Pandemic Discipleship: Virtual Camp Araminta Nights
Camp Araminta continues to be integral to our diocesan discipleship of the next generation, even during a pandemic! This summer, approximately 30 leaders (mainly young adult counselors), coordinated and launched Camp Araminta Nights. Camp was held during the scheduled week, but virtually in the evenings. These counselors planned elaborate skits, worship, activities, and games for over 80 campers who joined us. Clergy from 7 churches participated and the cabin time following the teaching enabled deep conversation with campers.
Virtual participation enabled many first-time campers and churches to participate who had not been able to. It was a wonderful week together and the feedback from families has been overwhelming. For example:
This is just a quick note to say thanks for making Araminta Nights happen this year. I’m sure it was not an easy task to generate and coordinate all of the activities and events, but it seems like everything went off without a hitch. This was the first time my kids have been to anything like this and they really enjoyed the experience. The counselors and staff were amazing (and amazingly patient) with the kids. We’ll keep talking it up to the kids throughout the year, and perhaps they’ll be able to attend camp in person next year. Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication! (Parent of two campers)
Thank you so much for all the thought you put into Camp Araminta Nights 2020! I had so much fun having cabin time, worshiping, and listening to the sermons! I especially liked the skits and getting to know my cabin. Also, thank you very much for the bag of Camp Araminta goodies you sent!! I’m looking forward to seeing you at Camp next year! (Student, 5th grade)
Discipleship of the Next Generation here in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese includes resourcing and networking with parishes, who in turn come alongside families as they disciple their children. It also includes raising up leaders of, and for, the next generation. One of the most rewarding aspects of camp is watching former campers grow to be counselors and leaders within our diocese. This gives our leaders the opportunity to mentor and disciple others, which strengthens their own relationship with the Lord.
Thank you to everyone who helped with Camp Araminta Nights 2020 and to all our partnering churches. We look forward to SEEING you in July 2021! For more information on camp, please visit here.