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We are delighted that you’re considering one of our high-energy Word of Life camp experiences. Every summer we see God do amazing work in the lives of the students and families who join us in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York and on the sunny beaches of Florida – and we can’t wait to see what He does in 2019. At Word of Life, we believe fun is good, but having fun while growing in faith and bringing glory to God is even better. That’s why we work each year to plan unique experiences featuring speakers, activities and music that will provide new ways for families and young people to connect with God. Through biblical teachings, new friendships and strengthened family bonds, campers of every age make memories and have the time of their lives. SEE YOU AT CAMP! CRAZY ACTIVITIES. NEW FRIENDS. FAITH-FORMING EXPERIENCES. NON-STOP FUN. ONE HAPPY CAMPER.
WHY WORD OF LIFE TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Camp Like No Other Life Change A Day in the Life Our Locations Our Counselors
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Youth Camps Family Camps Information for Youth Groups 2019 Camp Schedule
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GOSPEL-CENTERED & FAITH-FORMING
TONS OF HIGH-ENERGY 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. The only bummer is when it’s time to leave.
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. The impact of camp lasts much longer than just a summer.
A CAMP LIKE NO OTHER
Our camps offer unique experiences that have been designed to help you grow in your faith and connect with God and others. So why is Word of Life the perfect place for this summer’s getaway?
COMMUNITY BASED 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 family camps and youth camps for all ages, we have something for everyone. Each camp offers a variety of activities, ranging from adventurous to relaxing. And with locations at the beach and in the mountains, you can get away to the place that best suits you.
WHY WORD OF 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. A PLACE WHERE LIFE CHANGE HAPPENS
“Through Bible hour, I’ve learned how to live an extreme life for God in a flat-lined world.” Sierra Gillette “I learned to put all your faith in God, to love others just like God loved us and to follow the path He gives you.” Mia Rosado
“I learned that even though I am young, God will still do great things through me.” Jordan Coon
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LIFE CHANGE STORIES
The moment we pulled into The Lodge, my heart just melted. From the young kids holding welcome signs to the warm and friendly check in at the lobby, I was overwhelmed by all the kindness and love we felt. It only got better from there! The week was amazing. We were so blessed by the speaker, the activities, the families we met – it was such a fun, safe and loving environment! We laughed, we cried, but most importantly we were loved. The entire staff was warm and genuine. The food was amazing and the activities drew us closer together. My 8 year old son accepted Christ during our stay, and there is nothing more incredible as a mom than to know my kids love Jesus. There is no place like Word of Life, and we are thankful to have a place to come as a family and grow each and every summer! Janice | guest at The Lodge
I got saved when I was very young. Three years ago I heard about Word of Life and really wanted to come to a week of camp. My church raised money so that I could come that summer. During the message one of the speakers told us that our time on earth is so short compared to our time in eternity with God. What we do here counts for eternity. It changed my outlook on Christianity, and I really started living for the Lord each day. I’ve now been to camp on The Island three times, and each time God has grown me and taught me in a different area of my life. I love looking back and seeing all that God has done in
my life because of The Island! Matthew | camper at The Island
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FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET, WE STAY BUSY! Every day at Word of Life camp is packed full of everything but boredom! From the minute you wake up until the minute your head hits the pillow, you’ll be surrounded by new friends and caring counselors, growing in your faith, having the time of your life and building memories in your new favorite place. No two days are the same, which means your week at camp will be filled with nonstop fun and plenty of make- your-day moments that will keep you coming back year after year. A DAY IN THE LIFE
RISE AND SHINE! Get ready to start an unforgettable day at camp. We’ll fuel up for a day of fun with a delicious breakfast in our camp dining hall.
BEGIN THE DAY IN THE WORD. After a quiet time that will allow you to relax in the beauty of nature and spend one-on-one time with God, all campers will meet for Bible Hour, a session filled with games, worship and an engaging lesson from one of our incredible speakers. LET THE GAMES BEGIN! With body and soul fed, we kick off the day’s adventure with an all-camp activity that is sure to get your heart pounding. (Think crazy fun games like Puzzle Run, Tumbleweed Toss and a Mud Pit!)
GRAB SOME GRUB. After a morning of working up an appetite, fill up on your favorite lunch fare before you hurry back to an afternoon of action-packed fun!
