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Adventure Camp Taking It To The Next Level…

Canopy Tour & High Ropes Course…literally! Okay, I’ve never been much for cheesy puns, but I couldn’t help myself on this one.

Anyway, new for Summer 2011, High Point Adventure Camp will be stepping it up (there’s another one) with the addition of a Zip Line Canopy Tour and High Ropes Course. In case you didn’t know, a Canopy Tour is a series of cables and platforms between 10 and 60 feet off of the ground. Adventure campers will be harnessed to a pulley that rides the cable and will “zip” from platform to platform through the “canopy” of trees through which the course is built. There are 5 zip lines, with a combined length of over 1400 feet! Additionally, in the middle of the course, there is a “cat walk” that spans about 70 feet!

High Ropes Course

The High Ropes Course is an obstacle course containing 9 elements built 30-50 feet above the ground. Adventure campers will use a zip line to enter and exit the course, so you don’t even have to “climb” to get to the course!

Don’t miss out on the adrenaline rush of lifetime, sign up for 2011 Adventure Camp today!

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Adventure Camp, Summer

 

Adventure and Wilderness Camps

Let’s talk some theory and philosophy:

Now, to many of you out there, this may be boring and unimportant, but that is ok.  This is not for everyone.  I have just finished teaching a block course at NIU on Adventure Camping, and it made me, once again, consider why we do what we do at High Point Camp.

“High Point Camp exists to build up believers in the faith and to evangelize the lost in the context of a quality Christian camping experience.”  That is our mission statement.  That is what we do – at least, that is what we attempt to do.   In 1999, HPC branched out into our Adventure Programs  (Justin calls these A-Camps) and in 2000, we embarked on the camps first ever wilderness trip.  Why in the world did we begin these type camps when our regular resident camp was working just fine?  Well, lets talk about that for a few minutes.

All throughout Scripture, we see the wilderness and adventure being used to form, transform, change, develop, and instruct men of God.  From early in the Bible, we see God taking people into the wilderness to teach the lessons that He deemed necessary for them to learn.  Abraham headed out from his home into the mountains for what he thought was going to be the death of his son, Isaac.  But, instead, God used this desolate place to show his provision and promise.  In the beginning chapters of Exodus, when Moses fled from Egypt, he  ended up in the wilderness tending the flocks of his father-in-law.  God called Moses (through the burning bush) to rescue the people of Israel while he was deep in the wilderness.    We see God teach the Israelites many lessons in their 40 year trek through the desert, and although they were in the desert so long because of their sin, God used this time to teach them and to show them His great power.

The shepherd, David, was constantly in the wilderness while taking care of his fathers sheep.  He killed a bear and a lion while away from home, and what lesson did he learn?  He learned that his God was powerful and ready to save.  When he stood before Goliath, the lessons he had learned gave him great confidence that God would once again provide salvation.  In 1 Samuel, David was driven to the wilderness in fear of his life.  Saul was after him, and he would learn more about his God as he ran from Saul, lived in caves, and once again, was away from the luxuries of a home, town, and all that came with that.

In the New Testament, Jesus headed in the wilderness to defeat Satan though remaining sinless despite the many temptations.    He often withdrew from the business of His ministry to pray and commune with God in the wilderness or out in a boat on the sea.  Jesus showed the disciples  his power during a storm on the sea.  With the weather raging out of control and the disciples riddled with fear, Jesus commanded the seas to be still.

The wilderness was used throughout Scripture, as is adventure:  Daniel in the lions den, David squaring off with a bear and a lion, Jonah in the belly of the whale, Elijah and the prophets of Baal, Gideon and the 300 soldiers, the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, the disciples in the storm on a boat, and Paul shipwrecked, snake-bitten, and pursued by those that wanted him dead.  In all these things, the people involved were in the adventures of a lifetime…and God used these adventures to teach and grow those involved closer to Himself.

Why does High Point Camp run adventure camps and wilderness camps?  Because these two settings are so capable of putting people in positions where they are ready to learn and are ready to grow more into His image. When you take campers out of their normal, comfortable setting and place them in an unknown “risky”(or at least perceived riskiness) setting – learning takes place.

In the end, these different type camps are used to build up the believers in the faith and to evangelize the lost.

So, we will continue on.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2010 in Adventure Camp, Jesus, Summer, Teen Camp, Uncategorized, Wilderness

 

HPC @ NIU

One of the fun things that we get to do as part of our summer camp preparations is traveling to various colleges and universities to recruit counselors, operations staff, and other people to fill various spots in our summer staff.  It’s a great opportunity to meet people that are interested in camp work and could possibly serve with you the following summer.

Presently, I am at Northland International University.  Located in the frozen, barren, desolate, undeveloped land of northern Wisconsin – NIU is a tiny oasis.  OK – oasis may be an overstatement.  I had the privilege to come up a few days early and teach a block class in the camping department of the university.  Adventure Camping 325.  I had a great time with the students and I hope and pray that it was helpful for them as some of them head off into youth  and camping ministries.  On Friday night there was a required campout for the class.  We had fun sitting around the fire, roasting hot dogs, and discussing camp ministry.  As we headed to the tents for some shut-eye, the thermometer began to drop, finally coming to rest around the 31 F mark.  Needless to say, it was a cold night.  It was also cool to hear coyotes barking and howling all around us all through the night.  I think I heard them 3 different times.  (No one was eaten…)

(For those of you at camp this past summer – Khrystyne Khaliqi, Daniel Caughill, Nic Jaspers, and Vlad Vallejo all took the class.)

Tomorrow morning begins the official recruiting period at NIU.  I have already spoken to several people here and I think several will swing by the booth for an application.   Tim Bjorgen made a new video for recruiting this fall, and I think it will be a great tool to show future summer staffers what camp at HPC is all about.

Steve and Justin are heading to BJU in just a few days and they will be doing the same thing there…minus the teaching.  And, as the fall and winter roll on, other colleges, universities, and places of higher education will receive visits from the fearless recruiters of High Point Camp.  (Will you be one of the recruited?)

Wow – I need to track down some food…getting hungry, and then, I am still trying to find a way to call home.  (Apparently, Nextel has decided that it will stop cell coverage from about 2 hours south of here. I guess they feel the 3 people per square mile is just not enough customer base to mess with…crazy, huh?)

So – I am looking forward to seeing Jenn and Addison, but until then, I will do my best to get the cream of the crop from NIU to become the 2011 summer staff at HPC.

Adios – Tom

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Adventure Camp, Fall, Uncategorized

 
 
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