Love, Respect, and Encouragement at Kirkwood Camp: 300th Anniversary Mission Update

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration: Updates from Kirkwood Camp

The 2017 Summer Camp season at Kirkwood was one filled with laughter, songs, adventures, campfires, and prayer. Over the course of the summer, we welcomed over 300 young folks through our summer camp program and partnerships with churches. You can view a recap video here:

The amount of growth shown through a week at Kirkwood can vary from camper to camper, but there is a noticeable difference in all our kids at the end of their time here. In today’s day and age, kids are overscheduled, overburdened, and more disconnected from their peers, their families, and their churches than ever before. The negative identities children and teens form early on in their lives as a way of dealing with the world stick with them throughout their lives. This is a primary cause of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Through the use of the 300th funds, we were able to welcome 35 campers to Kirkwood who had never attended before. Mostly non-Presbyterian, these kids were able to live in a positive, Christian community for the week, learning and discussing the Gospel, having positive, new experiences to build them up for who they are—as someone who can sleep under the stars, be brave enough to go down the zip-line, or try their hand at acting during Joy of Creation week.

We look forward to continuing our trajectory of growth since the merger and continuing to use the 300th anniversary funds to share the good news with more kids—kids who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a Christian summer camp where they are loved, respected, and encouraged to be their best selves. Thanks be to God for the faithful of the Presbytery of Philadelphia who are making these opportunities possible through the gifts of the 300th anniversary.

Click here for more details on last year’s project and our Presbytery’s commitment to elevate education, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and work towards restorative justice.

KIRKWOOD JOY OF CREATION CAMP

JOY OF CREATION RISING GRADES 3-12

A camper favorite, Joy of Creation week will happen at Kirkwood twice in 2017! Experienced volunteers join us for the week to explore the fine and performing arts, including vocal and instrumental music, art, drama, guitar, journalism, outdoor living, and dance. This is your outlet to be creative with new friends and cool camp counselors. Bring your instrument, your voice, your creativity, and your love of nature for JOC week.

Sun-Sat, offered twice: 7/9-7/14, 7/30-8/5
$395 • $495 • $530

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

KIRKWOOD NIGHT OWL CAMP

NIGHT OWL RISING GRADES 6-12

Have an incredible experience at camp–after dark! Night Owl campers will stay up into the early hours of the morning, only rising for a hearty breakfast at normal “lunch time.” Explore, create, sing, play, hang out, and worship in the middle of the night, while sleeping in our cool platform tents. Rising Middle and High School campers: This is going to be one camp week you don’t want to miss.

Sun-Sat, offered twice 7/16-7/22, 7/23-29
$395 • $495 • $530

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

KIRKWOOD TRADITIONAL CAMP

TRADITIONAL CAMP     RISING GRADES 3-12


img_3949Join us for the week, and experience our vibrant camp community at it’s fullest. Fly down the zip-line. Make lasting friendships. Hike up to the ridge, with the opportunity to sleep out under the stars. Practice living the gospel, and have a blast while doing it!

Sun-Sat, offered 4 times: 6/18-6/24, 6/25-7/1, 7/16-7/22, 7/23-7/29
$395 • $495 • $530

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Kirkwood Camp Summer 2017 Registration Open and Summer Staff Positions Available

A week at Kirkwood can be crucial to the spiritual lives of young people—and registration is now open! Numerous site and facility upgrades and program additions have this poised to be our best summer yet. Registrations are filling up faster than usual, so visit kirkwoodcamp.org to start yours today!

If you know someone between 18-25 years old who would be a great addition to our summer team, we’re hiring summer staff! Send them our way: 570-421-8625 or [email protected]

Sunday, February 12, 2017 is Camp & Conference Ministry Sunday. The following elements of worship are provided as a template and a resource for your church to utilize as you plan and coordinate your Sunday’s worship service with an emphasis on outdoor ministries. We encourage you to invite campers or staff from your congregation or a director from your local camp to help lead worship.

Thank you for your support of these vital ministries!