Summer camp is approaching! Imagine afternoons of fishing with a group of fellow campers, working on an art project with your family, and singing at campfire as the sky puts on a beautiful sunset display. Procter Summer Camp creates a place for campers to grow in faith, sing, learn, play and pray in the peaceful farmland of London, Ohio. A week at Procter allows campers to unplug from technology, live in the present, have fun and develop independence.
With camps for children, youth and families, there is a place for everyone at Procter this summer. At grade level camps, campers live in cabins with similarly aged campers and two college counselors. The morning program centers around Christian formation activities led by the camp staff and chaplains, grounded in the week’s theme. Afternoons at camp offer free choice periods of swimming and canoeing, games and sports, arts and crafts and teambuilding. The camp staff is trained to facilitate a space that is safe, where campers are included and every day is fun!
Family camps are open to all: grandparents and grandkids, godparents, friend groups, families of choice and nuclear families alike. The camp staff offers programming but the schedule is loose, allowing families to relax, recharge and reconnect.
We all know camp is fun, but what else does a camp experience offer? “Camp promotes community. It creates [a] space that shows kids how to live together and care for one another. There are norms and negotiation of boundaries; there are rules. Camp is a place where kids can ‘practice’ growing up stretching their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive muscles outside the context of their immediate family,” (The Case for Camp, Peg Smith, American Camp Association).
Camp teaches resilience, problem solving and creative thinking. Camp teaches us that failure is ok, and when we try again, we are buoyed by community support.
Camp creates leaders. A report from Lilly Endowment showed that the single greatest commonality between clergy and lay leaders in the church was a positive religious camp experience. (American Camp Association, February 2005).
Camp creates powerful lasting friendships. At Procter, we are intentional about sharing God’s love with one another and our campers; children and adults. We seek and serve Christ in all people with whom we interact at camp, modeling joy, respect and inclusiveness.
Be a part of the fun this summer. More information and registration is online at www.dsoyouth.org
Andrea Foote serves as Interim Camp Director for Procter Summer Camp. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.