Work Camp Q and A

So What Is Camp Hope? What Is “Group” Work Camp? What Is The Difference Between The Two? Why Are We Attending 2 Different Camps?

We have heard these questions a lot over the last few months, so as we approach the time of departure, we thought it would be nice to answer. Attending two camps this summer will allow us to branch out to meet the needs of a growing youth group. There are many younger youth this year and we wanted to allow them to have a work camp experience that really would encourage them in their service. Expanding the chance to experience a camp whose fundamental principles are the same but whose structure is different will allow us to expand our making Disciples in the youth group.

Camp Hope

Camp Hope is celebrating its 30th year anniversary. It is based out of Frostburg United Methodist Church and the campers are housed in the dormitories of Frostburg State University. It is a predominantly United Methodist based camp. The name of the camp is actually an acronym standing for Christian Appalachian Mission Project Helping Other People Enthusiastically. The homes that are worked on are in the Allegheny and Garrett County regions of Western Maryland. The camp runs for 4 weeks. Each week a different group of churches and campers attend. The average number of people attending a week is around 110. This summer, we will work on over 50 homes. That means that over 1,000 homes have been touched by this program throughout its history. Many home owners are ill or infirmed, widowed, handicapped, or are in some other way not economically able to make some of the repairs necessary on their homes. Each work team is divided within the church itself. So, we will be working with our own youth and adults. The day begins at 6:30 with morning devotions and breakfast, and concludes around 4:00. We travel to a variety of churches or community service organizations like the Lions Club for dinner each night. There, each church attending Camp Hope is assigned a night to lead vespers services. There is a spiritual life director who designs the spiritual theme for the week. This year’s theme is Extreme Home Makeover Camp Hope Edition! Thursday is a half day of work and a half day spent at Rocky Gap State Park and concludes with the talent/variety show. Wednesday is dinner on your own night specially July 4th this year. We will be attending our week of Camp Hope with several other churches, but locally Glen Burnie UMC. We depart at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 1 and return just around lunch on Saturday July 7.

Group Work Camp

Group work camp is quickly approaching its 30th anniversary. It is a nondenominational and international organization that welcomes youth groups from around the country to a variety of locations each summer. Each week holds about 400 youth and is run by its own staff. The emphasis is on growing a teenager’s faith through service to others. Traditionally, Nichols-Bethel has taken, and will continue this year, to take our senior high members of UMYF. The campers will stay this year in Reading, PA. Work teams will be divided with other churches. Participants are assigned to crews based on age, gender, and skill level. Homes to be worked on are chosen based on similar criteria as Camp Hope. A typical day at Group also begins around 6:30 with breakfast and a morning devotional program. Work concludes around 3:30 and campers return to the high school to shower and prepare for dinner. Dinner is served at the school followed by an evening program. Each youth group will have time for its own devotions and to discuss what is happening on their sites. Wednesday is a half a day of work as well and we get to go and explore all the wonders that Reading, PA has to offer. This year’s spiritual program is based on Renovation. We are very much looking forward to meeting fellow Christians from around the country and forming new bonds of Christian love. We will depart at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 24 and return after lunch on Saturday, June 30.

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