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Faith-based Camps Connect Faith and Fun

In the midst of a ‘total blast,’ campers consider invitation to follow Jesus

Camp Spalding campers get wet.

During its 60th season in 2017, Camp Spalding had its second best attendance with 1,667 campers coming over 10 weeks to its main camp and Pioneer Camp.  About 75 percent of campers return each summer.

Camps are based on age groups, with a maximum 180 campers each week. The camp is  affiliated with the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest.

“We hire 43 college-age summer staff who rotate as counselors and program leaders for crafts, waterfront, rock climbing and nature activities,” said Andy Sonneland, who has been the executive director for 27 years at this camp near Newport.

The camp’s mission is consistent: “It’s a place for children and youth to get away from their daily routines. In the midst of a week that is a total blast, the camp offers a chance to hear, consider and respond to Jesus’s invitation to follow. It provides a chance to think of what it would look like for them to live with Jesus, to follow him more closely,” he said.

“We see God at work each week of camp all summer long.  We are not arm twisters, but allow campers to make thoughtful decisions,” Andy said.

“Many campers make spiritual decisions. We don’t count the number of commitments, but create an opportunity for kids.  Over the years, a week at camp plays a key part in the spiritual journeys of many,” he said.

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