2019 Youth Camp: Unbroken
 
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2019 Youth Camp: Unbroken

STATS at a glance: 

Theme:  "Unbroken"

Date:  July 16-20, 2019

Location:  Hellgate Campground, Canyon Ferry Lake - Group Shelter A & B

Campers:     107 kids

Staff:  52 (full and part-time)

Baptisms:  33 (staff and campers)

Commitments to Christ:  23

Scholarships Issued: 50 + (full or partial)

Staff in Training:  19

Budget:  $22,400

 

Highlights from 2019:

2019 was a milestone year. It marks a turning point as we transition to set up SEP Montana as an independent para-church ministry by the end of 2020.  Many thanks to Grace Communion International for being our ministry partners over the past years and all that we've been able to do together.

Staff In Training:  We had 19 teens enter our staff in training program this year!

Challenge: In early 2019, Jim Johnson, a longtime camp sponsor and GCI church member passed away. Jim and Sheila Johnson had been long-time sponsors of SEP Montana since we started in 2007.  Their busines, Waterfun Rentals, had provided much of our waterfront equipment over the years.  As a result, we moved away from some of our waterfront activities and began to integrate more non-waterfront activities. While we initially thought this would be met with disappointment, it was a very smooth transition.

Staffing: We probably had the strongest staff of any year since 2007. There was a harmony and peace about camp this year greater than we have ever experienced.

Campers:  We limited our dorms to 6 dorms this year.  We could have taken additional kids if we had additional staff, but we limited our campers to match the staffing/counselors we knew were available. This eased the stress load on the existing staff and provided for a better camp experience for everyone.  We would like to re-open dorms 4B and 4G to accomodate additional campers in future years as staffing is available.

Spiritual:  A highlight of 2019 was 33 staff and kids asked to be baptized, and 23 make a profession of faith in God.

Day Camp:  As camp ended, we began planning for our second year of SEP Montana DAY Camp which is hosted out of Living Hope Fellowship church campus in the Northeast Helena valley. We set the 2019 camper limit to 30 kids for this neighborhood day camp session.