When it comes to youth camp, there’s a lot to get fired up about. There’s always a variety of entertainment, amazing speakers who get you pumped about the gospel, and not to mention, great food. It’s always a time of revitalization, relationship building, and just plain fun.
But youth who haven’t experienced it firsthand might have trouble picturing just how wonderful it is. It can be hard to get excited about something you’ve never been to. So here are some easy ways to get youth fired up about camp.
People, and teens in particular, are very visually driven. If describing youth camp isn’t working, try handing out flyers or posters that present the main events in a fun and exciting way. Some camps have promotional videos and pages specifically for this purpose. Those resources are there for you and for the youth in your life; don’t let them go to waste. And don’t miss the big idea of promoting youth camp; ultimately, you want teens to go so that they can go deeper in their relationship with God. Romans 10:14 says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” When you’ve tasted something as sweet as the gospel, how can you not promote it?
The best way to prove the worth of an experience is to talk about it. If you’ve been to youth camp, don’t be shy. Share funny stories, testimonies, anything and everything that you feel made your time at camp worthwhile. Encourage other camp-goers to do the same, as well. And don’t talk about camp as simply another distant memory of your past; remember how excited you were at the time, and allow yourself to be excited for the people you’re sharing with. It’s one thing to praise youth camp; it’s another thing to testify. When teens see that youth camp has a genuine impact on lives, they will be anxious to witness that impact in their own.
Offer Great Incentives
There are certain things about youth camp than teenagers just can’t resist. These things might include live music, an outdoor adventure (rock climbing and whitewater rafting are fan favorites), or simply the presence of their friends. Find out what makes the teen in your life tick, and connect it to something that will be happening at camp. Most camps will try to include a variety of activities to appeal to every type of teen under the sun. The ideal result is that people will come to know Christ as a result of their decision to come to camp- what else could you ask for?