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reCharge student camp: 80-plus salvations, over $9,700 for missions

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reCharge student camp: 80-plus salvations, over $9,700 for missions

MIDDLETOWN, Md.—Over 80 students made first-time decisions to follow Christ, while scores of others rededicated their lives or surrendered to the call to ministry in what Doug DuBois and others describe as Skycroft Conference Center’s most spiritual student camp yet.

For the second year in a row, Skycroft and the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s Amped Ministry hosted the reCharge camp, for youth who have completed 6th through 12th grades, for three weeks in late June and early July.

“God did amazing things. I’ve never seen anything like it,” shared DuBois, Skycroft’s executive director.
Notably different in this year’s camp were three new opportunities: a leadership lab for student leaders; an intentional building of community within church groups; and an artistic approach to worship. Each of these efforts fell within the scope of Amped Ministry’s five core goals.

Develop student leadership, disciple and equip student leaders within the youth group

DuBois, who also serves as BCM/D’s student evangelism missionary, led a student leadership lab every morning of camp. Nearly 100 students attended the training, which focused on “Leading like Jesus.”
“I didn’t realize how much of a leader I was in my youth group until after I went to that first leadership meeting at 6 in the morning,” Malaney Foster, a senior from Purcellville Church, in Purcellville, Va., said. “I talked with a couple of close friends who were with me that day, and they opened my eyes to all these opportunities I had wasted. I honestly felt ashamed that I had abused and neglected this gift that the Lord had given me.”

Not wanting to waste any future experiences, Foster took her newly acquired training and applied it immediately to a missions experience she had in Asia following the camp.

“I applied the things that you taught us during leadership to this trip: having the heart, head, hands and habits of a leader. I prayed for my teammates, my class, the translators, and any other national that I met by name daily,” she explained. “The difference was this: the level of relationship that I myself personally experienced, and the relationship the team as a whole experienced was deeper than any we’ve ever known. And because of that we had the pleasure of leading a total of 20 Chinese students and translators to Him.”

High school senior Ross Cleveland, from Country & Town Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa., called the leadership lab “a huge eye opener.”

“Basically, it taught me that I don’t have to always be a leader from the front and be the ‘center of attention.’ To be a leader, I must guide other people in the right direction by being in a sense a Shepherd, who leads his sheep from the back,” he said.

“I learned I need to lead my fellow friends from behind to one day have them be a leader for their friends. That whole week I practiced my best on being a stronger leader.”

Cleveland said his experience at reCharge made him do “a 180 with my life.”

He shared, “The overall impact camp had on me this year is the fact that it has made me a different leader. A leader where I lead from behind and not the front. A leader with a new heart for holiness. A leader with new feet that has provided me with direction on my life. And a leader with new eyes on how I look at my future and people that I meet.”

Build strong relationships between the students within the youth group (and between students and the youth pastor)

Grace Schofield, event and program specialist for Amped Ministry, believes other factors also helped make room for God to move in the students’ lives. Rather than separate church groups throughout the camp, reCharge ministers designed events that brought the groups together.

Responding to feedback from earlier camps, the staffers organized activities, such as trust-building exercises, to help build community in each group.

For Dennis Allen, student pastor at Bethany Lane Church in Ellicott City, Md., that made all the difference.

Kelly Wilson of Bethany Lane Church learns to trust her fellow youth group members in an activity held during this year’s reCharge camp.

After 15 years of camp, he had this to say: “This was probably one of the best camps I’ve ever gone to.” For him, the “big thing” was the unity he felt among his students, which he attributes to the greater amount of time they spent together.

“Even the shy kids in my group were more engaged because they already knew their fellow students,” he said. “It was really cool to see our kids rally for one another.”

The leadership lab also indirectly challenged Allen.

“I’ve never done a lot with student leadership before,” he admitted, noting that a handful of his kids attended the early morning sessions. “But I can’t not do it now. Doug really gave them good vision and set them on a great path.”

Since the camp, the students at Bethany Lane have developed a “Buddy Ministry,” which pairs upperclassmen with new sixth graders joining the youth group for the first time.

At the students’ request, students now remain longer in the same small groups (for at least a month) before mixing into new groups, allowing for more accountability and relationship building. At the same time, the students are motivated to break up cliques within the youth group.

“It was clear that God wanted these changes,” Allen said. “This camp is something we will look back on and say that God started something big.”

