Plans for youth summer camps released

By Mac Overton

Three groups of the Churches of God have announced plans to sponsor youth camps this summer. Most camps sponsored by the United Church of God were listed in the Feb. 26 issue of The Journal.

Those applying for any of the camps are advised not to make nonrefundable travel arrangements until notified of acceptance.

Another UCG camp

The UCG has added Camp Heritage, at Farmington, Pa., to its list (see the Feb. 26 issue of The Journal for the main list).

Campers and staff will arrive Sunday, Aug. 10, and depart Sunday, Aug. 17. Age range of campers will be sixth grade through 1997 high-school graduates.

Fees for campers will be $135, with no charge for staff or counselors.

Housing will be in two-person scout tents.

Applications for campers and staff may be obtained through the pastors in the camp region. Additional forms are available from Darris McNeely, Heritage Camp, 20 S. Restin Rd., Greenwood, Ind. 46142; phone (voice or fax) (317) 885-8548; E-mail; Web site

Heritage Reservation in the mountains of southwest Pennsylvania is again to be the location for a United youth camp serving the U.S. Midwest and East. This area has played an important part in American history, notes UCG promotional materials. It was in this region that George Washington first experienced the taste of victory and the bitterness of defeat.

Heritage is a 1,200-acre Boy Scout reservation containing three scout camps. This facility will provide many outdoor activities that will challenge teens who want a full church-camp experience

A full range of camp activities will be offered, including swimming, canoeing, riflery, archery, tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, low- and high-ropes courses (for those 13 and older who have completed the low course).

Interactive Christian-living discussions will be conducted each day for all campers. The highlight of the activities will be an 11-mile float trip on the nearby Youghiogheny River.

Campers will stay in two-person scout tents on wooden platforms. Each tent will contain a bed and mattress.

Fully equipped shower houses are near each campsite. Meals will be taken in a modern dining hall.

CGI youth program

The Church of God International is sponsoring a summer youth program July 4-12, a backpacking trip through the Colorado Rockies for older teens and young adults.

The next week, July 13-19, will be Camp Challenge '97. The CGI began Camp Challenge in 1990. It is a summer camp and summer school on the church grounds at Lake Palestine, south of Tyler, TExas.

Besides swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing, volleyball, basketball and hiking will be classroom Bible instruction and a variety of other activities.

Applications for both events are available through Charles Groce's office at the Church of God International, 22525 Highway 155 S., Flint, Texas 75762.

CEM for youths

Christian Educational Ministries of Tyler, Texas, is planning a Youth Educational Adventures (YEA) camp for July 13-20 at Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner, Okla.

Cost is $125 plus a $25 refundable deposit.

Contact CEM for an application at P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791, or call Larry Watkins at CEM at (903) 509-2999.

Global camps

The Global Church of God, based in San Diego, Calif., will be sponsoring summer camps in Greensboro, N.C., and Alpine, Wyoming.

"We expect to fill up with Global youth, but will consider other applicants if space is available," said Global Church spokesman Larry Salyer.

The Greensboro camp will be July 27 to Aug. 10. Athletic activities include flag football, volleyball, softball, riflery, archery, swimming, canoeing and an obstacle course.

In addition, there will be classes in Christian living, speech and dance. Lots of time will also be set aside for cookouts and music.

Those ages 13 to 18 are eligible to be campers. High-school staffers must be 18 or older.

The camp will accommodate about 100 campers, 20 high-school staff and 45 adult staff members.

To request an application, send your name and address by letter, fax or E-mail, and state whether you are applying to be a camper or staff member.

Write to: GYC, P.O. Box 501111, San Diego, Calif. 92150. Fax (619) 675-2220, or E-mail

Alpine Wyoming

The Alpine camp in northwest Wyoming, 40 miles southwest of Jackson Hole, will be Aug. 3-15. Activities will include mountain biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, arts, crafts and more.

Campers may be 10 to 18, while high-school staff should be 16 to 18. College staff and faculty should be 18 or older.

To request an application, write Rocky Mountain Summer Experience, Ben Whitfield, P.O. Box 639, Rawlins, Wyo. 82301.

Tuition for each camp is $325.

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