Summer Camp for a Purpose

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Parents — are you sending your kids to camp this summer?

Whether it’s a week-long or summer-long experience, and whether it’s a day camp or a residential camp, I have something for you to think about . . .

Don’t let your kids’ camp experience be all about them.

And if you want to add another . . .

Don’t send your kids to camp alone.

Summer Camps Are Important for Your Child

Our kids have done camps in the past. Some of these were camps that we lead, and sometimes they took part in other day or overnight experiences. We know that Summer Camps Are Important.

But camps are not important just for what our kids get out of them. They are important by how our kids can bless others through them.

If you are sending your child to any kind of camp, be sure to talk with them about what it looks like for them to love and serve others. Talk with them before their camp, and follow-up afterwards. You will help them learn to live on mission for God, that we should focus on giving more than getting.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  (John 13:35)

Summer Camps Are Important for Other Kids, Too

But I want you to consider another thought: Is there another child you know that you can help send to camp, too?

Just as your child can benefit from camps, other children (especially those that don’t have easy access to those camps) need them at least as much. And you can help.

It’s one thing for me to round up a bunch of kids, raise some money, and find camps to send them to. Yes, I could do all that, but there is a better way.

How much better would it be if you reached out to a child and his or her family? Because the biggest benefit of the camp isn’t what they learn or do at camp. The thing that will have the biggest impact on their lives will be the relationships that are formed and strengthened.

Instead of sending your child to camp alone and with a self-directed purpose, think about sending him with a peer and a God-focused purpose.

I plan to write more about this in the future, but I hope I’ve given you food for thought.

Don’t let your kids’ camp experience be all about them.

Don’t send your kids to camp alone.

Of course, I know of some opportunities and kids, and I’m sure you know of more. I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below, or contact me.

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