AWANA SCHOLARSHIP CAMP
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7, NKJV
Ah, some of our most cherished memories can be traced back to our summer camps, like roasting marsh mellows, swimming in a river, staying up late, meeting new friends, and spending time just being kids.
Our first encounter with Awana Scholarship Camp was when our acting Awana missionary invited our oldest son to go to Scholarship Camp in Sebastopol, California, and agreed to take him there. Tom went to camp every summer until he became involved in Campus Crusade summer projects. His younger brothers Andy and Daniel followed Tom’s example and attended camps in Southern California and Arizona and also convinced their church youth leader to attend the camps.
After all our sons had gone on to higher education, Daniel convinced us to apply to Scholarship Camp. We were accepted and were delighted with the opportunity. We served at camps in Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho. Pauline was a nurse and I (Jim) was a Bible teacher. We served under several camp directors as Utah Awana clubs were assigned to various regions during Awana reorganizations.
Pauline supervised kitchen cleanliness and food services, dispensed medications, and treated minor and major injuries (some of which required hospitalization). I taught Bible lessons using games, plays, and other creative teaching methods and also prepared clubbers for Bible quizzing. We both joined in many clubber activities.
Awana during this one week followed the Biblical tradition of total immersion in the Word of God in the Jewish household as described in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. The curriculum is “the Word of God which He commanded us.” (Deuteronomy 6:6)
Awana Camp provides a way,
Close to God a child may stay.
Through Bible teaching and ways to play
Help prepare for a future day.
Awana Scholarship Camp can provide great Christian growth for our youth.
What growth have you observed in a child who has attended a Christian camp?