This past Wednesday, Ramona and I drove down to Leesburg to visit our children and youth attending the Warren Willis Youth Camp. Trinity has had a long history of connecting to our Florida Conference Camping Ministry. This summer, Rev. Barbara Hynes celebrates her 20th Consecutive Summer of attending camp with our children and youth. Our new Children’s Director, Allison Corrigan is attending for the first time with Lisa Prasse, parent and Praise Band Director, accompanying our group of 35 Children and Youth for her second year in a row!
Camp has changed a bit from my early days as a Volunteer Counselor and Chaplain. Now the Cabins are all remodeled and air conditioned, “Singaree” with folk guitars and one microphone is now PTL (Praise the Lord Time) with a Christian rock concert atmosphere and stage lights! Chapel for each individual age group is held every evening and small groups meet during the date to reinforce the weekly theme and times of worship. Recreational offerings include Sailing, Waterskiing, Wilderness and Ecology Camps, an Appalachian Trail Hike, Art Classes, Interpretive Dance Class, and the list goes on…
Christian Education surveys inform us that the majority of children and youth make a life-time commitment to Christ at Camp! You can be proud that the United Methodist Church has one of the highest rated camping programs in the country. This week the Director, Mike Standifer, shared that we had about 500 children and youth at camp from all over the Florida Conference and an average of 5,000 attend (including day camp) each summer.
You can be proud that the Trinity’s Connectional Giving (Apportionments) support our camping ministry and that lives are being shaped into Disciples of Jesus Christ through this meaningful camping experience.