What is ReachOut?
ReachOut is a camp led by 7 high school juniors and seniors. They are elected each year by their fellow campers to plan the camp for the following year. The planning committee, or “PC’s” are these 7 youth, and they meet almost once-a-month for retreat weekends alongside two adult staff, the Deans. This is what makes ReachOut unique compared to other camps – it is with youth, for youth, and by youth. These PC’s lead prayers, worship services, large group games, devotions and other various activities throughout the week. This allows the campers to see their peers in a leadership position and sharing in their faith.
The whole week is based on a Scripture that serves as the theme verse. The Bible study and worship services surround the theme – for example, the Scripture for ReachOut 2016 was Isaiah 43:1-2:
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
The Scripture broke down into the theme Created, Called, Protected. The PC’s for 2017 will pray over and pick a new verse and theme for next year.
Where is it?
Lakeside, Ohio is a gated community that hosts us each year. We stay in two locations within Lakeside: the girls stay at WoHoMis, a two-story lodge, and the boys stay in HillTop House and Annex, two house-style sites. They are both within close walking distance to where we have our meals at Wesley Lodge and our central meeting location where most of camp takes place, South Auditorium. More information about Lakeside can be found here: http://www.lakesideohio.com/
Who helps run camp?
As you read previously, majority of the leadership in the camp is a group of youth called the PC’s. However, in addition to the two adult Deans, there are many other staff members who all volunteer a week of their lives to help campers grow in their faith journeys. Volunteers range from youth leaders who attend with their youth groups, former campers, and of course, many individuals who have a passion for youth ministry and allowing teenagers to find a place to strengthen their relationship with Christ. We are always looking for additional staff members to help out!
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