Christian camp directors are passionate about fostering a fun experience for children and teens that ultimately points them to Jesus. But what about after cabins are closed, bags are packed, and campers go home?
Keys for Kids Ministries executive director Greg Yoder says he spoke with a camp director who expressed his concerns: “One of the challenges Kevin [Grifhorst] had at Pine Ridge Bible Camp was, ‘How do I keep the kids in my camp in the Word all year long? How do I stay connected with them other than inviting them back to camp every year? How do I stay connected to my [campers’] parents? How do I develop a long-lasting relationship?’”
To bridge the gap between the spiritual high at camp and the rest of the year, Keys for Kids created a unique resource called Keys for Camps! It has Keys for Kids and Unlocked devotionals as well as a letter and advertisements from the camp distributor.
Keys for Kids proposed Keys for Camps to several other camp directors at the Christian Camp and Conference Association in 2016. Yoder says the idea was received warmly. “About 90 percent of them said that they would sign up today if it was available!”
In the three years since, Keys for Camps has taken off as a program and grown exponentially. Last year, almost 100 camps signed up for Keys for Camps quarterly devotionals, including 30,000 kids and teens.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for kids and teens reading Keys for Camps to grow their love for Jesus.
- Pray for camp directors and parents to be spiritually encouraged as they pour into kids with the Gospel.