Encourage personal responsibility in discovering and accepting individual callings and purposes for the Kingdom

Schofield also credits the spiritual climate to the worship team from Liberty University and to the campus pastor, Jeff Warren from Shreveport, La., who didn’t sugarcoat the truth.

“They were very unashamed about sharing the Gospel,” she said, a fact that reverberated throughout the camps.

To aid the students in worship, two artists—one who tended toward more abstract art and the other who painted more realistic scenes—painted while Warren preached.

Bethany Lane Church youth were “fixated on the painting” related to the story of Noah, painted during reCharge’s worship services. The church purchased the painting in a silent auction, where all proceeds went to mission causes.

The paintings were then placed in the Dining Hall in a silent auction with all proceeds to go to mission projects in Guatemala and downtown Frederick, Md.

“It was very cool to see the kids, who are visual learners, stay focused on the paintings,” Schofield said.
About the paintings, it wasn’t unusual to hear the students say, “I have to have this painting because it spoke to me,” she added.

Altogether, the youth groups raised $9,731.57 for the missions projects.

Allen said his youth were “fixated on the painting” related to the story of Noah. They raised nearly $400 to purchase the painting, which now resides in their church foyer.

But it was more than the art that spoke to the kids’ hearts. In Deep Questions sessions, students had great discussions that often spilled over into their free time.

DuBois shared how a student approached a staff member walking across the gym during free time. “I’d like to accept Christ,” the student said.

“No one had preached; this wasn’t a time of worship. This was free time!” DuBois said in awe.

Bible studies were also divided by age and gender, which allowed for deeper conversations as well.

“Everything that we did was very intentional,” Schofield said. “It was just a different way to operate camp.”

7 comments (Add your own)

1. Dika wrote:
It's the simple thigns in life and ministry that seem to be the hardest. Why is it the complicated stuff get's in the way of the simple. How many times have we heard our friends and in youth ministry (myself included too often) say thigns like, yeah I really to need to carve our better time for prayer and time in the Word that's not preparing for a Bible study. Probably because we were busy working on our cool new youth room, website, or special event. And then we fall into the temptation to do youth work like you suggested instead of ministry

Sun, June 17, 2012 @ 4:39 AM

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Mon, June 18, 2012 @ 8:39 PM

3. Amanda wrote:
Hello there I live in Maplewood. I am a cat owner, but my parents have a dog.In this case, I would reomecmnd hiring a dog walker. For two reasons:1. you don't have to cart your dog all over town2. you don't have to worry about your dog picking up kennel cough or any other disease (that happened to my parents, and it was devastating.)There are a few people who do dog-walking here in the Metro. Doggie-a-Go-Go1364 Hartford AvenueSaint Paul, MN 55116651-295-0152 main Harvey's DOG Walking Service(952) 926-81774340 Wooddale Ave Minneapolis, MN 55424I'm sure there's others too I know there are a few pet resorts in the metro, but that would be REALLY spendy if she wanted to drop off the dog each day.You could also ask your vet. They are a trusted professional who could refer you to people (maybe some of her patients' owners) who provide the service as well.

Thu, August 2, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

4. Abigail wrote:
what a great video. but i think you are right about how we maybe sometimes try to take the thgins that are hard and make them less important. like we get so many thgins that we think will scare away students so we try and not focus on them even though they are the thgins that are going to maybe help the stuents anyway

Thu, August 2, 2012 @ 9:05 PM

5. Betty wrote:
to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be deveriled over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.more evidence Luke 24: 30-49(read)

Fri, August 3, 2012 @ 3:33 PM

6. Merog wrote:
Hey Tom, I'm glad you liked it! I think we maybe to that too. I once heard a person say, Who are we to try and remvoe the hardships that God has placed in the lives of those we minister too. While I think we should still work to comfort and ease the pain of those who are suffering, we can go too far and try and take all the hard stuff out of following Jesus. Can you imagine what Paul or Peter or John would have to say about that?

Thu, September 6, 2012 @ 1:26 AM

7. Alhassan wrote:
My wife and I took one on a medical miossin trip to Bangladesh with 20 students. According to the girls on the trip it worked great. It worked so well that non of the guys ever got the chance to use it. I guess guys are supposed to be immune to cold water. The 5 gal. ones will work great for 2 people, and pretty good for 1-2 more. After that you are just using it to get wet and rinse off. They get plenty hot and we were very pleased. Walmart is cheapest (no big surprise) but I am not sure what they are going for this year. Approximately 20-25 dollars 2 years ago if memory serves correctly.

Sat, October 13, 2012 @ 3:18 AM

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