Camping Information for Parents
Introductory Keynote: "Return to Eden"
Scriptural Focus: Genesis 1:26-31, 2:18-25, Genesis 3
This keynote will bring the Genesis scriptures to life by “imagining” what it was like in the beginning for these first two human creations of God - what it really meant to be “naked and unashamed” and “to be fruitful and multiply”. We will look at the equal stewardship in the garden and then we move to the fall and the consequences that were suffered as a result of making the wrong decision - choosing their way instead of God’s. Decisions made by youth today “going their own way” will be shared and youth will be encouraged to look to God for guidance and to understand that God loves them and is in their blessings and in their consequences - God always has a plan!
Day 1 Keynote: “ADOLESCENCE - JESUS LEADS THE WAY"
Scriptural Focus: Luke 1:26-38, 2:8-14, 41-52
This keynote will set the stage for looking at the humanity of Jesus so youth can begin to understand that he experienced some of the same things they will be dealing with. We begin by looking at a teenage Mary discovering she is pregnant with the Messiah. How would a teenage girl react to such news? Parents? Joseph? Why did God choose someone so young? What was it like for Mary and Joseph to know they would be raising God’s very own son. We also examine Jesus’ adolescence with the purpose of helping youth to begin to see Jesus as their role model. The keynote stresses God has a special purpose for each of our lives if we will listen for God’s voice and look for guidance.
Day 1 Workshop: “THE MARVELOUS MALE”
This workshop will begin by defining terms about sexual orientations and then will take youth through the wonders of being the “marvelous male” by studying the male reproductive anatomy, puberty changes, and sexual response
Day 2 Keynote: “DISCIPLES LIKE CHRIST”
Scriptural Focus: Mark 5:21-34; Luke 10:38-42; Matthew 25:31-40
It is impossible to be a disciple if one does not know what Jesus actually did while he was here with us. Stories of Jesus' relationship with women, the Pharisees, the sick and oppressed, and the disciples are explored. Jesus' love for mankind and his acceptance of the outcasts of the world are major themes in this keynote. The power of youth to make a difference in the lives of others is also part of this presentation.
Day 2 Workshop: “THE FABULOUS FEMALE”
An in-depth look at the “Fabulous Female,” the reproductive anatomy, puberty changes, and female pride issues. We will also talk about how God's gift of sexual intimacy is to be enjoyed, and how conception, multiple births, etc. occur.
Day 3 Keynote: ‘FREEING THE OPPRESSED”
Scriptural Focus: Luke 4:14-21—Luke 6:17-19
This keynote focuses on Jesus’ “mission statement” found in Luke 4:14-21 where he reads from the scroll in the synagogue about setting the oppressed free and proclaims that the Scripture is fulfilled in their hearing. We look at Jesus’ ministry of healing and setting captives free and then the focus turns to the oppressed in our world today who are suffering as a result of human trafficking. Campers will be made aware of the statistics and the devastation of this world-wide practice, focusing especially on “sex trafficking.”
Day 3 Workshop: “THE DATING GAME— MAKING FRIENDS OR MAKING OUT”
Scriptural Focus: 1 Corinthians 3:16-20
This keynote will explore dating situations and look at dating pitfalls:
- One-on-one dating beginning at 16;
- The dangers of high school youth dating junior high youth;
- The mistake of forsaking friendships for romantic relationships;
- The dangers of spending too much time together alone;
- Drinking and dating - a dangerous combination;
- Defining date rape and abuse – Recognizing violent or controlling relationships;
- Peer Pressure.
“DEGREE OF AROUSAL - HOW FAR IS TOO FAR?”
Workshop presentation on Degree of Arousal will help youth understand the power of arousal and the importance of “drawing their line” before they are in a serious relationship so that they do not compromise their self-esteem or their relationship with God.
Day 4 Keynote: “SEXUAL INTIMACY, THE GIFT WORTH WAITING FOR”
Scriptural Focus: John 8:1-11
Through personal sharing, Keynoter will help youth understand the emotional pain and scarring that can sometimes occur when the gift of sexual intimacy is used outside of marriage. God’s forgiveness and renewal are emphasized throughout this session.
Day 4 Workshop: “THE COST OF BEING SEXUALLY ACTIVE"
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) This will be an in-depth presentation of the most common sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Symptoms, cures, and methods of transmission will be discussed, along with true-life stories of people who have contracted these infections and how it has impacted their lives.
Day 5 Workshop: “CONTRACEPTIVES”
This workshop will give youth an understanding of the concept of contraceptives and how they are utilized in a committed relationship to help couples plan the size and spacing of their families. The complexity of each method is explained along with the statistical information as to its effectiveness. Side effects are discussed and youth are shown that there are no contraceptives on the market that are risk-free.
Final Keynote: “THE DYNAMIC DUO - JESUS AND YOU!”
Scriptural Focus: John 13:1-17, Matthew 26:26-29 and Matthew 27:32-46
We will take an in-depth look at the last few days in the life of Jesus. What were Jesus’ thoughts as He entered Jerusalem and began preparations for his last moments with His disciples? This keynote will close with the promise that exciting journey the disciples walked with Jesus is now ours to walk.