Kids Summer Camp for Ages 8 - 11
Wagon Train is a fun, rustic summer camp for kids age 8-11 years old, entering 3rd through 6th grades. This Old West experience includes sleeping in a real covered wagon, learning Archery and BB guns, riding canoes and kayaks around the pond and exploring Fort Logan (our three story island fort) . But the fun doesn’t stop there! Camp-wide recreation games like Capture the Flag, the Water Carnival and our awesome night game Stampede will have you talking about camp for years to come. You’ll also sit around a campfire singing worship songs, memorize scripture, watch amazing skits about the Bible performed by the Wagon Train staff and hear each morning and evening the Good News of Jesus and his love for us. I almost forgot to mention: D&G tag, Chipmonk rappelling rock, Trading Post, and a tree house fit for a king: Burnside Manor. You’ll experience all this and more, like great food, friends and fun.
Introducing Wagon Master Tell
We are thrilled to introduce Wagon Master Tell, as our Children’s Ministry Director. He comes to us from Auberry, California with many years of Hume and ministry experience. Tell has grown up coming to Hume Lake with his family and spent the last five years working with us in various capacities. He served with us as a Summer Counseling Staff member as well as seasonal staff for Meadow Ranch, Winter Camp, Outdoor Education/Spiritual Emphasis and at our Hume New England site. He spent several years working with Youth For Christ as well as missionary work overseas for 18 months and looks forward to completing his degree in Religion from Liberty University within the next year. His passion for ministry and his love for outdoor adventure fits seamlessly with our Wagon Train camp and Wagon Master Tell looks forward to meeting you and your campers this summer!
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Wagon Master Tell
THEME TITLE | “Rise’n Shine”
We live in a world that is not the way God wanted it to be. The prophet Elijah also experienced ungodliness happening all around him yet chose to hold tight to God’s Word, even though it wasn’t popular. This summer, join us as we take a look at the life of Elijah and the challenge to “rise ‘n shine” and proclaim God’s truth even when it’s not easy.
1 Kings 18:37a – “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God.”
What can I expect at a Hume camp?
CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE
The gospel isn’t merely one ingredient in our programming mix. It’s the reason for everything we do. Wagon Train staff know teenagers as well as their bibles. They unwrap and animate God’s truth in ways that connect with students.
Campers will hear the gospel of Jesus in chapels and through skits, letting it sink in during all those unscripted moments with friends and counselors that a Wagon Train camping experience provides.
Campfire worship, morning prayer, and marveling at God’s creation. Hume nurtures the attitude of worship from sunrise to sunset. Just step out of your wagon, and you can’t help but acknowledge God here in the midst of His majestic creation.
Daily quiet times, small-group discussions, and camp-wide sing alongs—you’ll have plenty of options for exalting the lord. For listening to him, too. (It helps that distractions are few here—no phones or ipods, for instance.)
And our musicians are selected for their giftedness in showing campers the joy of being in the presence of the lord.
For an hour a day, we let kids be kids. We call it recreation. The high-energy, innovative games at Wagon Train give campers an outlet for their energy, while providing counselors a chance to encourage team-building and leadership skills.
It is a place of great natural beauty, with warm bright summer days, cool starry nights, crisp colorful autumns, cold snowy winters, sparkling water, and woodsy wilderness surroundings.
Hume Lake’s expansive acreage and comfortable facilities in the Sequoia National Forest provide dynamic and powerful opportunities for Christian growth and fellowship in a setting rich with potential for outdoor enjoyment, challenge, recreation, and relaxation.
Wagon Train has an arsenal of age-appropriate activities for you and your students. Each afternoon during free-time they will enjoy traditional camp favorites as well as exciting new activities—all within walking distance!
All Wagon Train activities included in the cost of camp. This includes: Rappelling, BB, Archery, Swimming Pool, one craft during Craft Time, all games and much more.
The theme is a creative and practical link between the fun, entertaining aspects of camp and our presentation of the Gospel. While we believe that the theme is a critical part of the camp experience, it is our desire that by the end of the week it becomes background to the Biblical truths taught throughout the week.
The live drama productions, recreation games, and even Wagon Train staff names, are some of the programming elements we use to capture campers’ attention, win their trust, and direct their focus to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us agree on one thing: your family and church community knows your child best. We run camp in order to give your church youth leaders freedom to do what they do best—relate to students, listen, offer guidance, love. To that end, we free them up from the myriad details required for a successful, memorable camping experience—the programming, lodging, meals, recreation, messages, music. They do enough of that anyway.
So this time, we’ll do the footwork while your youth workers minister to your students. After all, when Jesus left this planet, he left behind a church, not a camp.