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Why Church Camp Is Important!

I truly believe that every child should spend time at church camp during the summer - but them again - I'm a camp director. I am also a parent. As a parent I want my children to experience as many positive experiences as possible during their growing-up years. These experiences include, but are not limited to: Sunday School, 4-H, music drama, sports, travel, youth group activities, reading, school clubs, art, marching band and much more. What I appreciate most about church camp is it allows young people to encounter Christ, live in a community of like-minded peers, sing new songs, play games, tackle challenges, see new places, and experience adventures like rock climbing, backpacking and whitewater rafting. These activities teach life lessons and make for life-long memories and friendships in a Christ-centered, faith based community.

There are many opportunitiesfor our children and grandchildren to take part in during the summer – but none as holistic, and life-changing as church camp. As a result of a church camp experience we have witnessed many students return to camp in leadership roles, attend Brethren colleges, enter Brethren Volunteer Service, go into ministry as a vocation, and choose to work in service areas such as education & social work. This is exciting! This is why the Camp Blue Diamond staff is committed to outdoor ministry! Lives are changed, and leaders born. The teachings of Christ proclaimed. – Jerri Heiser Wenger

 

 

 

 

Summer 2019 Theme: Peace Works!

We know that Peace Works!  Peace is a prayer for some and a life’s work for others.  We pray for others to experience peace and we long for it ourselves.  Every culture has its own words and stories to describe peace and the work it requires.  Scripture is filled with these stories, and camp is the perfect place to share them.  Peace is not easy, but worth the effort because we know that Peace Works!

During the 2019 Summer Camp season campers will discover that peace is a major theme of scripture and that Jesus lifts-up both the path to peace and the power of peace.  Daily Bible studies will help staff and campers dive deeper into the teachings of Jesus and the Bible’s challenge to be peacemakers.  By exploring the conflict and paths to peace in scripture, campers will imagine themselves as peacemakers as they face the conflicts and brokenness of our world today.

  • Aloha: HOSPITALITY - The Great Banquet: Luke 14:15-24
  • Ubuntu: COMMUNITY - The Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-27
  • Shalom: RESPONDING to CONFLICT - Jacob & Esau's Conflict: Genesis 27:1-26
  • Agape: GOD'S RECONCILING LOBE - Last Supper & Footwashing: John 13:1-17
  • Heiwa: SACRIFICE for UNITY of ALL - The Great Commandment: Mark 12:28-31
  • Si Se Puede: ACTIVE PEACEMAKING - The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
  • Aloha: GOING OUT - My Peace I Give to You: John 14:25-27

 

 

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Camp Blue Diamond is a Ministry
of the 55 Congregations of the Middle PA District Church of the Brethren. The Church of the Brethren is a nationwide denomination of about 1000 churches and 125,000 members. Founded in 1708 in Germany upon the scriptures of the New Testament, members believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Holy Spirit is God's  presence in the world today, baptism must be a conscious choice made by the believer, and that believers should practice social justice, simple living, and peaceful nonresistance to violence. Camp Blue Diamond is also affiliated with the American Baptist Churches of the Centre Association of ABCOPAD (American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware). A representative of the Centre Association Churches sits on the Camp Blue Diamond Board of Directors.