Have past campers (all ages) gather pictures and camp stories and place them in an album. Then have the albums set out in a prominent place in the church for all to see and read what wonderful things happen at camp.
Fashion a natural worship center similar to those prepared in a camp setting. Use: rocks, sticks leaves, plants, branches, pinecones, seeds, shells, and etc.
Encourage members to wear T-shirts, hiking boots, jeans.
Have sleeping bags, tent, fake campfire and other camp symbols arranged in the church.
Serve breakfast to your youth and their families. Have persons (youth and adults) share their camp experiences.
During the opening hymn have children process to the altar carrying nature items. An adult should meet them at the altar to help place their items.
Place a counselor recommendation sheet in the bulletin. Have those interested give their sheets to the pastor, Send them to the conference director of camps.
Spread blankets on the ground or floor for worship and have a picnic with games, singing, and sharing of camp stories.
Have persons sell picnic lunch’s in an auction. Use the funds from the auction for camp scholarships.
in bulletins and newsletters.
The Camp and Retreat Ministries have speakers that are available to come to your church and share information about camps in a Sunday school, worship service, or with other groups.
Here is a list of people to contact to schedule a speaker.
The Annual Conference recommends special days to be observed by the churches through publicity, services of worship, and offerings. (Many churches include these offerings as part of the church budget.)
Camps Sunday is one of these special Sundays Promote camping programs in your church. On the promotion ideas link under the Camps link above you will find some ideas that will help you celebrate this day.
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