Welcome to the senior program’s corner of the Camp Luther world. We are very excited about 2016′s week on “the hill” and hope you are able to join us. If you’ve never been to senior camp before, we’d be really glad to meet you. If you are a returning senior camper, we are anxious to see you again. Whether a veteran camper, rookie, parent, someone thinking about coming to camp for the first time or are just curious about us, below are some answers to what are probably the most asked questions.
What’s the senior program all about?
The mission of the Senior Camp program of Camp Luther is to bring young adults and staff into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives through an experience of Christian community and faith sharing in a camp environment. We try to accomplish this through a good balance of work and fun. This is the case for classes, afternoon and evening activities. Our goal is to take the lessons we have learned and put them into practice as we live, work, pray and play together during the camp week. More importantly, we want to teach our campers how to take what they’ve learned and experienced as active members of a Christian community back to their homes, schools and congregations.
Do campers have to go to class?
Yes, we do have classes after breakfast and before lunch each day. As you may have already read, this year’s theme is “The Jesus Way.” We have some great lessons and activities planned that will help campers recognize the many ways Jesus shows us how to live with one another. We’ll explore how we can to respond to this call not only by proclaiming our love through worship, but also how to actively and creatively express this God-given love to others through our actions. Our class time will incorporate large and small group discussions of the bible text for each day’s theme and practical application of these ideas through games and other activities that reinforce the theme. Some of the activities may involve video clips, music or puzzles. We believe that learning should be a fun, active and exciting process that both campers and staff participate in together.
What do you do when you aren’t in classes?
Possibilities for evening activities include things such as skits, dances, trips to the beautiful lake on the Camp Caesar property, scavenger hunts, Olympics, a hot dog roast with the junior campers, a tribute night for our graduating seniors, pizza parties and a few other surprises we keep up our collective sleeve just to keep some mystery alive. We usually try to finish our evening activities by 10pm to give the campers some down time to hang out and get to know each other.
After lunch, senior campers have free time (no naps, though) until we line up to go to our five o’clock news assembly. Campers can use this time to go to the swimming pool or craft cabin or take part in any of the sports events and activities taking place around the camp. There are basketball courts, baseball fields, four square and shuffleboard courts and a large front lawn that hosts soccer games.
What can I expect as a typical day in the senior program?
We do quite a bit of walking during the day so be sure to bring shoes that are appropriate. Depending on the weather, our Olympic field may get muddy so you may want to bring a separate pair of shoes appropriate for running or walking that you won’t mind getting muddy and wet. Also, the days can be hot and the nights cool since we are in the mountains so you’ll need clothing that is appropriate for 80 degrees and 50 degrees. The days at camp are long, and the accommodations are pretty basic (this means no air conditioning and bunk beds) but as we like to say it is the most fun you’ll ever have getting as tired as you’ll ever be. The daily schedule is subject to change, but this is a basic outline of a day at camp:
- 6:30am Wake up and prepare for the day
- 7:15am Line up to go to morning worship
- 7:30am Morning worship
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 9:00am Class
- 12:15pm Lunch
- 5:00pm Five o’clock news all-camp assembly
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening activity
- 9:30pm Evening debrief and closing worship or devotion service
- 10:00pm Free time
- 11:00pm Lights out inside cabins (QUIET free time continues outside in senior area until counselor on duty ends the evening)
If you have any other questions for us about the senior program, please feel free to contact us at:
Sgabbert3@comcast.net or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you in June, 2016!!
Steve Gabbert and Greta Christ, Senior Program Deans