It's a joy to see youth come to camp and watch them unloading the buses and vans. They know it's a time to have fun, meet new friends and hopefully be open to some life changes. In the summer of 1979, my life was forever changed during Teen Camp. That summer, I learned the importance of the Lord leading my life.
There are three key lessons we want every teen to hopefully learn at Teen Camp; commitment, faithfulness and trust. As they learn these three, may they be a part of Christ and His Church.
Commitment is an important aspect of a teen's life. The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy, who was a young man between the ages of 14-17, to be committed. "O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge." 1 Timothy 6:20 NKJV. Paul wanted Timothy to guard his commitment to the things that had been trusted to him. May teens learn at camp to guard what has been committed to them.
Faithfulness is another area that youth need to understand and practice. Youth need to be faithful to Christ and His Church. The writer of Hebrews instructs us as believers to be faithful. " ... not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25 NKJV. May youth have a strong desire to be faithful to God's House and His work.
Trust in a young person’s life is very important and is so needed. The question often asked is "who can we trust"? Solomon, who was a very wise man, inspires us to trust in the Lord. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV. Trust Him with the future, for He has a plan for everyone.
If you are a leader, make sure to keep these three as a guide when scheduling activities. One of the best ways to reinforce messages is through scripture. Therefore, a good idea would be to make small print outs of the above scriptures and pass them out during different times of your retreat and to also incorporate them into your worship message. If you need a little help with adding in the message, try a team building program. Many are designed to specifically teach those three things, both for the Lord and others.
This year at Teen Camp, may every teen learn the importance of commitment, faithfulness and trust. These three keys will help in every area of life as they face their tomorrows.