Two youth camps really?
Yes, my teens if any way possible attend two youth camps during the summer. The first one is our own church youth camp. They have a blast, have excellent bible teaching, go rafting down the Ocoee river, tubing on the lake, canoeing and unplug from electronics and cell phones for a whole week. It is a great experience and they love every minute of it, so why do I send them to another camp…
because they are the preacher’s kids.
You know I love our church and I really don’t think being the preacher’s kid is as big of an issue at our church as it is at some.
However, let’s face it adults and other kids are watching them to see what they do and how they handle situations. There can be a lot of pressure and expectation put on a minister’s child, so the least I can do, as the parent is to give them a camp experience where they are just another kid. A place where they can worship, make spiritual decisions without anyone watching or feeling pressure to do something because it is expected. I want them to learn to love and worship God because they want to not because they feel like it is the expected thing to do.
I will admit it is a little scary for them to go somewhere the first time and not know anyone. Sometimes I get a little push back, but I am the parent and sometimes I know better than they do what they need.
As my teens have attended these camps over the last several years, I have seen them make new friends, grow in the Word, in the area of leadership and always beg to go back the next year.
It has been a blessing to this ministry family, and something I hope we will be able to continue doing for each of our children as they reach their teen years.