Finding a Summer Christian Camp: The Importance of Knowing their Reputation

Many parents have enjoyed years of spending summers at a summer Christian camp, and now they want that same experience, and all the great memories that went with it, for their children.  These parents remember making important decisions about their lives with God and making great relationships at a summer Christian camp, so they realize the importance of formative spiritual experiences for young people.

As parents research their options they may hear of different camps, but personally speaking with people who know the current reputation of a summer Christian camp is one great way to find out if a camp is right for your kids.  Even if you may have attended a particular summer Christian camp years ago, things can change over time, including leadership, program philosophy, values and the quality of hired staff.

 So, it’s really helpful to find individuals or organizations that use the camp you are researching.  This is also helpful because getting feedback from people who have actually attended the summer Christian camp will provide unbiased opinions and will provide personal details camp staff may not share.

It’s fine to begin with summer Christian camp websites to view pictures and gather other facts and information, but if you have friends or family members, or can find others in your community, who have recently attended events at the camp recently, the feedback they can give you will be really helpful.

You can also contact the camp and ask for references and organizations that have used their facilities.  Knowing the church association the summer Christian camp may be a part of is also good.  This will help you understand the religious emphasis the camp has, and contacting the association may also let you know how they feel about this particular camp.

Knowing the reputation that a summer Christian camp has with local churches, individuals who have attended the camp recently, local community members, and the association they are a part of is one essential piece of information that will really help you as you work to make the best decision on which camp will best fit your child’s needs.

Knowing your children may very well have a life-changing week with God at summer camp is a wonderful reason to take the time and research what options are available to you and find out as much as you can about the reputations of these camps.

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About Mark

Mark Dubler has been a leader, host, and participant in camps and retreats for the last twenty years. He holds an M.A. in Educational Ministries from Wheaton College and is the Executive Director of Otyokwah Camp and Retreat Center, a Christian facility with a rich history of providing personal, life-changing experiences.

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