Compass Camp is a Bible-centred summer camp for 11-17-year-olds based in the heart of the Lake District. Unable to meet physically this year in Coniston, camp went online.
From 3 to 5 August, campers from all over the UK were able to meet on Zoom for six intensive sessions of fun, craft, games, Bible teaching, and prayer. Smaller groups met in breakout rooms for ‘tent prayers’ – a time of discussion and prayer.
The theme for this year’s teaching was ‘God among us’, focusing on events from the Gospels of Luke and John and centring on the start of Jesus’s ministry. Teaching was led by Jeff Haskins (GBC, Lancaster) and Ole Kristian Hunt (GBC, Ulverston).
On Wednesday night, we donned our finest ‘camping’ costumes and met for a time around the virtual campfire. Some campers even ventured out into their back gardens, despite the rain!
Family members were invited along, marshmallows (virtual and otherwise) were roasted, we enjoyed a quiz in our tent teams, and final team points were revealed.
The epilogue was given by Ole Hunt. We were saddened to have to say goodbye to some campers for whom this was their final year, especially given the online nature of this year’s camp. Our hope is that some campers will return in future years as leaders.
We were impressed at the campers’ enthusiasm despite their disappointment at not being able to enjoy the normal outdoor activities associated with Compass Camp (rock climbing, cycling, ghyll scrambling, hiking, etc.).
We are grateful to God for the support from our partners in prayer and campers’ parents. Much fun was had and it was a very worthwhile time spiritually. Compasscamps.org has more information, dates for next year’s camp, and links to teaching videos.
Ole Kristian Hunt