For generations of Moravians, the weeks spent at a Moravian summer camp represent pivotal events in their spiritual growth. While having fun, making friends and communing with nature, campers build a closer connection to their faith and to God.
The Moravian Church in North America hosts four camp and conference centers in the U.S. and Canada, along with other camping programs that reach hundreds of children each year. In our annual round-up of camp activities for 2013, we feature Camp Hope, Laurel Ridge, Mt. Morris, Camp Van-Es and other camping programs that will bring young Moravians together to revel in God’s creation. Each of these facilities offer both summer camping experiences and year-round opportunities to renew relationships with God and grow in faith.
The words of Bishop George Higgins, one of the driving forces behind the development of Laurel Ridge in North Carolina sum up the role of the camping ministry of the Moravian Church: “we have a special need to discover anew the wonder of God’s creation. We need time for reflection, for prayer, for worship. We need to open our lives to God’s call for commitment, for service. This we find in the environment of a church camp.”
2013 Camping Ministry articles:
Camping brings California Moravians together
From the May 2013 Moravian Magazine