Summer camp is a place where we can be ourselves, deepen friendship and grow in faith. At Procter, we are able to learn our own stories: the stories of the Bible and our faith tradition, of our families and of ourselves. Camp is also a place where we can listen to who God is calling us to be, and the community that develops at camp supports that growth with love.

We are writing a new story at Procter with some fresh program offerings: Winter Family Camp was held in December, and this summer brings Leaders in Training (LIT) and Camp RISE, as well as our traditional and well-loved summer camp programs.

We have adjusted the schedule to allow opportunities for campers of all ages to attend at least two sessions of camp. I hope you’ll join us on the farm for faith formation, outdoor experiences, to learn about yourself and to share your own story.

Leaders in Training, which will run concurrently with Family Camp 2 and Session 5: 3-9th grade, is a ten-day experience in team building, skill development, leadership and community. Open to youth entering 10th grade through graduated Seniors, LIT campers will be in a cabin together with their own chaplain, go through an abbeviated version of our camp staff training program, then have opportunities for leadership during Session 5!

Camp RISE is for campers ages 8-18 who are grieving a relative’s death from drug use. Geographically, the Diocese of Southern Ohio encompasses counties disproportionally affected by drug use and overdose. RISE campers will have the opportunity to be in community among other campers with shared experiences, while they participate in all the activities Procter campers know and love, such as swimming and canoeing, arts and crafts, large group music, faith formation and campfire.

Additionally, three professional therapists will be on staff facilitating daily group therapy sessions. Two chaplains, plus a staff chaplain and two nurses complement Procter’s existing camp counselors to lead this new program. Our hope is that Camp RISE will help campers remember their loved one and inspire, strengthen, and empower (RISE) them moving forward.

The cost per camper is $385, however we hope to offer Camp RISE at no cost to families. Individuals or congregations have the opportunity to sponsor a Camp RISE camper. To sponsor a camper, or if you know a child or youth who should attend Camp RISE, please contact Andrea Foote, Director of Camp and Youth Ministry afoote@proctercenter.org

The Camp Staff application is open now, and camp registration will open February 1! For more information visit www.proctercenter.org/camp

Andrea Foote

Andrea Foote serves as Director of Camp and Youth Ministry at Procter Center. Connect with her at afoote@proctercenter.org.

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