The days are getting longer and warmer on the mountain! It’s almost time for camp!
The theme for our 2017 Camps is LOVE, based on Colossians 3:14, “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”
Laurel Ridge is a mountain place set apart for forming disciples of Jesus Christ who live and learn in community to serve in the world. To many, summer camp is a fond memory and one of the things in life that as adults we still long for. Young people who attend camp continue to have a desire to be in Christian community, a hunger to learn more, and the assurance that faith makes a difference in their lives.
Laurel Ridge offers camps for first graders all the way up to 99 years of age. There is something for everybody, whether you are a camper or a counselor.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for 2017:
PreJunior Camp is the perfect introduction to Laurel Ridge for your little camper! Our deans this year are the Rev. Chris Thore and Gail Theard. July 28-30, 2017, for children who’ve completed grades 1 or 2. Cost for this weekend camp is $225.00.
Junior Camp for kids who have completed grades 3, 4 or 5:
Junior 1 Camp theme is “Rhythms of Faith” and will explore the rhythms of Jesus’ life through rhythm groups that investigate rhythms in nature, music and dance. June 25-July 1, 2017. Deans include the Rev. John D. and Mary Rights.
Junior 2 Camp theme is “Will the Real Superhero Please Stand Up?” Campers will examine the life of Moses from his birth to the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus. In a world where superheroes fill movies and TV, this camp will focus on Jesus as the real Superhero! August 6-12, 2017. Deans include Heidi and Daniel Everhart.
Arts Camp is for those campers who truly love the arts and want to explore them in a mountain setting. Campers will be able to explore a variety of the activities including painting, drawing/sketching, dance, singing, instrumental music, photography and more! This new and innovative camp will be enhanced by looking at the gifts God has given us. Arts Camp will be housed in the Bishop Wing and Salem Wing of Higgins Lodge. Arts Camp is June 18-24, 2017; deans are the Rev. Tripp May and Joyce Vance.
Eco Mission Camp takes older campers out into areas surrounding Laurel Ridge in northwest North Carolina to serve as stewards of God’s earth. Past work sites have included Mount Jefferson State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blending elements from our Mission Camps and Summer Camps together, campers will get to travel off-site during the morning and early afternoon to complete work projects and experience traditional camp activities in the late afternoon and evening. Eco Mission Camp is for campers who have completed grades 5 through 9, June 11-17, 2017. Deans include the Rev. Lisa Mullen and Greg Keener.
Middle High Camp is a week filled with Bible study and summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, sports, Group Interactive Course, archery, crafts, music and campfires every evening. The 2017 theme is “Where in the World is Jesus?” and will take a look at missions worldwide. Campers will compare and contrast various forms of worship. July 30 – August 5, 2017; Deans include the Rev. Jeff Jones and Catherine Long.
Senior High Camp is the pinnacle of the Laurel Ridge camp experience! It is a week of Bible study, and fun-filled summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, sports, Group Interactive Course, archery, crafts, music and campfires every evening. The 2017 Camp program will once again be led by Dewey Mullis and Justin Rabbach, expanding on last year’s Decision theme and acting on the decisions made based on Christian morals and values. The 2017 Dance Theme is “Prep vs. Country vs. Granola.” July 9-15, 2017. Deans include the Rev. Joe Moore and Meredith Dowdy.
Mission Camp at Laurel Ridge provides youth groups the opportunity to serve the less fortunate in the High Country. Groups should provide capable adult leaders (1 per every 5 youth) and transportation to and from work sites. This is a great experience for first time mission-trips or groups looking to do a smaller-scale trip. All Mission Camps are hosted at Higgins Lodge. Mission Camp 2017 Theme is “R12 Christian” examining Romans 12:12-13, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
• MC1: June 11-17; Dean Justin Rabbach
• MC2: June 25 – July 1; Dean Rt. Rev. Sam Gray
• MC3: July 16-22; Dean Jennifer Boles
• MC4: July 23-29; Dean Donna Hurt
NEW this year! Adult Camp – September 28 – October 1, 2017 Camper fee for Adult Camp is $150.00. Summer Camp 2.0 is an adult camp for ages 19-99, with the themes “Being Adult: no kidding…” Being an adult these days is pretty strange with all the kinds of things that are happening in and around us. Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of it all. Adult Camp will be adult Christians coming together, attempting to playfully explore what this grown-up thing is all about in the current world.
To register for camp go to www.laurelridge.org. Weeklong camps are $450.00. Camp Scholarships are available upon request.
Thanks to Scarlett Dowdy, program manager at Laurel Ridge, for this material and photos.