READY, SET, DO WHAT YOU WANT! Open afternoons mean plenty of time to compete in sports tournaments, run ropes courses, climb towers, relax on the beach, play in the lake, hang out with your friends, play disc golf or paintball, go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking… any adventure your heart desires can be found right in your backyard! DINNER’S READY! Time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it, the dinner bell will be ringing, signaling time to gather in community and share a meal with friends, new and old. ADVENTURE AFTER DARK. When the sun sets, things are just getting started at Word of Life. Evenings offer brand new opportunities to connect with God and others. At evening Bible Hour, you’ll dig deeper into the Word with another time of engaging worship and teaching. The entertainment each night features a different theme, event or activity, such as improv, lip sync battles, concerts, campfires, beach parties and crazy games. LIGHTS OUT. Retreat to your cabin as a peaceful silence settles across camp, allowing you to drift off to sleep –happy, tired, filled with new memories and ready to do it all again tomorrow!
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NEW YORK | Schroon Lake Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, our New York camps offer a sweeping lake view, plenty of outdoor adventure and peaceful places for relaxation. Whether you attend an action-packed youth camp or grow in relationship at family camp, biblical teaching, fun activities, engaging worship and a beautiful setting are sure to help you launch your faith and create memories of a lifetime.
FLORIDA | Hudson Located just outside 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 summer 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.
Our counselors are what make Word of Life camps so special! They help everyone have a blast, but also answer questions, care for, mentor and encourage campers in their faith. All counselors have completed at least one year at the Word of Life Bible Institute, an accredited, postsecondary program offering intensive Bible study and ministry training. So they are not only equipped with in-depth biblical knowledge, but they have also been trained specifically for camp ministry and each one spends time in the Word daily. Each counselor has learned, signed and abides by our child protection policy and is committed to providing a safe and fun environment in which each camper can flourish. Because we believe life change happens most effectively through relationship, we keep a low counselor-to-camper ratio to give counselors the opportunity to connect with each camper in a meaningful way.
YOUTH CAMPS 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.
DAY CAMP | New York & Florida Want to attend camp, but don’t want to stay overnight?
Day Camps are available at both our elementary and middle school camps. This is a perfect option for local families or students who prefer to sleep in the comfort of home. Day campers have the same amazing experience overnight campers have – participating in super fun activities, getting to know our awesome counselors, attending engaging Bible sessions and making summer memories. The only difference is where you crash after a day of fun. Join us for a week or for the whole summer. No matter where you sleep, 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 (elementary school camp) and The Wild (middle school camp) on pages 16 & 17 for more details about what each camp offers and what you can expect from Day Camp at either location.
DATES June 23 - 27 June 30 - July 6 July 7 - 13 July 14 - 20 July 21 - 27 July 28 - August 3 August 4 - 10 August 11 - 17
PRICING $199 per camper for The Ranch (week 1) $199 per camper for The Wild (week 1) $350 per camper for The Ranch (weeks 2-8) $370 per camper for The Wild (weeks 2-8) $244 per camper for Junior Florida Camp $270 per camper for Teen Florida Camp
GRADES 1-5 | New York Elementary students will begin their adventure and launch their faith during fun-filled days of activity and biblical discovery at The Ranch! They’ll not only discover and grow in faith, but they’ll also take part in amazing activities like a climbing tower, swimming, horseback riding and even a rodeo! Nestled in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, The Ranch is a safe and exciting place for campers to learn God’s desires for them, explore their relationship with Him and create memories that will last a lifetime. DATES Week 1 June 23 - 27 Week 2 June 30 - July 6* Week 3 July 7 - 13 Week 4 July 14 - 20 Week 5 July 21 - 27 Week 6 July 28 - August 3 Week 7 August 4 - 10 Week 8 August 11 - 17* PRICING $199 per camper (week 1)** $495 per camper (weeks 2-8) Early Bird $455 if registered by April 30 * Weeks 2 & 8 extra $45 off ** No additional discounts apply
GRADES 6-8 | New York Middle school students will venture into The Wild, where they can explore and grow deeper in their faith while having an experience they’ll never forget. High-energy speakers, music and activities provide the opportunity to learn biblical truth while playing paintball, riding horses, boating, climbing a tower, making new friends and much more. Tucked away in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, The Wild is a place where middle school campers learn lessons and create incredible memories. DATES Week 1 June 23 - 27 Week 2 June 30 - July 6* Week 3 July 7 - 13 Week 4 July 14 - 20 Week 5 July 21 - 27 Week 6 July 28 - August 3 Week 7 August 4 - 10 Week 8 August 11 - 17* PRICING $199 per camper (week 1)** $525 per camper (weeks 2-8) Early Bird $485 if registered by April 30
* Weeks 2 & 8 extra $45 off ** No additional discounts apply
GRADES 9-12 | New York Nonstop, high-energy activities combined with engaging speakers, dynamic worship, brand new friends and a closer connection with God make for the summer adventure of a lifetime! Activities like ropes courses, boating, a 200-foot waterslide and more pump up the adrenaline while students’ faith walk takes off like never before. Located on a 49-acre island smack dab in the middle of Schroon Lake, The Island is a teen camp like no other.
