‘That was the best camp ever’ and ‘Only 358 days to go to next year’s camp’ were two of the comments made by young people attending our Christian youth camp this summer in the small village of South Kelsey.
The camp was born four years ago, when a Polish family with teenage children asked our minister’s wife if there was a Christian camp that her children could attend, not too far from our church (Kingston Evangelical, Hull).
We are a church camp, but by no means exclusively for children from Christian families. It is lovely to have non-churched youngsters from our young people’s meeting keen to attend, and able to remember topics covered, as well as memory verses and words from the songs.
It is a relatively small camp, so campers get to know one another and make friends very quickly. It is as busy or as quiet as you like it to be. We camp exclusively in tents (!), with cooking and food prepared and eaten outside.
A different activity is arranged each day. When we return to base, there is ample free time to swim, play games, read or just chat with friends. Some of the activities include a visit to the beach, quest in the woods, sports day, BBQ, bonfire, late night swim, pocket money spent at a local town, and a scavenger hunt.
The Bible devotion sessions are an important camp feature. Also, having godly and enthusiastic helpers living out their ‘religion’ seven days a week is an important witness to the young people.
We had another successful question-and-answer session this year, when camp leaders were particularly encouraged by the mature and searching nature of the questions. It was encouraging to hear many spiritual conversations among young people during their free time.
Thanks goes to the ladies of Kingston Evangelical Church, and others, who supplied the camp with delicious food, along with those who transported campers to and from the church in Hull.
Oliver Daubney adds: ‘Wednesday, the last day of the camp, was a sad day, as everyone was leaving and we had enjoyed the fellowship. By 3.00pm everyone had gone, except for one girl who was staying with us until 6.00pm. It was very quiet and strange, considering the place had been so busy and full of energy only a few hours before.
‘I should point out a few features of the week. Every day after breakfast and dinner there were devotions. In the morning I was taking studies through Esther and in the evening Andrew Toms was studying Jonah.
‘The young people were also sorted into groups to help with various jobs around the camp, like washing up and refilling the water containers … I feel the Lord has blessed this camp and it has been a great encouragement to see so many young people asking deep and thoughtful questions’.