Welcome TO WORD OF LIFE We are so excited you’re here. Each year God does amazing things at ord of Life summer camps, and we can’t wait to see the life change that happens in the year ahead. We have big things in store in 2017! From engaging youth camps, encouraging family camps, and unforgettable memories to last a lifetime, the fun never stops at Word of Life. Whether you join us in the beautiful mountains of New York or the sunny beaches of Florida, we have countless opportunities for you, your family and your church to launch your faith and grow closer to God all year long. We hope you will join us for another year of incredible adventure, new friendships, tons of fun and faith-forming moments.
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED!
Youth and Family CAMPS
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WHY WORD OF LIFE A Camp Like No Other Life Change Lauren’s Story OUR LOCATIONS New York Florida YOUTH CAMPS The Ranch The Wild The Island Florida Youth Camp
Snowcamp Day Camp FAMILY CAMPS
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The Pines The Lodge Summer Big Nights RETREATS & CONFERENCES Florida RV Park Winter Conference Series Spring and Fall Retreats at The Lodge 2017 SCHEDULES Snowcamp Florida Winter Series New York Spring Retreats Florida Summer Camp New York Summer Camp New York Fall Retreats
WORD OF LIFE ? WHY
Our camps are unique experiences designed to help you LAUNCH YOUR FAITH , connect with God and others and have the time of your life. Why is Word of Life the perfect place for your next getaway? A CAMP LIKE NO OTHER
GOSPEL CENTERED Every aspect of our camps, from daily biblical teaching to caring counselors with a deep knowledge of Scripture, is intentionally designed to help students and families know God. Our faith is the heartbeat of what we do.
HIGH ENERGY & TONS OF FUN Summer boredom? Not here. All of our camps are jam-packed with unforgettable activities and programs to help you have the time of your life and make memories that last a lifetime. Your only regret will be having to leave.
COMMUNITY Camps are an amazing way for students and families to get away and connect with each other. Whether you’re spending time together as a family, reconnecting with old friends or making new ones, we foster encouraging and loving relationships in a place where you are safe, known and loved.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE With both family camps and youth camps for all ages, we have something for everyone. Within each camp, we offer a variety of activities, ranging from adventurous to relaxing, plus locations at the beach and mountains so you can get away to wherever suits you.
FAITH-FORMING The impact of camp lasts much longer than just a summer. At Word of Life, students and families launch their faith, helping them start or continue their walk with God that lasts a lifetime.
LIFE Though Word of Life Camps are fun and full of energy, they are about so much more than just summer fun. Our camps are designed to create experiences that allow youth and families to CONNECT WITH GOD IN NEW WAYS , no matter where they are in their spiritual journeys. Every year, we see INCREDIBLE LIFE CHANGE AT CAMP , as students are introduced to Christ, people grow in their faith and individuals and families grow closer to God and one another.
Lauren grew up in a religious home but nev- er really connected with God. Although she attended church and heard stories about the Lord, to her, He seemed to be a distant pun- ishing ruler, not a loving Father. In middle school, negativity and bad choices riddled Lauren’s life. Confronted with the choice between right and wrong, Lauren repeatedly chose sin as her friends cheered
her on. Slowly, lying, cheating, stealing, sad- ness, cursing, and anger became the norm in her everyday life, and God faded away to just a distant memory. “My life centered around sin,” Lauren said. “Although I went to church on Sundays sometimes, I didn’t know the Gospel.” One night, Lauren decided to join her small group of friends to sneak alcohol and drink together. After a few drinks, a close friend suddenly forced himself on her and took advantage of Lauren. “That was the breaking point for me. Before that, I was fine with all their sin… I was fine with doing all of the crazy things they al- ways wanted to do. But once that happened, I didn’t want to hang out with those people anymore. And it broke me.” Lauren cut ties with all of her friends, but the deep pain of what took place that traumatic night still followed her around and filled her with unbearable shame. When a classmate invited her to at- tend Fellowship of Christian Athletes at her middle school, Lauren felt so hopeless that she figured… why not give God another chance? During the meetings, Lauren’s new friends talked about their upcoming plans to attend a Word of Life Camp. Intrigued, Lau-
ren signed up with them for Snowcamp. “I kind of came for the games. I kind of came because I had no other friends, nothing else to do.” Although the excitement of fun and new friends attracted Lauren to camp, God had bigger plans in mind. “When I came here, it was crazy. I remember everyone talking about God as if He was your best friend, as if He was real. And I just had never believed that.” When all the young people gath- ered together for the first night of teaching and worship, the speaker excitedly called ev- eryone to hoist their Bibles in the air. Lauren glanced around… everyone had a Bible, and they even seemed excited to read it. “I thought… what is this?” Lauren laughed. “I didn’t know that people actually read Bibles.” Lauren’s counselor pulled her aside to share her Bible, and when the counselor opened it, Lauren was shocked at how many highlights and notes were scribbled and threaded throughout the pages. “And I thought, wow, you really love this God.” Overwhelmed with the reality that this God everyone was talking about might actually be real, Lauren responded to the in-
vitation that very first night.
