Friday, June 01, 2007

Youth for Christ Roxboro Offers Summer Camps With a Difference

Seems like everyone has memories of summer camp when they were young. This summer there are plenty of day camps right here in Roxboro, seven of them offered by Youth for Christ Roxboro (YFCR).

Although specific activities vary from week to week, campers will be doing traditional summer activities like playing paintball, camping, swimming or learning to swim, doing crafts, riding horses, hiking, rock climbing, Bible study, canoeing, playing softball, with occasional games at the Warehouse.

However, according to YFCR Executive Director Tim Bowes, these camps will also be

different from other day camps. “We plan to keep these camps intentionally intimate, with

at least a 1 to 8 adult/child ratio. If we can get enough volunteers, we’ll bring that down to

1 to 5 because we want to build relationships with these kids that we’ll follow all year long.”

To that end, YFCR has hired 6 college-age summer interns to help YFCR Staff Tim Bowes, Sylvester Clay and Brett Carver run the week-long camps.

Each camp will have a different flavor; some have different ages. Only 25 campers will be in each camp; slots are available on a first come, first served basis. All camps except the girls’ volleyball camp will run Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students are welcome to stay at the Warehouse after camp is over except on Wednesday when the Warehouse is closed. The cost is $100 per week, with some scholarships available.

The first week, June 18-22, two camps will be going, a Christian volleyball camp for girls

aged 12-18 from 9:00 am to noon at the Warehouse. Cost is $70, $60 for siblings. Contact Sarah Clayton (597-2536) for more information. That same week, Carver will lead camp for middle and high school students.

The second week of camp, June 25-29, led by Bowes, is for rising sixth graders only. Week three (July 9-13) is only for middle school students and will be headed up by Clay.

We want them to have new experiences and try things they have never tried,” said Clay, YFCR staff member and associate pastor at Old Mount Zion Baptist Church. “Each activity

is designed to challenge them physically, socially and spiritually.”

Only teens in high school can attend the fourth week of camp, July 16-20, led by Carver. “We’ll be doing one overnight camping trip together,” Carver said, “so I’m excited.”

Week five (July 23-27) and week six (July 30-August 3) are for both middle school and high school students, led by Clay and Bowes respectively.

I guarantee campers three things,” promised Bowes. “They will be cared for, they will have a good time, and they will have a chance to draw closer to Jesus. Because camp is not just another place to have fun. It should add eternal value to their lives, and you can’t have eternal value without Christ.”

For more information, contact Tim Bowes, Brett Carver or Sylvester Clay at 503-9327, or email them at yfc@esinc.net.


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