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Mid-states ministry offers camping for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois

0512midstatesintroThe camping ministry in the Mid-states—for Moravian congregations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois—is unique from all the other Moravian camps in that each one is held at a different location. Mid-states camping does not have its own campground and facilities. Some might consider this a mixed blessing: while we also don’t have to worry about year-round upkeep, we do have to deal with a variety of sites and people. This can also be a plus in that it gives our youth a variety in not only the programming but also the location.We have two sites for our youngest campers, grade 2-5. Illiana is held at Bedford Christian Camp in Bedford, Ind., centrally located for the two churches that attend: Hope (Ind.) and West Salem (Ill.) The other young camp is Camp Bethany, held at Camp Zimmerman in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, for campers from the Ohio and Michigan churches.

0512midstates1Our junior high age camp is held at Epworth Forest Conference Center located in Albion, Ind. Again this site is as centrally located as possible. We draw youth from a large area that covers Southern Illinois, Central Indiana, Southern Michigan and Central Ohio.

Our longest running camp is for our senior and post high youth held at Tar Hollow States Park near Chillicothe, OH. This camp is also for youth from the four mid-states states. Three of our four camps are held in wooded campgrounds that are well off the beaten path while the junior high camp is a unique setting located in the middle of town.

The camping program in the Mid-states is alive and well. We are blessed to have many dedicated lay people as well as clergy who serve as mentors for our young people by serving on staff in a variety of ways. Some are directors, some are cooks, some counselors, nurses, program leaders…the list goes on and on.

Some of our leaders wear many different hats throughout the week of camp but they all have one goal: to make camping a spirit filled, fun and educational experience for our young people. Many lives have been changed and lifelong friendships have been formed through the camping programs.

Jo Ann Keller is a member of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Indiana.


From the May 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, March 22 — Psalm 38:1–8
Exodus 28:15–43; Matthew 25:31–46

The Lord God has opened my ear; and I was not disobedient. Nor did I turn back. Isaiah 50:5 (NASB)

Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.” John 12:26

Great Shepherd, we seek to follow you. But how does a nation follow you? To follow you is counter to the culture of this world. Provide energy and nerve to live as love and light where little is focused on you. Amen.

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