Camp Champion Exciting Time For YoungstersOct. 3, 2012
One does not have to venture far on the Lubbock Christian University campus this week in order to see a smiling middle school aged child having the time of his or her life. Camp Champion has been in full swing since last Monday and the camp will conclude its 2012 “Inneruption” of the summer on Friday.
Camp Champion is for middle school aged kids and it was started about 15 years ago in the early 1990s. It came about when the culture shift was occurring as this particular age group of kids was being faced with decisions during a critically formative time in their lives … a time that prior to that time period was only a thought as they moved into high school. The week is full of team building as youth ministers teach the classes and mentor the kids throughout the week.
The thrust of “Inneruption” (the theme of Camp Champion 2012) is to address an important phase in the spiritual growth of today’s youth. The camp is tailored specifically to nurture a growing faith and address struggles unique to this age. Camp Champion emphasizes spiritual values and self-esteem through interactive classes, devotionals and active learning.
“Camp Champion has been awesome this year,” said Josh Stephens, camp director. “The 155 middle school (students) have connected with each other well, had tons of fun, and most importantly, grown closer to God. It was an outstanding year.”
Lubbock Christian College began its legacy for camps in the summer of 1958 as they began hosting its famous “music camps” and a youth lectureship for high school students. For two weeks every summer young people were invited to live on campus, while engaging in Bible study, and vocal and instrumental music activities. Dr. Wayne Hinds started the camp and saw them as a way to introduce the school to prospective students, and the camps provided a summer job for the school’s faculty and staff.
Since the inception of those camps back in 1958, LCC, now Lubbock Christian University, has mastered the art of camps and Camp Champion has been the benefactor of that knowledge.
This week the Champion campers have had a full week of activities, including swimming, class sessions, games, worship time and simply making new friends and renewing old friendships. The bonding and the relationships that are built amongst campers, counselors, teachers and the camp staff are something that will last a lifetime and the relationships that are developed with God are obviously life changing experiences.