DATES Week 1 June 23 - 27 Week 2 June 30 - July 6* Week 3 July 7 - 13 Week 4 July 14 - 20 Week 5 July 21 - 27 Week 6 July 28 - August 3 Week 7 August 4 - 10 Week 8 August 11 - 17*
PRICING $199 per camper (week 1) ** $525 per camper (weeks 2-3, 6-8) $575 per camper (weeks 4 & 5) Early Bird $40 OFF if registered by April 30 * Weeks 2 & 8 extra $45 off ** No additional discounts apply
GRADES 1-12 | Florida Endless activities and high-energy worship programs make for an unforgettable, summer of a lifetime that will impact campers’ spiritual lives forever! Students will have access to fun-filled activities like sports, swimming, paintball, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, ropes courses and more. Located just 30 minutes north of Tampa, our camp offers two different camps, where students of all ages can have faith-defining experience. Exciting adventures for children ages 6-12 are offered at Junior Camp, while Teen Camp is an experience designed just for teens in grades 7-12. DATES Teen Week 1 June 9 - 15 Teen Week 2 June 16 - 22 Teen Week 3 June 23 - 29 Junior Week 4 June 30 - July 5 Junior Week 5 July 7 - 12 Teen Week 6 July 14 - 20 Junior Week 7 July 21 - 26 Teen Week 8 July 28 - August 2
PRICING $335 per camper for Junior Camp $390 per camper for Teen Camp
UPGRADE YOUR CAMP EXPERIENCE | Specialty Camps Is your child an extreme paintball fanatic or a world-class equestrian? Does he dream of being the next big NBA hoopster? Is her goal to set a world record for the most amazing wake tricks of all time? At Word of Life, campers can hone in on their skills and interests by focusing their Youth Camp experience on the activity they love most! Just add on the specialty camp of your choice when you register. Explore our specialty camp options below. Specialty camps are offered at all of our youth camp locations throughout the summer. Pricing of each specialty camp varies. Visit WOL.IS/YOUTHCAMPS for all the dates and details.
Basketball Paintball Sports Ministry Wake Worship Arts Worship
Archery Baseball Basketball Horsemanship Soccer
Archery Baseball Basketball Horsemanship Soccer
FAMILY CAMPS Bring the whole family for an unforgettable, life-changing, family-shaping week of Family Camp. Whether you’re adventure seekers who like to rough it or a family of glampers who like to camp in comfort, Word of Life has the camp for you! You’ll be able to get away, have a ton of fun and worship together as you grow closer to one another and God…and then do it all over again summer after summer.
ALL AGES | New York Make memories your family will never forget at The Pines, our family campground. A week in the Adirondack Mountains – complete with tons of fun at your fingertips, family-centered programming, weekly concerts by major artists and captivating speakers – will provide a life-changing opportunity to connect with God and each other. At The Pines, we have something for every member of the family. You can venture out to explore the Adirondack Mountains on day trips, take part in sports, games and exciting activities hosted at the campgrounds and hear from amazing speakers and artists who will encourage you in your faith. While we offer plenty of fun from dawn to dusk, it’s your vacation, and you decide how to spend it – whether venturing out on an adventure, participating in activities or simply relaxing with your loved ones. Whether you choose to tent camp, bring an RV or stay in one of our cabins, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a fun, dynamic, friendly community you’ll want to return to year after year!
DATES & SPEAKERS Week 1 June 23 - 27: HB Charles & Dwight Peterson Week 2 June 30 - July 6: Robert Morgan & Phil Moser Week 3 July 7 - 13: Mark Bailey & Mark Yarbrough Week 4 July 14 - 20: Crawford Loritts & Richard Blackaby Week 5 July 21 - 27: Erwin Lutzer & Corey Abney Week 6 July 28 - August 3: Ray Pritchard & Ron Moore Week 7 August 4 - 10: Willie J. Bolden & Jessie Johnson Week 8 August 11 - 17: John Barnett & Nathan Smith PRICING Prices reflect weekly summer rates. We serve three meals a day at Lewis Lodge. Meal plans and individual meals are available for campers at The Pines. Campsite $180 primitive site (no water or electric) $258 tent site (water and electric) $348 full 30-amp hookup site (water, electric and sewage) $390 full 50-amp hookup site (water, electric and sewage) Cabins $600 primitive cabin (no linens or water), six-person maximum
$660 two-person maximum $750 four-person maximum $816 six-person maximum $990 eight-person maximum Lakeside Cabins
$660 Champlain standard room, five-person maximum $750 Champlain family room, seven-person maximum
$1,290 duplex, eight-person maximum $1,620 duplex, ten-person maximum Required Program Fees
$90 per adult (ages 18+) $36 per child (ages 3-17) FREE for babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) Early Bird Special *Discount Applies to FULL WEEKS ONLY $25 OFF per site if registered by April 30*
ALL AGES | New York The Lodge is the perfect place to get away and grow in relationship to God and others. Located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, The Lodge has all the comforts of a resort with all the activities, speakers and concerts of our popular family camps. Nestled on a hill overlooking Schroon Lake, The Lodge offers comfortable hotel-style amenities and cabins while still giving you access to all of our amazing summer speakers, concerts and faith- defining experiences. Enjoy a private lakefront beach, an indoor pool and endless activities, including a weekly rodeo! And, trust us, with the home- cooked meals we serve, you won’t leave hungry. Breakfast and dinner are included in your program fees. Join us for a week or all summer long at this beautiful lakeside resort, where your family will grow in your faith and make memories that last a lifetime.