“I don’t think I was really saved that time. I think I was just finally like, ‘Okay, God is real. I need to start living like God is real.’” Three months later, Lauren attended another Word of Life Camp, The Island, and when she felt God moving in her heart once more, she responded a second time. “I went down again, and that time I was like, ‘Okay, JESUS is real. I need Jesus to be my Lord.’” In that moment, the Lord’s pursuit of Lauren was fulfilled as she gave her life, fears, dreams, and hurts completely to Him. Lauren returned home with a heart on fire for the Lord. Each day, she searched for ways that she could glorify God with her life. Because of her faithfulness to His call, Lauren was able to combine her love for chil- dren and talent for playing the guitar to join the children’s praise and worship team at her church. “Every talent I have, I have been able to use for God in a way that has just filled me with so much joy, more than it could have anywhere else.” Truly God’s promise for redemption is never far from any of us. In His great love, He pursues us, rescues us, and promises us eternal hope… just as He did with Lauren.
Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, our New York camps offer sweeping lake views and plenty of outdoor adventure and peaceful places for relaxation. Whether you attend an action-packed youth camp or connect as a family at family camp, the biblical teaching, fun activities, engaging worship and beautiful setting are sure to help you launch your faith and create memories of a lifetime.
Located just outside of Tampa, this tropical paradise supplies loads of fun in the sun with exciting activities and easy access to some of Florida’s best beaches and attractions. Make your vacation count for more with God-glorifying worship, engaging biblical teaching and life-giving fellowship that launches your faith and helps you grow closer to God and others.
CAMPS YOUTH Word of Life Youth Camps offer overnight camping experiences for students ranging from elementary school to high school. Our children’s, middle school and teen programs are tailored to the needs of different age groups, and our dedicated counselors and challenging speakers encourage students to grow in their faith.
THE RANCH | GRADES 1-5
Give elementary students the chance to begin their adventure and launch their faith in a safe, fun camp environment. Children discover biblical truth alongside fun activities such as the climbing tower, swimming, horseback riding and a rodeo!
Located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, The Ranch is tailored to elementary students, creating a safe place where they can have adventures, learn biblical truth, and build childhood memories that will last a lifetime.
SPECIALITY CAMPS Soccer Camp, Horsemanship Camp, Basketball Camp, Baseball Camp, Archery Camp
$460 per camper $425 Earlybird if registered by April 30 $375 Super Earlybird if registered by March 31
THE WILD | GRADES 6-8
Venture into The Wild, where middle school students will explore and grow in their faith, all the while having a summer they’ll never forget at our camp in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.
High-energy speakers, music and activities give students the opportunity to learn biblical truth while having the time of their lives playing paintball, riding horses, boating, climbing the tower, skateboarding, making new friends and much more. At The Wild, students experience the unforgettable adventure of a summer away and growing deeper in their faith.
$485 per camper $450 Earlybird if registered by April 30 $400 Super Earlybird if registered by March 31
Volleyball Camp, Soccer Camp, Horsemanship Camp, Basketball Camp, Baseball Camp, Archery Camp
THE ISLAND | GRADES 9-12
Housed on a 49-acre island in the middle of Schroon Lake, Word of Life Island is a teen camp like no other. During a week on The Island, teens will have the adventure of a lifetime, make new friends and encounter God.
