Lakeview Camp Mixes Leadership Lessons with Laughs

Date Posted: 7/24/2014

Middle and high school students from across the Conference have been enjoying the great outdoors at summer camp in recent weeks.
What happens when you mix 2,704 young Christians and 703 volunteers from 239 churches with trees, water and snow cones? You get an assortment of district summer camps amidst the picturesque backdrop of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, an organization that thrives on Investing in the Young.
Young campers from across Texas enjoyed the opportunity to learn about God and see Him in all aspects of Lakeview, from the overflowing Lake Lemons to the dirt of the gaga pits.
Each year, campers from 4th grade through incoming college freshmen attend district summer camp at Lakeview to become closer to God, make lifelong friends, and create memories that endure forever. The campers are divided into groups based on their grade in school.  These new friends become cabin mates and comrades in wild events and, ultimately, wonderful worship. 

During the week, the campers participate in activities to become better disciples of Jesus Christ, from Bible Study and group worship to individual solace. While in these activities, very often campers experience some call into ministry. Lakeview’s Brandy Kines notes that “Lakeview is fortunate to be the place where numerous pastors in the Texas Annual Conference have heard their call to ministry.”
Campers always enjoy the challenge course and pools, sliding down the Wet Willie water slide, and fishing or kayaking on Lake Lemons, not to mention game time, craft time, goodies from the snack shack and shaved ice from the snow cone stand.
Accompanying the youth to camp is one of the summer highlights for Rev. Dick White, First UMC Quitman. He says, “The North x Northwest District Senior High Camp had a spirit of community this year that is unusual for a group of people with different backgrounds and ages. We could visibly see campers that experienced spiritual growth through special worship services, fun activities and interactive fellowship.”
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center hosts youth from the nine districts of the conference within five camps that camp coordinators and directors organize. These camp leaders volunteer their time throughout the year to plan and execute an amazing and blessed week of camp for each child. These volunteers also work to ensure that each child who wishes to go to camp can do so as scholarships are available for children who cannot afford to attend a week of summer camp. (Anyone interested in helping a child attend summer camp, can contact their local church to learn about the various scholarship programs available.)
Bigger and Better in 2015
 Next year there will be something new for the campers to experience. Lakeview is currently in the midst of a $15 million capital campaign entitled, 'For Such a Time as This." The campaign seeks to fund new construction and renovate new projects of the Master Plan. With pledges currently reaching $7.2 million, Lakeview has been able to begin construction on the first project: a new dormitory complex. Camp Hearn and Bagley Hall, which will consist of 384 bed spaces, and a 400-seat auditorium is scheduled for completion before the 2015 Summer Camp.

To support the 'For Such a Time as This' Capital Campaign, contact Brandy Kines, Director of Development at 903-538-2711 or Lakeview's website at has additional details about the campaign and ways to give.