What is Camp Sunday? Camp Sunday is any Sunday your church designates as a time to celebrate YCL at your church! This year we are suggesting March 10th to be Camp Sunday at your church but any Sunday during the year can be a Camp Sunday!
Here are some suggestions on how to have a Camp Sunday:
Dedicate an entire Sunday service to camp. Contact Lindsay Witwer, Director of Youth Camps (email@example.com) to come to your church and give a talk about the camp program and what is offered at YCL. Plan for all the songs during service to be camp songs. Have kids/youth/adults give testimonies on how camping has impacted them and their faith journey. Collect a special offering for one or all four of our camps. And wear camp clothing, t-shirts and hoodies and even set up a fake campfire (which can look as cool as a real campfire).
Dedicate part of a Sunday service to camp. Have someone from your church give a camp testimony, and sing at least one camp song. During fellowship time have a taco bar or similar camp style luncheon and help raise funds for camperships (scholarships to camp!) to send kids in the church to camp or for the general Campership fund.
Have camp literature available during a Sunday service. While we are slowly moving away from paper promotional material, it is still available to send to your church if that would be helpful. Contact Lindsay Witwer and she will make sure to get extra material to your church.
Show a video from camp during Sunday service. Go to our YCL Ministries YouTube page and show a video from our channel or visit yclministries.org for more information and resources.
Contact our Youth Camps Director to come to your church and speak during a Sunday service: Lindsay Witwer can come and give a brief presentation to your congregation. If you are interested in more than just youth camps, topics of rentals, short term retreats, and campmeeting can be discussed. If she is not available, ask if there are staff members or former campers that can come and speak on YCL’s behalf.
These are just a few suggestions, if you have more ideas, please leave them in the comment section below or contact Lindsay Witwer. Our camp needs your support and a Camp Sunday not only highlights the missional nature of our camp program, but also brings our camps to your congregation’s attention. Thank you for all you do for YCL Ministries!