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Year after year, youth camps are being organized in many parts of the U.S. While we have the Bible as a reference for our ideas, we know how difficult it is to come up with themes for your youth camp.
With various themes that you can possibly choose from, we put together a list of the most popular ones through the years and some that deserve more recognition.
15 Epic Youth Camp Themes:
1. EQ: The Emotional Quest
(Proverbs 25:28) – EQ is more important than IQ. Controlling their emotions is vital to their success in school and prepares them well for adulthood.
2. Friendships: Bonds that Last
(Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 17:17; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Hebrews 10:24) – Valuing friendships will go a long way into helping our youth obey the second greatest commandment.
3. Family Feud
(Genesis 37; 50:20; John 7:1-8) – Our youth need to know that they can make or break their family with their decision to hate their family members or to love them unconditionally.
4. Under Pressure: The Truth about Peer Pressure
(Proverbs 27:17; 1 Corinthians 15:33) – There’s bad peer pressure and there’s good peer pressure. Our youth need to know how to determine which is which. FREEBIE: We’ve planned out the Under Pressure: The Truth About Peer Pressure theme in detail for your here.
5. The Born Identity
(2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:2) Knowing their identity in Christ will develop their self-confidence and God-confidence. You may also refer to http://www.openbible.info/topics/our_identity_in_christ for a more thorough list of verses on our identity in Christ.
6. Inside Out: Being Pure Starts from Within
(Matthew 15:17-20; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20) – Being pure on the inside paves the way for purity in all their relationships.
7. The Flipside: Dealing with Acceptance and Rejection
(Isaiah 53:3) – The road to maturity goes through learning how to deal with acceptance and rejection among peer groups.
8. Crossroads: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do
(Proverbs 3:5-7) – When confused and unsure, the wisest thing to do is to lean on the Lord.
9. Preparing for the Future
(Jeremiah 29:11; James 4:13-15) – The youth need to know how to prepare and plan for a great future.
10. Trust Issues: Who Can You Trust?
(John 14:1) – Learning who to trust and when to trust will be one of the most important lessons a young man or woman can learn.
11. Frenemies: Defining Your Relationships from God’s Viewpoint
(Ecclesiastes 4:12; Romans 12:14-21) –When friends and enemies change faces in middle school and high school, it’s important to know who’s who and how to love them both unconditionally.
12. The Survivor: Overcoming Your Fears and Challenges
(1 John 5:1-5; Joshua 1:1-9; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Timothy 1:7) – The youth face many fears and challenges that we often ignore. They need to know that they are overcomers in Christ and what to do about it.
13. Love Dare: Waiting on True Love
(Song of Songs 8:4) – True love isn’t just something to aspire for but something to prepare for.
14. Engage Your Culture
(Matthew 9:9-13) – As Jesus engaged the culture and society that He was born into, our youth are called to be engagers of culture and not condemners.
15. Living for God
(Galatians 2:20) – If everything we do should be pleasing to God then we need to encourage our youth to live for the audience of one.
Thanks to Camp Aldersgate for making this article possible.