High-energy activities, including ropes courses, boating, paintball, sports, climbing walls, a 200-foot waterslide and much more, will make this a summer students will never forget! Meanwhile, students will hear from engaging speakers, experience dynamic worship, be encouraged by godly counselors and develop new friendships – all designed to help them connect with God and grow in their faith.
SPECIALTY CAMPS Wake Camp, Volleyball Camp, Worship Camp, Paintball Camp, Basketball Camp, Art Week, ADK Wilderness Adventure
$485 per camper $450 Earlybird if registered by April 30 $400 Super Earlybird if registered by March 31
FLORIDA YOUTH CAMP | GRADES 1-6 & 7-12
Give your students the summer of a lifetime in sunny Florida with an unforgettable camp experience that will impact their spiritual lives forever. Our youth camps are located just outside Tampa, Florida and give students access to sports, swimming, paintball, a climbing wall, tubing, arts and crafts, ropes courses and more. Each day, students attend high-energy programs with music, speakers, games and fun that teach them biblical truth and help them grow in their faith. With fun, high-energy activities, new friends, trusted counselors and defining faith experiences, Word of Life Youth Camps keep students coming back year after year.
TEEN CAMP PRICING
JR. CAMP PRICING
$370 per camper $340 per camper if registered by April 1 $203 per camper for Day Camp
$315 per camper $285 per camper if registered by April 1 $177 per camper for Day Camp
SNOWCAMP | GRADES 7-12
WHO SAID CAMP IS ONLY FOR THE SUMMER? Heat up your winter with the adventure of a lifetime that combines all the fun of a summer camp with a winter wonderland. When the temperature drops, the fun is just starting. Snowcamp, a weekend-long camp for teens, combines incredible winter sports with high-energy activities and engaging teaching to help ignite your faith even in the chilly winter months. Our lakeside winter camp offers incredible activities such as snowmobiling, ice tubing, hockey, sled races, an ice chute and the infamous polar plunge, alongside dynamic speakers, biblical teaching and the chance to grow in your faith.
$150 per camper $125 per camper if registered by November 30
WANT TO ATTEND CAMP, BUT DON’T WANT TO STAY OVERNIGHT?
We have day camps available at both our elementary and middle school camps — perfect for local families or students who prefer to sleep in the comfort of their own homes. You will get all the same amazing activities, awesome counselors, engaging Bible sessions and summer memories as overnight campers. In fact, day campers participate in camp right alongside our overnight campers – the only difference is where you sleep. Join us for a week or for the whole summer; there’s nothing better than waking up each morning and heading out for another day of action-packed, spiritually-forming fun! Check out THE RANCH , our elementary camp, and THE WILD , our middle school camp, on pages 11 – 12 for more detail about what each camp offers and what you can expect from Day Camp at either location.
PRICING The Ranch $330 per week The Wild $345 per week
CAMPS FAMILY Bring the family together to grow in faith and friendship at Word of Life Family Camps. From our family campground (The Pines) to our beautiful Lodge, we offer a wide range of adventurous and comfortable camping experiences where your family can get away, have fun together, and can worship and grow closer together.
THE PINES | FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Make memories your family will never forget at The Pines, a Word of Life family campground. Our 60-acre lakeside property in upstate New York gives you access to all that the Adirondacks have to offer. Whether you choose to tent camp, bring your RV or stay in one of our cabins, our campground is a fun, dynamic, friendly community where you can connect with God and each other. There’s never a dull moment, as you have access to tons of fun activities, from sports and day hikes to water skiing and a playground for the kids. Your faith will be challenged through daily teaching from Bible scholars, engaging children’s and youth programs and a summer concert series to help you grow in your faith. With something for everyone here, we guarantee tons of fun, new friendships and a life-changing getaway.
$75 off per site if registered by March 31* $25 off per site if registered by April 30 *
*Discount applies to FULL WEEKS ONLY. Not eligible on cabins or Lakeside property.
