Is there anything more important than a growing relationship with Jesus? You can encourage others to grow by inviting them to camp this summer!
Will you be a CampChamp Ambassador?
A CampChamp is a person who desires to see others grow in a relationship with Jesus and invites others to summer camp at Covenant Bay.
How do I invite a friend?
Here are five ways to invite a friend.
#5 – Share Covenant Bay social media posts and web links.
#4 – Share the link covenantbay.ca in a direct message, email or text inviting them to check things out!
#3 – Give them a camp post card!
#2 – Tell them a story about your experience – face to face!
#1 – Memorize verses on their behalf or pay for there camp fee’s and send them to camp!
5 questions CampChamps are asked
Here are five questions that CampChamps are asked frequently.
- When and where is it?
It’s good to know some of the basic info. Covenant Bay is located on Pigeon Lake, AB which is 45 minutes Southwest of Edmonton. Camp sessions are offered in July and August. Dates can be found on the postcard and on our website.
- Who is going to be there?
It can be a scary thing to be going to something new all by yourself! If you are not attending a summer camp yourself it would be a great idea to know of a few campers or staff that are going and offer to introduce them if they don’t already know each other. Knowing others increases a one’s sense of belonging and social confidence.
- What are the activities?
A fair question, they are trying to gauge how fun and comfortable the time will be. Activities include water skiing/wakeboarding, mountain biking, canoeing, games in the large field, drama, crafts, wall climbing, beach volleyball, swimming and lots more! Don’t forget chapel a time where we learn about God through skits, talks and games and we respond to God through singing, conversation and decisions.
- How much does it cost?
Camper fees cover 50% of the actual cost of attending a camp. Generous donors cover the rest of the expense. Campers fee’s vary pending on camp and number of days. Check out the overnight camps page to learn more.
- I am not sure…
This last one is not a question but just a general uncertainty! I encourage you to ask what they are not sure about and continue to encourage them! If it is an issue of finances, we have scholarships and other means to help. If it is a bit of anxiety be sure to encourage them regarding how caring and loving the people are! If it is not knowing if they will have permission offer to talk to their parents.
Of course, there are other questions CampChamps are asked but these are the most common! Let’s be praying for the friends you invite and that God will do something amazing!
Promoting a growing relationship with Jesus
Covenant Bay is about one thing – promoting a growing relationship with Jesus. If we are tempted to do something that does not support this singular focus than we simply won’t do it. From good food to comfortable accommodations, to crazy games, to amazing chapel times, everything we do serves the purpose of promoting a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
For many campers, this means discovering who Jesus is. Often campers have virtually no concept of Jesus and are sponges as they soak up the teaching and conversations! Other campers have already made a commitment to Jesus Christ, we encourage and challenge them in their relationship with Jesus. We want everyone at Covenant Bay to grow in a relationship with Jesus – staff, volunteers, campers and parents!
Growing in a relationship with Jesus doesn’t just happen, we need some essential ingredients.
Leaders need to be growing!
It starts with leaders growing in a relationship with Jesus. They must be growing in a relationship with Jesus if they are going to work or volunteer at Covenant Bay. In growing they will be serving out of a position of strength rather than weakness. They will be filled with passion for God and what He is doing.
Anxiety, nerves, fear can get the best of us and handcuff what otherwise is a great opportunity for growth! Creating a socially and physically safe atmosphere where everyone is accepted, cared for and loved is essential. This is why we play so much at camp.
Play promotes a socially safe place by including everyone, laughter, encouragement and a multitude of other things. Think of it this way because a child has played well, they belong. Because they belong they are open and eager to learn about Jesus!
Scripture is powerful. There are times when scripture is been read that campers are overwhelmed with what they have heard! Each session of camp we have a speaker that has prepared talks grounded in scripture. These gifted men and women spend hours in prayer, research, and writing preparing something that campers will respond well to.
We believe that God is alive and active today and is present with us right now. His spirit is prompting and guiding us. Sometimes we are acutely aware of His presence. At other times we are too focused on the conversation or task that we are unaware. This does not change the fact that he is present and working!
If God does not show up and work in the hearts of people then all of our efforts are for nothing. But we can be “certain that God, who began the good work [in campers], will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phl 1:9 (NLT)
What an incredible promise. We know that all the time, energy and money spent on summer camps will make an eternal difference because of God’s powerful work in the life of each individual!
Is there more? You bet there is. In fact, this article could get ridiculously long. There is one more thing that is worth mentioning – prayer. Prayer is so important that we have written an entire article dedicated to it. This article will be published at the end of February.
Share the Gospel Like Paul
One might say that Paul was reckless particularly when you read 2 Corinthians 11:16-30. There we read about a list of the many dangers that he faced. Here is just a part of his description.
“Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.” (2 Cor 11:24-25 NLT)
Have you ever noticed when you are invested in something that you are much more willing to go the extra mile? A parent doesn’t give a second thought to cleaning up a sick child. A youth leader will spend time with and mentor a rude teenager. The cabin leader who washes and cleans the soiled sleeping bag! While not pleasant we expect these things to happen because these people are invested.
Paul was invested. He endured an incredible amount so that he could plant multiple churches. The more he endured, the more he was invested. The more he gave, the more he was invested. The more he mentored, the more he was invested.
Everyone is invested to some degree and the more you give of yourself the more invested you become. Be like Paul… a little crazy… put yourself out there and take the risk. Share the gospel like Paul – be invested!
Prayer and More Prayer
We can’t promote a growing relationship with Jesus without Jesus. I know that this sounds obvious but we must ask God to work and be present. Listen to what the apostle Paul asks of the Colossians.
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.” Col 4-2-4
I ask that you pray for all the summer staff. We ask our cabin leaders to have faith conversations with each of their campers. Pray that within these conversations that campers will take the opportunities to step into a relationship with Jesus and grow closer to Him.
I was at a Christian Camping Conference a little over a year ago and heard a statement on prayer that went something like this. “When I don’t pray nothing happens. When I do pray, some things happen. Maybe my prayers are not perfect but good things are happening.”
I loved the humble and genuine reflection this person had on their prayer life. Prayer and more prayer is a good thing. When we pray we can expect God to respond!