Christianity Today reports that Christian camp ministries are in decline. Bob Kobielush, president of the Christian Camp and Conference Association, explains why:
“Camp attendance has been declining since the 1990s . . . due to rising operational costs, government regulations, competition from sports and music camps, and the growing popularity of summer mission trips. He also noted that many churches no longer value the traditional camp experience, and that many megachurches now offer their own camps. . . Kobielush said it could take three to five years before Christian camps see growth in attendance again, but he remains optimistic.”
Even though the Christian camping industry is taking a hit nationwide, there is one that I know of that is bucking the trend. Crossings Camps operates two sites in Kentucky, and they are the cream of the crop as far as I’m concerned. Not only do they have all the bells and whistles that you would want in a summer camp, they also have a solid theological vision for camping ministry. Moreover, their camping program includes special emphases on world-missions, adoption, and orphan-care. For these reasons (and more), Crossings Camps has been growing in spite of the economic downturn.
If you are interested in a solid camping experience for the students in your church, you should check out Crossings. They are doing a great work for the Kingdom.