Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Friendship: Just One of the Aspects of the Power of Camp

Some may wonder why camp uniquely impacts young people. Just one aspect of The Power of Camp is friendship.

Psychologists have long believed that friendships help build confidence and self-esteem in kids. Camp provides a unique opportunity for students to build friendships that last a lifetime. Away from the labels that have been handed to them back at school, campers are free to be themselves and to experience new adventures with a new group of peers. In this setting, young people have the freedom to ask important questions about issues such as faith and their future, and to get honest answers from caring adults. And they get to share that journey with others who are on the same path.

Counselors and other campers help a student understand God's unconditional love and acceptance as they shed the burden of trying to measure up back home. I recently saw a post from a woman in her 50s saying she loved camp and was still best friends with a girl she met there when she was in elementary school.

Camp friendships are forged in an atmosphere of adventure and safety -- respect and trust – and, at CCCA member camps, in the context of God's design for each child.

Guest post by Gregg Hunter who is the president/CEO of Christian Camp and Conference Association. CCCA is an association of about 840 Christian camps and conference centers in the United States. Since 1963, CCCA's goal has been to maximize ministry for each member, as well as for job seekers, parents and church leaders. For more information about CCCA, go to CCCA.org or to ThePowerOfCamp.comwww.Twitter.com/GreggAHunter.

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