Lakeview Launches Adopt-a-Camp-Staffer Opportunity This Summer

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Support the impactful summer camp ministry in a meaningful way by adopting a summer staffer via prayer, encouraging notes or occasional care packages.
For over 65 years, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, has been hosting the Texas Annual Conference district youth camps and Texas A&M University’s Fish Camp during the summer season – which is completely dependent on the support, dedication, and hard work of summer staff.
Beginning in June, over 60 staff members, both local and statewide, will make Lakeview their home for the summer. According to President/CEO Matt Idom, these dedicated young adults, which make up the program staff, maintenance, housekeeping and kitchen crew, travel far from family and friends to be in ministry.
“A week at camp pulls campers from the craziness of their regular routine and many social pressures allowing them to think about their future, to evaluate unhealthy patterns, and build quality relationships,” notes Bradley Doherty, Lakeview’s Director for Program and Ministry. “This is only achieved with the help of quality staff.”
Statistically, kids spend on average less than 40 minutes in meaningful conversation with their parents each week. However, during summer camp, campers are given the time and guidance that allows them to consider some of the most important issues of life. “At Lakeview, our summer staff takes the time to help campers think through decisions and experiences in a way that will prepare them for their future,” he adds. “Doing so leaves our staff mentally and physically exhausted. The adopt-a-staff program is a way for them to be encouraged throughout the summer and helps them feel appreciated.”
Individuals or congregations can support Lakeview's Summer Camp Ministry in a meaningful way by adopting a summer staff person. By doing so, each commits to three things:
1. Pray for this adopted staff member daily.
2. Send notes and cards of encouragement.
3. Send an occasional care package.
“During the course of a summer, these staffers will invest in the campers in very meaningful ways,” shares Bradley. “This program is ideal for individuals, local
organizations, and church groups. We'd absolutely love to see all 60 of our summer staff members adopted.”
Fun Facts About Lakeview:

  • Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, recognized as one of the "Camps that Change the World" by the Huffington Post, sits on 1,300 acres in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
  • Lakeview was established in 1947 as the site for a camping ministry of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has been hosting life-changing camps for more than 65 years.
  • Lakeview offers the same fun-filled, life-changing experiences for adults of all ages through retreats, conferences, outdoor education, team building programs, and other venues, accommodating over 20,000 visitors and campers each year.
For more information regarding the Adopt-A-Staff Program at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, visit or contact Bradley Doherty, Director of Program & Ministry, at