LAKESIDE $630 Champlain Standard Room, 5 People Maximum $720 Champlain Family Room, 7 People Maximum $1,200 8 Person Duplex, 8 People Maximum $1,500 10 Person Duplex, 10 People Maximum
$150 Primitive Site (No Water or Electric) $240 Tent Site (Water and Electric) $330 Full Hook-Up Site (Water, Electric, Sewage) $390 Full Hook-Up with 50 Amps CABINS
REQUIRED PROGRAM FEES $75 Adult (Ages 18+) $30 Child (Ages 3-17) FREE Baby/Toddler (Ages 0-2)
$588 Primitive Cabin (No Linens/Water), 6 People Maximum $642 2 Person Cabin, 2 People Maximum $732 4 Person Cabin, 4 People Maximum $804 6 Person Cabin, 6 People Maximum $978 8 Person Cabin, 8 People Maximum
THE LODGE | FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
The Word of Life Lodge, located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, is the perfect getaway for individuals, couples, groups and families seeking a retreat where they can grow closer to each other and to God.
From the main Conference Center to our Lakeview Lodges, the Word of Life Lodge provides sweeping views of Schroon Lake and the High Peaks. Our location is the perfect basecamp for your Adirondack adventure, whether you’re looking for hiking, boating, recreation or relaxation and refreshment. A stay at the Word of Life Lodge is more than just a vacation: it’s a chance to grow spiritually and connect with God and others. During your stay, you’ll have access to incredible biblical teaching and worship through our weekly speakers. Join us this summer for a time of relaxation, fellowship and spiritual growth.
$75 off per adult program fee if registered by March 31* $25 off per adult program fee if registered by April 30*
*Discount applies to FULL WEEKS ONLY.
SUMMER PROGRAM & MEAL FEE
$420 Ages 18+ $300 Ages 13-17 $180 Ages 8-12
$90 Ages 3-7 FREE Ages 0-2 SUMMER ROOM RATES
$450 Economy Room (Journey’s End) $540 Standard Room (Conference Center Double Rooms & William’s Motel Double/Single Rooms) $750 Deluxe Room (Conference Center King & 2 Queen Rooms & William’s Motel Queen/Twin Bunk Rooms) $900 Premium Room (Lakeview Lodges) $1,200 Norman’s Nest (Cabin) 3 Person Minimum, 6 Person Maximum
Go BIG this summer with incredible shows every Thursday night at our New York family camps. Our Summer Big Night series brings you the best in Christian comedy and music, right here in the heart of the Adirondacks. DON’T MISS OUR AMAZING 2017 LINEUP! SUMMER BIG NIGHTS
SUMMER 2017 LINEUP
The Skit Guys
David Pendleton Dennis Swanberg
CONFERENCES RETREATS & Press pause and grow deeper in your faith this year with a retreat just for you. Our seasonal conferences and retreats, hosted at the Word of Life Conference Center in Florida and the Word of Life Lodge in New York, offer opportunities for you to get away, relax and be spiritually encouraged through fellowship and dynamic Biblical teaching. With a variety of different themes and focuses, our retreats offer something for everyone, whether you come by yourself, bring your spouse or bring the whole family. Come be refreshed with us.
FLORIDA RV PARK
Spend your winters in the warm Florida sun while growing in your faith! Located just 35 miles north of Tampa, the Word of Life RV Park offers comfortable seasonal homes in a warm environment where Christ is honored and fellowship with other believers is literally in your backyard! Live in a community of people who believe like you do, get access to all of our conference programming, participate in ministry opportunities and enjoy our many activities.
Heated swimming pool Fine dining Bible teaching from some of the best Bible scholars in the country Concerts performed by top Christian artists Prayer meetings Christian fellowship Day trips to local beaches, deep sea fishing, baseball spring training, and the best theme parks in the United States Nearby shopping and excellent golf courses as well
RV Park residents have access to all conference center activities, including great concerts each season, exciting day trips and wonderful Bible studies taught by renowned Bible teachers.
OPEN | NOVEMBER 1 – MAY 1, 2017
FLORIDA WINTER SERIES
Escape the cold and join us in Florida this winter, where you’ll have a blast, grow in your faith and leave physically and spiritually refreshed. Our winter conference series, running from January through March, offers something for everyone with a different engaging speaker each week and exciting concerts each Friday night. Each day, we offer sessions in the morning and evening, where you’ll hear biblical teaching from some of the best Bible scholars in the country. Held at the Word of Life Conference Center, located just outside Tampa, our conferences offer a refreshing oasis for adults and families who want to get away and grow in their faith. In addition to the great teaching, worship and fellowship, a stay at our resort-style facility offers the following activties listed below.
