Time for Applications for 2013 Winter Youth Camps


The sixth graders have returned from their “Big Event.” Now it’s time for churches to mark the calendar and get applications submitted for winter youth camps planned in 2013.


Some of the most powerful spiritual growth occurs at youth camp, when students are challenged about life and God in age-specific ways and youth-oriented environments. To Invest in the Young, The Texas Annual Conference provides a year-long calendar of youth events, trainings and camps for all ages. Read these highlights of the recent 6th grade camp and details on how to prepare for several youth camps planned for 2013.


The BIG EVENT in November

It’s called the “Big Event” for a reason. On November 2-4, 80 sixth graders from 9 churches representing 5 districts from across the Texas Annual Conference invaded Forest Glen Christian Camp near Huntsville.  Special thanks to Eddie Erwin of Lakewood UMC and Tiffin Wilsford from St. Paul’s UMC who ran the program, and Becca Hyde ,First UMC-Katy who served as guest speaker. The photos tell the rest of the story.


SET APART in February

Two different bands, two different speakers, two great weekends to choose from! “February will bring two ‘don’t-miss’ events for Texas Annual Conference youth to choose between,” notes Youth/Young Adult Ministry Leader Thera Freeman. The theme for the camps was chosen based on the words in Micah 6:8:

8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.


Junior high and high school students at both 2013 Ignite Youth Camps will follow curriculum developed by Meredith Wende on the prophets, in their small group discussions.


High school students attending Ignite Camp on February 15-17 will enjoy 1) the amenities of Forest Glen retreat center, 2) the music of Gatlin Elms, and 3) the inspirational words of Adam Mustoe. Adam, an associate pastor at Living Word UMC in Missouri, loves reading, cycling, football, gaming, watching Star Trek – and he truly loves taking students on mission trips. Houston group Gatlin Elms emerged on the indie scene with a debut album called Carry Me Home, focusing on the emotions of life’s struggles.


Junior High students will witness the incredible strength of Stephen Mackey and enjoy the music of Austin Kincannon. Team Impact travels the globe speaking a message of hope and inspiration through unique demonstrations of physical power.


The February 22-24 campers will go to Lakeview. High schoolers will hear speaker Jamison Doehring and the music of Broken and Perfect. Jamison, an associate pastor of A&M UMC, graduated from Texas A&M and Duke Divinity School. Junior high students will hear the music of Lance Scott and inspirational comments from Doug Wintermute, associate pastor of Greggton UMC.


Forms and additional information available at: www.txcumc.org/camping.