WHAT IS MISSION CAMP LIKE?
Student Life Mission Camp is a Christ-centered camp for 7th-12th graders. It includes engaging worship from experienced worship leaders, learning through sound biblical teaching and Bible study, community in Family Groups, and mission projects in the local communities. It's a week of focused learning, heartfelt praise, dramas, community building, teamwork, and most importantly, God's Word on center stage.
WHY DO YOU DO MISSION CAMP THE WAY YOU DO?
We designed Student Life Mission Camp to support the men and women who are called to lead teenagers every week. A Mission Camp is just one week of the spiritual journey. We believe in the relationships built in the local church, and we strive to partner with the local church.
WHY DO YOU NOT HIRE STAFF TO TEACH THE BIBLE STUDIES?
It goes back to the philosophy of supporting the local church. We believe it's important for adults from the local church to be involved in what happens at Mission Camp. After all, they go home with the students. Their leadership during the week builds friendships, accountability and connection that travel on the ride home with the students. We also believe that in order for a small group to work it needs to be small. We believe the ideal size for a Bible study group is 8-10. This size facilitates good discussion and allows students to feel comfortable.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REC CAMP AND MISSION CAMP?
The main difference is how groups spend their late morning and early afternoon time. At Mission Camp, we will assign your church to a work site for the day. After Celebration, Student Life sends sack lunches with your group as you leave for your work site. Possible assignments could include community work projects or teaching Bible stories to children. At Rec Camp, students will participate in Recreation, lunch and Family Group Prayer Gathering all on campus.
CAN HALF OF MY GROUP DO A MISSION CAMP AND THE OTHER HALF DO REC CAMP?
Of course! You are free to separate your middle and high school this way, or you can allow students to choose the experience that most excites them. We will work with you to meet your group's needs. Each group would need a different main contact person, however, and your groups would be listed under two separate registrations.
WHAT ABOUT 6TH GRADERS? ARE THEY INVITED?
It is up to each church. If they are normally a part of your group, they are welcome at any Student Life event. Our events are designed for students entering 7th grade up until entering college. Programming is not designed to accommodate students younger than this. If your group is younger, you may want to check out Student Life For Kids Camp.
DO I NEED MY OWN TRANSPORTATION DURING THE WEEK?
Yes. You will definitely need transportation to and from mission sites.
WHAT IS A FAMILY GROUP?
A Family Group is about 8-10 students coming together under the leadership of an adult leaders from your church. Your volunteers lead these groups so they can continue to disciple and invest in your students' spiritual growth back home. A Family Group's purpose is to learn about Jesus through Bible study, prayer and group-bonding activities.
WHAT IS THE ADULT TO STUDENT RATIO?
We request one adult for every seven students.
WHAT WILL ADULT LEADERS DO AT MISSION CAMP?
Many adult leaders will be asked to serve as Adult Family Group Leaders. Student Life provides Bible study materials 5-6 weeks before camp to allow adequate preparation time. Adult Family Group Leaders serve as a motivator and encourager during mission projects and lead the Bible study for their Family Group. There is a Family Group Leadership Meeting each morning for Family Group Leaders and Student Leaders to pray and focus on the theme for each day.
WHAT WILL STUDENT PASTORS DO AT MISSION CAMP?
Camp is designed to free Student Pastors from a lot of responsibility so that they can spend time building relationships with their students. Each evening there will be a Student Pastor Gathering one hour before the worship service for prayer and fellowship. This meeting takes place while the students are in their evening Prayer Gatherings with their Family Groups. For this reason, it is best for Student Pastors not to serve as Family Group Leaders. We think that this is an extremely important aspect of Student Life.
DO WE HAVE TO BE A SPECIFIC DENOMINATION TO ATTEND STUDENT LIFE CAMP?
No. Student Life is an inter-denominational, evangelical ministry serving the local church. Feel free to contact us if you would like a list of church references.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF STUDENT LIFE CAMPS?
We have numerous goals for our events, but ultimately, our goals involve life change happening in students, adults and us. In Scripture, every time someone spent time with Jesus, he or she went away changed. We hope each person leaves this experience changed. Not because of technical effects, entertaining dramas or even meeting new people, but because we have been with Jesus.
WHY IS MISSION CAMP MORE EXPENSIVE THAN REC CAMP?
The price difference covers numerous expenses including the cost of the materials and equipment used on sites, trailers, vehicles and all the expenses related to the Student Life staff on the road and in the home office that facilitate these projects.
IT'S AFTER THE JANUARY 31 DEPOSIT DEADLINE. CAN I STILL REGISTER FOR CAMP?
YES! You can always register for camp (as long as space is available for a particular location). We ask that you try to get your deposit in as quickly as possible, preferably within two weeks of registration.