Swimming Dining Other Fun Activities Easy access to local beaches, deep sea fishing, shopping, golf and the best theme parks in the United States
Make your vacation count for more this year. Join us for one or all of our amazing 2017 events!
OPEN | JANUARY 16 - MARCH 24, 2017
SPRING AND FALL RETREATS
Hosted at the beautiful Word of Life Lodge in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, our spring and fall retreats offer heart-pumping outdoor activities for adventurous souls and plenty of relaxation for those who want to get away and be refreshed. Enjoy our beautiful lakeside setting and a relaxed environment where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life and connect with God and each other.
With retreats for mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and many more, these spiritually-forming weekends are perfect for individuals, couples, families and groups looking to dig deeper into Scripture, strengthen their relationships with each other and be renewed in their walk with God.
PRIVATE GROUPS Want to plan your own retreat? With a variety of accommodation options and amenities in both New York and Florida, you’ll be able to create the experience you want at a price you can afford. To learn more about private group retreats, visit wol.is/private-retreats.
FLORIDA WINTER SERIES
JIMMY DEYOUNG & THE ERWINS January 16 - 20 ERWIN LUTZER & TIM ZIMMERMAN AND THE KING’S BRASS January 23 - 27 PAIGE PATTERSON & THE TALLEYS January 29 - February 3 TOM MESSER & ERNIE HAASE AND THE SIGNATURE SOUND February 5 - 10 TOM JOYCE & MARK LOWRY February 12 - 17 DONALD HUBBARD & THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY February 19 - 24 WENDELL CALDER & THE MARTINS February 26 - March 3 STEVE HAM & THE HYSSONGS AND SOUTHERN RAISED March 5 - 10 STEPHEN DAVEY & THE BOOTH BROTHERS March 12 - 17 RAY PRITCHARD & THE HOPPERS March 19 - 24
WEEK 1 January 27 - 29 WEEK 2 February 3 - 5 WEEK 3 February 10 - 12 WEEK 4 February 17 - 19 WEEK 5 February 24 -26 WEEK 6 March 3 - 5 WEEK 7 March 10 - 12 SNOWCAMP
MARRIAGE RETREAT March 31 - April 2 LAW ENFORCEMENT & MILITARY RETREAT April 7 - 9 MOTHER DAUGHTER RETREAT April 22 - 24 WOMEN’S RETREAT May 5 - 7 & May 19-21 SINGLE MOMS & KIDS RETREAT May 12 - 14 MAN CAMP June 2 - 4 SPRING LODGE RETREATS
FLORIDA SUMMER CAMPS
WEEK 1 FOR TEENS June 11 - 17 WEEK 2 FOR TEENS June 18 - 24 WEEK 3 FOR KIDS June 25 - 30 WEEK 4 FOR TEENS July 2 - 8 WEEK 5 FOR KIDS July 9 - 14 WEEK 6 FOR TEENS July 16 - 22 WEEK 7 FOR KIDS July 23 - 28 WEEK 8 FOR TEENS July 30 - August 4
NEW YORK SUMMER CAMPS
WEEK 1 June 25 - July WEEK 2 July 2 - 8 WEEK 3 July 9 - 15 WEEK 4 July 16 - 22 WEEK 5 July 23 - 29 WEEK 6 July 30 - August 5 WEEK 7 August 6 - 12 WEEK 8 August 13 - 19
SPANISH FAMILY RETREAT September 15 - 17 FATHER SON RETREAT September 22 - 24 FAMILY RETREAT October 6 - 8 MARRIAGE RETREAT October13 - 15 WOMEN’S RETREAT October 20 -22 & October 27 - 29 CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE October 31 - November 2 FALL LODGE RETREATS
Wi l l you j o i n us ?
We invite you to experience your faith at Word of Life this year! We hope you will join us for unforgettable adventures, life-changing friendships, dynamic teaching and worship, faith-forming moments and lifelong memories. Whether you come for a conference or camp, for part of the year or all year long, we can’t wait to see you!
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