DATES & SPEAKERS Week 1 June 23 - 27: HB Charles & Dwight Peterson Week 2 June 30 - July 6: Robert Morgan & Phil Moser Week 3 July 7 - 13: Mark Bailey & Mark Yarbrough Week 4 July 14 - 20: Crawford Loritts & Richard Blackaby Week 5 July 21 - 27: Erwin Lutzer & Corey Abney Week 6 July 28 - August 3: Ray Pritchard & Ron Moore Week 7 August 4 - 10: Willie J. Bolden & Jessie Johnson Week 8 August 11 - 17: John Barnett & Nathan Smith
PRICING Prices reflect weekly summer rates. Summer Program & Meal Fee $420 for ages 18+
$300 for ages 13-17 $180 for ages 8-12 $90 for ages 3-7 FREE for ages 0-2 Lodging $450 economy room (Journey’s End) $540 standard room (Retreat Center double rooms and William’s Motel double and single rooms) $750 deluxe room (Retreat Center king and double queen rooms; William’s Motel queen and twin bunk rooms) $900 premium room (Lakeview Lodges) $1,200 cabin (Norman’s Nest; three-person minimum, six- person maximum) Early Bird Special *Discount Applies to FULL WEEKS ONLY $25 OFF per adult program & meal fee if registered by April 30*
BRING YOUR YOUTH GROUP
Thinking of bringing your entire youth group? WE SAY, BRING IT ON! Creating the adventure of lifetime and fostering relationships with Jesus is our specialty. And because we believe that fun is good but that having fun and growing in faith is even better, your group is sure to have a blast that makes an eternal impact. Our exceptionally awesome (and trusted) counselors guide campers through programs designed specifically to strengthen their spiritual foundation so they leave with the closest relationship with Jesus they’ve ever had. That means for this one week, you get to choose to be as involved in the activities as you wish – drop off your kids and enjoy some time to yourself or join in on the fun. Word of Life staff members run all sessions and activities, but we’d love to have you with us!
ACCOMMODATIONS We can accommodate groups of any size, and we do our best to make sure your entire group stays together and is housed together. All youth leaders stay at The Lodge or The Pines. Leaders with groups at The Island can stay at The Island Group Housing for $200 a week, which includes all meals. We also have plenty of space for you to park your buses or vans during your week at camp. Youth leader accommodations can be arranged by calling customer service at 518.494.6000 . Upon check-in, a Word of Life representative will provide you with directions for your lodging and meals. To register your group, visit our website WOL.IS/FAMILY-VACATIONS or call 518.494.6000 .
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THIS SUMMER!
2019 SUMMER SCHEDULE
FLORIDA | Youth Camp Teen Week 1 June 9 - 15 Teen Week 2 June 16 - 22 Teen Week 3 June 23 - 29 Junior Week 4 June 30 - July 5 Junior Week 5 July 7 - 12 Teen Week 6 July 14 - 20 Junior Week 7 July 21 - 26 Teen Week 8 July 28 - August 2 NEW YORK | Youth & Family Camps Week 1 June 23 - 27 Week 2 June 30 - July 6 Week 3 July 7 - 13 Week 4 July 14 - 20 Week 5 July 21 - 27 Week 6 July 28 - August 3 Week 7 August 4 - 10 Week 8 August 11 - 17 JOIN US
Word of Life summer camps create high-energy, faith-forming experiences for families and students of all ages. We hope you’ll join us to see what God has in store for you – we just know it will be the summer of a lifetime! It’s never too early to start making your summer plans. And remember – when you register by April 30, you’ll save up to $40 per week at our youth camps with our incredible early bird prices!
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