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Crunchy Leaves. Steamy Breath.

We have had a busy and fruitful fall season here at HPC, and we are excited about the lives we have been able to intersect with by God’s grace. The first five weeks after summer camp were back-to-back rental groups that kept us on our toes, but we are thankful to report that many heard the gospel and many came to Christ. It was also a unique opportunity to see other cultures worship our God.

Along with caring for rental groups, we have begun the recruitment process for next summer’s staff, starting at Bob Jones University. Last week, Shannon and Gil had the opportunity of interacting with many students who showed interest in spending their summers serving in camp ministry here at High Point. Standing at our HPC booth, meeting individually with prospective staff, and reuniting with former staff filled their two days in Greenville. We are grateful to God for the opportunity as well as for safe travels.

Upcoming recruiting trips include a visit to Northland International University as well as Clearwater Christian College and others. As we approach the recruiting time knowing that God is already preparing hearts to serve him this next summer, we are reminded to be constant in prayer that God would direct us to the right individuals and that He would give the wisdom needed during the hiring process.

We are in the final stages of preparation for our two big fall events: FallFest and FamilyFest. FallFest, as was laid out in our last post, is a day of exciting activities for 7th-12th grade teens taking place on Friday the 16th of November from 5-10 p.m. For more information, visit our website. FamilyFest is the following day from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and will include festive fall activities for all ages. More information is located here.

We ask for your prayers as we prepare for fall festivities, winter retreats, and as we continue to raise support for our Pavilion Project. The encouragement and support of prayer is invaluable to us and we thank you!

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Fall, Uncategorized

 

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What’s Happening Fall 2012?

Summer Recap

Summer has flown by, and our busy fall schedule is in full swing. As we reflect on what God has done over the past three months, we are overcome with thankfulness to Him for the challenges, victories, and various opportunities He led us through as a camp. We ministered to a total of 1,431 campers over the course of nine weeks, 629 of which were completely new to HPC. Over 60 campers trusted Christ as their personal Savior, and many others also made life changing decisions. What a privilege and blessing to be a part of advancing the Kingdom of Christ in this capacity. We cannot begin to thank all who had a tremendous role in supporting High Point Camp through prayer, finances, and volunteering of time, and we want you to know that we could not be successful without you.

Transition Into Fall

It is commonly thought that when summer camp ends, relaxation begins here at HPC. However, since the end of camp we have been on the go non-stop with rental groups here running their own retreats. While we are not responsible for the program of these events, we are busy taking care of food service, lifeguarding water activities, cleaning and maintaining the property, and running the coffee and snack shops. With our summer staff gone, we find ourselves spread thin and occasionally short-handed. If you are available and interested in volunteering your time, either during the week or on weekends, please email office@hpcamp.org with the days and times you are available and we will let you know if and when we can use your help.

Fall Schedule

We are anticipating great things with our upcoming events this fall. Here is what to be looking out for in the very near future:

  • Men’s Retreat – September 7-8  – Men Ages 16+

For a weekend of dynamic preaching focused on godly manhood, join us for our annual Men’s Retreat. The event begins Friday evening, the 7th, at 5:00 through Saturday afternoon with guest speaker Bruce McDonald. Enjoy the fellowship of other men and experience a weekend of exciting camp activities such as a skeet shoot, home run derby, “closest to the pin” golf competition, zipline, and more. For more information visit the Men’s Retreat webpage. You can also register online for the event here, just select Register Online under the Men’s Retreat heading.

  •  FallFest – November 16 – Grades 7-12

FallFest is back for the fourth year in a row, and we are excited about another opportunity to celebrate the season by reaching out to teens for one night of campfires, s’mores, hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy, hot air balloon rides, sumo wrestling, dunk tanks, coffee, cider, and all things fall. The evening lasts from 5:00 until 10:00 and will feature a presentation of God’s Word by Josh Park. It’s sure to be a good time. Registration for FallFest begins September 24, but note that only one registration is needed for a group.

  • FamilyFest – November 17 – All Ages 

Take a break from the busyness of  school and enjoy a family day at camp in the chilly fall weather with all sorts of activities for the family. We’ll have everything from hayrides, bounce houses, and zipline rides to hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, hot dogs, and cotton candy. We would love to see you and your family for an enjoyable day at High Point Camp. All activities are free, so come and expect great things at FamilyFest, November 17 from 11:00-2:00.

We look forward to how God will bless and encourage His people  through High Point Camp in the upcoming weeks.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Fall

 

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Rain and Colors (or lack thereof)

It’s pouring at camp today, and from what I hear it’s supposed to do this all week. It’s actually a nice change. Definitely makes being inside behind a computer more justifiable. Maybe Fall is finally here. Leaves are definitely dropping, but I’m not seeing the colors I was hoping for. Maybe the colors are coming, or maybe I just can’t see them because I’m colorblind, who knows. While I’m on the topic, let me tell you about the epiphany I had this summer while I was in Israel talking with a friend on the trip, who is also colorblind. He started mentioning things he couldn’t see, and I realized those were the same things I could never see, but never put the two together. For example, I can never tell if I’m sunburned until it hurts, I can’t tell if meat is pink or red, and when people wear those stupid shirts with the colorblind test charts I always ask what their shirt means and they just laugh at me. Now I know why.

Anyway, apparently quite a few of you agreed with my post yesterday, so I’ll see if I can come up with some more. That last one was just so obvious that it made it easy. Guess I could always do myself, that seems to be an obvious one too.

Everyone at camp is busy working on recruiting stuff. Tim’s been helping me learn Photoshop and put together a pretty sweet Adventure Camp postcard. If you have any good ideas about promoting A. Camp, or even just the camp in general, send them my way. If I don’t get the A. Camp attendance up next summer I’m gonna get fired. Seriously.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Fall Is Teasing Us…

Yesterday morning I could see my breath…and I was pumped. This morning, I started sweating when I walked out the door, and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 90’s here at camp.
What in the world??? Apparently summer is making one last push before it surrenders to the inevitable rise of fall.

Not really a whole lot going on at camp the first half of this week, which is actually kinda nice since we’ve had back to back to back rental groups since summer ended. Basically, that just means A LOT of cleaning-Tom’s favorite thing to do. Speaking of Tom, he’s been in Canada on Wilderness Institude of Leadership Development (WILD) trip all week. I’m sure Ranger misses him. Just kidding Tom, the rest of us miss you too. Actually, Tom will probably never read this, so I might as well tell you all what I REALLY think of him. But Jesus wouldn’t do that, so I’ll refrain.

Since Fall is almost here we are starting to shift gears a little bit. Tom will be headed up to Northland to teach a block class and recruit, and then Steve, Caroline, Celeste, Finn, Grayson, and myself will be headed down to G’Vegas for the annual Summer Ministry Conference. While I’m on that topic, I just gotta get something off my chest, so bare with me. We “Joners” take a lot of trash every summer for where we chose to receive our undergraduate education. However, without fail, the group of counselors and op-staff from Bob’s World quickly rise to the top and establish themselves as the coolest and most elite summer staff unit of all time, every summer. But I digress…

Anyway, we’re looking forward to seeing all of you down at BJ and hope you come by the table to say hi. If you do, you’ll probably get a free meal out of it, if you don’t, we’re not gonna call you-sorry. Well, Caroline might call you, but I won’t.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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