Friday, January 14, 2011

Camps and Retreats 2011

It may be cold where we are in Minnesota, but spring and summer will be here sooner than we think, and with them retreats and camps! For many young people, attending summer camp can be a transformative experience. Camp is a place to explore, to build strong relationships, to be yourself without judgment and even gain a sense of call. As we mentioned last year, up to three quarters of our church leadership has had significant experiences at summer camp. It is difficult to understate the importance of camp programs in the lives of young people.

We're blessed to have three different Lutheran programs that allow young people to think together about faith, gender identity and sexual orientation: Spiritual Pride Project, Wonderfully Made, and The Naming Project. The dates for Spiritual Pride Project and Wonderfully Made are coming up soon, so check them out now!

Spiritual Pride Project
April 1-3, 2011
Camp Lutherhill, LaGrange, TX

The Spiritual Pride Project is a new ministry that hopes to serve as a resource, a discussion forum, a community, and a sounding block for youth of all sexual orientations. More specifically, we are a weekend retreat where both sexuality and spirituality are seen as equally valuable gifts from God. It offers a weekend camp retreat as a safe, accepting and loving community where GLBTQIA (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Question Intersex and Allied) youth can discuss how their sexuality and spirituality are beautiful gifts from God. The camp accompanies youth on the faith journey as they celebrate and struggle with our faith, family, friends, school, relationships, and everything in between. This is still camp after all, so everyone enjoys God's creation and have a blast sharing our creative talents, playing games, and challenging each other. All people of all belief backgrounds are welcome!

Wonderfully Made
April 8-10, 2011
Bear Creek Camp, Wilkes Barre, PA

This is an opportunity for young people who identify as LGBTQ and their allies and who are Christian to come together and safely share worship; faith journeys and struggles; and enjoy fellowship with other Christian teens. The camp is designed for 15-17 year olds who currently in 9th to 12th grades who are lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/ or questioning and their allies and who are interested in discussing and understanding sexuality alongside their own spirituality and are excited to spend time with other teenagers and staff in fellowship, worship, games, Bible Study, crafts, and guest speakers.

If you have questions about the camp or would like more information, please contact Fred Wolfe at 215-387-2885.

The Naming Project
July 24-29, 2011
Bay Lake Camp, Deerwood, Minnesota

The Naming Project Summer Camp is for 15-18 year olds or those who have completed 9th-12th grades who are of any sexual orientation or gender identity or expression who are interested in discussing and understanding sexuality in terms of their own spiritual journey and are excited to spend time with other teen campers and staff while canoeing, swimming, hiking, singing, doing arts and crafts. This week of camp will give youth the opportunity to experience God's love and the care and support of community in new and incredible ways. Throughout the week there will be dialogue with staff and guest speakers, while enjoying the great outdoors and summer camp fun!

If you know any young people who may be interested in attending one of these camps, please share this information with them. That's what it's here for.

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