
Regional Program Director
Christian Church In Ohio
CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) Conference supports those who have finished grades 9-12. This camp seeks to give youth what they need spiritually in later life. Each day begins with an opportunity for individual devotion and reflection we call “Morning Watch” CYF Conference offers two different Bible Studies each day. This year we will study the Book of Job as well as material on The Will of God. This time of young adult life can be confusing and this material gives youth the markers they need to see who it is God is calling them to be. The afternoon are devoted the different “Committees” that work during the week to make it special. Some committees are Choir, Outreach (DIG), Worship (Vespers) or Consecration, as well as Talent Show, Banquet, etc. Each evening there is a worship service (Vespers) after supper that is created and led by the High Schoolers themselves. The end of the week is capped by a Consecration Service. This service too is created by and led by High School Youth. However, it does include an opportunity for the youth to make a confession of faith. Local Congregations are notified when this happens to they can follow up with baptism or confirmation. These DO NOT happen during camp as we believe this is most appropriate within the community where their faith is being lived out day to day. Here too, all campers are invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper. In addition, there is a special time at the end of Consecration on Saturday morning, where youth who feel God is calling them into full time Christian Ministry to step forward and be prayed for by the whole community. We realize many of these youth are still working to discover just where God is calling them, but want to begin helping them think about the call to ministry.