For many of our 3rd and 4th graders, this will be their first experience away from home for an overnight stay. We know that’s a big step for parents and campers alike, so we want to share some stories of parents who have been camp ‘first timers.’ They know what it’s like to send their child to camp without mom or dad and the anxiety that might accompany the unknown. They also have been on the other side, and have seen the growth that comes from allowing their child to go on a retreat.
Heather Newcomer, a member at our Pelham campus says she was pretty nervous to send her daughter Hannah to camp. She says, “I was nervous about my daughter going away overnight with people I didn’t know. I was used to her being at home with me, or at her dad’s, but this was different! Talking with the children’s ministry director changed my mind. She reassured me that all adults would have background checks and she told me that kids had to stay in groups of three. I also found it reassuring that my daughter’s Camp Grace teacher would be her camp counselor. She loved her cabin leader and was already close with her!”
Heather says she hoped this time at camp would provide an opportunity for Hannah to grow closer to her teacher and her classmates. She also hoped this would strengthen her foundation of biblical truths and help her grow in her walk with Jesus.
Looking back, Heather recalls the impact camp made on Hannah’s life. She says, “Hannah connected with her leaders in a way she hadn’t before. She loved the whole camp experience. And even to this day, from time to time, she will still repeat the camp slogan from that summer — “It’s all good, even when it’s not!” The biblical truths she learned that weekend have definitely stuck with her, even 3 years down the road.”
Visit www.CampGraceWeekend.org for information about registering your current 3rd/4th grader for this year’s Camp Grace Weekend!