Discipleship Summer Camp for 9th - 12th grade
Wildwood is Hume Lake's discipleship camp for students who wish to push themselves beyond the familiar into a world of exceptional devotion to God. Wildwood's philosophy of stripping away the layers of falsehood and distraction is evidenced in daily interactions and candid discussions about students' lives, struggles, and answering God's call for deeper devotion to Him. Set in the back forests of Hume's property, Wildwood emphasizes overcoming obstacles and learning to discipline oneself in response to the challenges of life.
THEME TITLE | “DRAW”
We were created to have a relationship with the God of the universe, and to live in constant communion with our maker. Unfortunately, in this life there is an endless barrage of distractions and temptations luring our focus away from being able to experience this relationship to the fullest. Having an understanding of the importance of this relationship, what can we do to both prioritize and maintain it?
Fortunately for us, James 4:8 tells us that is as simple as drawing near to The Lord. In scripture we are given examples of how to do this through what are called “spiritual disciplines”. This summer, we are going to examine what these disciplines are, why they are important, and encourage one another to DRAW more near to the Lord.
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. Hume speakers know teenagers as well as their bibles. They unwrap and animate God’s truth in ways that connect with students.
Students will hear the gospel of Jesus in chapels and talks, then wrestle with it in group initiatives, solo times, and all those unscripted moments between campers and counselors that a Hume Lake camping experience delivers.
Starlit group worship around the campfire and time alone in His creation. Hume nurtures the attitude of worship from sunrise to sunset. Just step out of your tent, and you can’t help but acknowledge God here in the midst of His majestic creation.
Personal quiet times, small-group prayer, or a peaceful sunrise—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.)
Collaborative, challenging and entertaining! Wildwood’s group initiatives provide a context in which campers learn to balance their passion for the objective with compassion for their peers.
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.
Hume Lake has an arsenal of age-appropriate seasonal 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!
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 dramas, skits, games and other programming elements are used to capture campers’ attention, win their trust, and direct their focus to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us agree on one thing: your youth pastor—not us or any other ministry resource provider—knows your youth group best. We run camp in order to give youth pastors 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, speakers, music. They do enough of that anyway.
So this time, we’ll do the footwork while your youth pastor ministers to your students. After all, when Jesus left this planet, he left behind a church, not a camp.