EBTC Missions Camp

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The fun has begun at the Ervin Brown Training Center. The Annual EBTC Missions Camp began on July 7, 2014, under the leadership of the facilitators, Jamie and Jenny Mullen, who were assisted by Christy McCullough and a whole host of teen counselors and counselors- in-training. The 1st and 2nd grade students had camp on Monday and Tuesday of that week and they were followed by the 3rd and 4th graders who began camp Thursday and concluded on Saturday. The following week, the 5th and 6th graders began camp on Monday and concluded on Thursday, July 17. Not only did these children have loads of fun, but they had plenty of Bible study time. They had five children accept salvation in Christ during these two weeks which is the reason these leaders work so hard to make this camp possible every year.

A typical day for the campers is to arise at 7:30 for small group and quiet time which is led by student counselors. After their morning time with the Lord, they go to breakfast. When breakfast is complete, the children are led to the pavilion for the “Morning Show” where they sing, have silly activities and each day a “Camper of the Day” is selected. After that, the boys and girls are divided into separate groups and the activities are split. One group goes swimming while the other group goes to Bible class. During the Bible study, the children learn about mis- sions work. This summer the children learned about Saul/Paul and his missionary journeys. Much of the information used to teach the children during this time is provided by NAMB and they are able to learn about missionaries from our area who are serving in the field.

After the study, these students then have their crafts time in which they make crafts to take home when camp is over. Next the kids come back together and go to lunch. After lunch, the groups swap out and the group who swam in the morning will go to class in the afternoon and the others go to swim. Later the children have counselor led free time. The activities they do during this “free” time include paddle boat rides, fishing, bow and blunt arrow shooting, learning sign language with Hannah Lamb and learning to lead worship songs. Next the kids have “Squad Wars” which is an interesting team building fun competition. This is followed by dinner then corporate worship in the pavilion with speakers from area churches or missionaries, snack time and “Late Night,” which is group games. Lastly, the campers and counselors retire to the cabins to settle down for bed.

For parents deciding whether or not to send your child or children to camp next year, consider these facts: the leaders all have background checks and a genuine love for these children and their eternity, the student counselors are reviewed by watching their lifestyles during the year, checking their references and once qualified they receive training on how to share the gospel, the camp is greatly prayed over and Christ led. Personally, I can testify to the fact that the kids have fun. I could hear these precious children’s laughter from early morning til late night. One of the sweetest sights we got to witness was the student counselors standing out by the gates praying each time they were receiving new campers. When my family and I walked down to meet everyone we were joyfully welcomed and there was such a sweet spirit throughout the grounds.

EBTC Missions Camp is always accepting donations in any amount to help provide scholarships for children who are unable to afford the cost of the camp. Other than monetary contributions, gifts of craft supplies or blunt tip ar- rows or such are always welcomed by the Camp directors.

I want to encourage you to look them up on Facebook and Instagram @ebtcmissionscamp

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About Dennis Landrum

Dennis is the Director of Missions at the X-tended Missions Network.