As this year’s summer ministry at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp (CSYC) has come to an end, I am pleased to share what God did there this year. First, we thank God for blessing us with a dedicated staff, strong ministry results, and an overall excellent safety report.
This was a record summer in all statistical categories. Praise the Lord! We were at capacity all summer long, and we are now studying the possibility of adding more camper cabins/beds.
Last year, Cohutta Springs Youth Camp had the largest attendance of young people of any camp in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and we will likely find that this was true again this summer. Camper evaluations confirm that our evening programs are strong, effective, and rate as the No. 1 favorite part of the CSYC experience. With an average of 620 teen campers per summer over the last five years, CSYC has more participating older teens, ages 15-18, than any other Adventist camp. We also continue to maintain camp accreditation and professional operations.
The success of this ministry reflects a massive Georgia-Cumberland Conference team effort, which includes each of you! So many of you are advocates who work tirelessly to make sure your youth make it to summer camp. Our studies continue to show that camp is extremely effective at inspiring right living and, most importantly, helping youth make decisions for eternity. Thank you for all you have done to make this a reality!
As we consider the cost for our young people to attend summer camp and the amount the conference is investing to operate a program of excellence, I think we can agree that it’s worth it!
It costs about $45 per day for a camper to come to this dynamic and Spirit-filled environment, where 90 staff members are praying and working together all summer long to help kids come to know Jesus. Camper fees become staff wages, helping our Adventist youth continue their Christian education. Yes, it is all worth it!
Many times it is a caring parent, grandparent, pastor, teacher, Pathfinder leader, or church member who helps provide campers with the finances needed to attend camp. Thank you for doing your part to make our tradition of summer youth
evangelism work so well!
by Rob Lang, Youth and Young Adult Ministries director