2013 Kids Across America Camp Theme: Rooted
Scripture Verse: Colossians 2:6-7 (MSG)
“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.”
Brenda Lampela, Oasis Children’s Developer writes: Someone asked me the other day, why I thought it was so important that we take as many of our young people to a Christian summer camp each year as possible, specifically to Kids Across America, which is a long 6-hour bus ride from Memphis to the Ozark mountains of Missouri. What makes this place where we take our kids to enjoy seven life-changing days of Christ-centered excitement so special?
Well … Kids Across America, or KAA as it is affectionately called, is located on a picturesque mountaintop, far from civilization, but the camp itself is anything but dull and quiet. The moment we arrive, camp counselors dressed in crazy costumes, chanting and singing, descend on our bus and literally carry our kids away on their shoulders. From that point on, these well-trained and dedicated college-aged counselors take care of, and love on our children. During the week the campers are challenged spiritually and given practical ways to live out their faith when they return home, through daily Bible studies, faith-building talks and worship. Not only that, but everywhere you look, young people are participating in classes chosen from more than 20 different competitive sports and recreational activities, including basketball, football, baseball, soccer, mountain biking, archery, golf, cheer, and dance, just to name a few. Youth also participate in self-esteem building activities like a high-adventure ropes course in the treetops and the challenge course.
I love how one adult youth leader from Hixson, TN, describes it: “Just imagine standing in the middle of all this activity. Close your eyes for a minute and listen. What do you hear? Teens laughing together. The shouts of the counselors encouraging the young people, challenging them to be their best and do their best. And the music! Loud, urban contemporary Christian music with a beat that just makes you want to dance! Designed from the ground up with teens in mind, KAA is an exciting, challenging escape from the humdrum of just another boring summer.”
For me personally, one of my favorite experiences that happens every single summer, is when we’re out with the campers late at night, and one of them happens to look up into the clear night sky, and you can literally hear their breath being taken away when they ask excitedly what all those millions of sparkly lights are! You see, for many of our kids who have never really been outside the city limits, they have no idea what a night sky full of stars looks like. When you sponsor a child to go to camp with us, you are providing them with the experience of a lifetime – to learn about how much Christ loves them, while surrounded by the beauty of nature that God has created.
Thank you so much,
Brenda Lampela, Oasis Children’s Developer
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