For decades, the Lutheran Camping Corporation has sought to provide meaningful experiences for Lutheran youth at the numerous church camps around the country. We, of Lower Susquehanna Synod, are especially lucky because we are surrounded by three different camping locations, all providing vast and various experiences for children, youth, and adults who want to get away from the hustle and bustle and connect with God in nature.
In order to better serve their community, in 2007 Camp Nawakwa, near Arendtsville, purchased 231 acres of land to embark upon an expansion of the camp. The new land has allowed Camp Nawakwa to provide more playing fields, a new adult retreat center, a new high ropes course, and many other opportunities for summer campers.
As part of our endeavor to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us, as well as stewards of the church’s future, we at Grace are joining Camp Nawakwa’s Seeding the Future campaign, to help them pay off the purchase of the new land, which cost $2 million. For the first four Sundays of August, there will be Temple Talks held at each worship service, so that we as a community can learn more about the camp, and the opportunities they provide for our youth. On August 24, we will be joined by Michael Youse, the executive director of the Lutheran Camping Corporation, who will share with us how each of us can support this campaign.
You might be wondering, “How can I participate in the new activities at Camp Nawakwa? How do I get my children or myself involved?” If you go to www.lutherancamping.org you can find all the information you need to get involved with the camping programs. Every week of the summer, Nawakwa has programs for children as young as kindergarten-age all the way through senior high youth. There are day camps, there are explore camps, there are camps for any age group you can find. There is even a week of family camp, where your whole family can go to camp together, learn about God, and connect with creation. Unique to Nawakwa is also a camp for adults 55+ who are interested in spending some time with other adults and connecting with their faith.
We hope that through this campaign you and your family might be inspired to give back to this wonderful program that is providing unique ways of connecting life and faith together in the midst of God’s creation, as well as getting excited about the possibility of getting to camp yourself next summer to see what all the excitement is all about!