Christian Summer Camps
As many of you and your children will know there are a number of organisations which run Christian Summer Camps. At Emmanuel we would love to encourage every child in our church family to attend a Christian Summer Camp. These camps are great fun and many children return year after year, some even continuing on as leaders, but more importantly the children are faithfully taught the gospel by wonderful Christian leaders who give up their holidays to volunteer. For many these camps are life changing!
All of the camps are Christian, but all are aimed at children of all faiths or none. A number of Emmanuel children invite their school or other friends to join them. These camps can also serve to really cement friendships within the youth groups.
The camps take place in the school summer holidays and tend to start booking in October/November. Places usually fill up very quickly.
The main camps that have been attended by children from our church family are:
Our strongest links are with:
CPAS runs camps all over the country for Pathfinders and Acorn age groups, as well as shorter, taster camps for Explorers. They are usually in boarding schools.
Emmanuel Explorers have attended Maidwell Taster, Morfa Bay
Emmanuel Pathfinders have attended Stanbridge Earls (now called Romsey 2) ,
Emmanuel Acorners have attended Quantock 1, Sparkford 1 and 3 and Bredon 2 (now called Oswestry 2)
Camp XL is run by a former member of Emmanuel, Jeremy Smith. Camp XL sets out to provide Christian holidays that specialise in particular hobbies and interests, eg sport, performing arts, surfing. The camps are mainly held at Camp XL’s Georgian Manor in the Worcester/Hereford border. Camp XL also offer a family Christian summer holiday called Grassroots.
Emmanuel Explorers, Pathfinders and Acorners have attended various Camp XL camps.
The Titus Trust is a year-round work supporting Christians and Christian Unions in specific Independent Schools with whom they have established links to Christian teachers and/or parents. They run Christian activity holidays for 11-18 years olds from these schools, aiming to both support Christians and to reach their unchurched school friends. The holidays are run under several different holiday groups:
Several Emmanuel Parthfinders and Acorners have attended some of these camps.
What to do next
If you would like further information about any of these camps, please speak to:
· John Adams;
· Robert & Linda Frazer for Explorers
· Phil Keen for Pathfinders
· David Berkeley for Acorn
We can then direct you to parents whose children have attended the camps that you are interested in.NB. If cost alone, would make it difficult to send a child on a Christian camp, please contact John Adams as there are funds available for such situations.