Our Core Values
Our core values help provide the focus for our Ohio summer camp and retreat ministry.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Our staff here at Camp Otyokwah strives to live Christ-centered lives, fixing our eyes upon Jesus and following Him all the way to the cross. Our desire is that God permeate every area of our lives so that in whatever we do, we display Christ and demonstrate His work in us. Our hope is that all who visit our facility can sense our love for the Lord and leave here with a greater love for Him as well as a desire to walk more closely with Him.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Otyokwah means “where friend meets friend.” We seek to live this out by cultivating an environment in which everything developed within our boundaries is founded in Christ so that genuine, God-centered relationships are made with ease. We also believe that everyone who belongs to Christ Jesus plays a part in God’s redemptive story, and each serves a different purpose in order to build up the Body of Christ and to reach unity in the faith and knowledge of Christ. It is our hope and prayer that every camper and visitor to Camp Otyokwah will come closer to discovering the part they are to play in that story and realize that their participation is not only desired but necessary for the Body to function properly.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2a
We believe that transforming into Christ’s likeness is a continual, life-long process and fundamental to the Christian life. We also believe that the transforming person will look increasingly more like a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven rather than a citizen of the world. We strive to provide an environment where followers of Christ will further transform into His likeness and where unbelievers will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
We believe that the righteous life is the one lived with excellence. Therefore, we at Otyokwah strive for excellence in all we do. Not only do we as a paid staff expect excellence from ourselves, but from our volunteer staff as well. You can be sure that whether your camper is at the waterfront, the challenge courses, the dining hall, in the cabin, anywhere, they will be engaged by joyful leaders who seek Christ’s excellence in all they do.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1,4
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
We believe that God reveals Himself to mankind through his natural creation. We seek to uphold as much of the natural order and landscape here at Camp Otyokwah as we can in order to provide a place where individuals can marvel at God’s handiwork. We also seek to serve as a place of rest and refuge from the busy life outside. We desire that our visitors leave our facility with a better appreciation for God and His creation.