Wow! I had an incredible time at Camp Anchorage on Lake Waccamaw, NC last week. Six days of Senior Youth Camp with Pastor Sammy Frye and the entire staff at the camp was outstanding. What a pleasant combination of lots of great activities with a good emphasis on the Word of God. The music was off the chain in an especially God-honoring way. By the end of the week the young people were praising God in song with lyrics that were chalked full of truth.
The days were full with fishing for some starting as early as 6.15 and the final evening devotions occurring as late as midnight.
The food at the camp is terrific served family style with enough to leave every meal stuffed. The kitchen staff is exceptionally pleasant and really seemed to enjoy the ministry. My personal favorite was the Wednesday night chicken meal, but every meal was great. You really don’t think you are eating camp food. I ran several days and enjoyed the water recreation daily so I felt a bit more liberty to eat well.
The camp is small so you really feel like one big family enjoying camp together but the Lake is huge providing lots of room to ski, tube, fish and swim. They have a large soccer field behind their field house so there is sufficient room to do all you would like at camp.
A new deck area over Lee’s Creek provided a great place to hang out, read, and relax. The deck is shaded very well with a great breeze coming off the Lake.
Every day the campers enjoyed various indoor games with creative twists like playing dodge ball with a medic. Austin especially enjoyed the evening time of skating and the food.
I listened to several God and I times led by the camp counselors and it was very apparent these young men and women have a genuine heart for the campers.
Every day the sponsors met for prayer and it was awesome to see God answer our prayers in the lives of the campers. At the evening worship and preaching service decisions were made for Christ. One night Sammy preached on bitterness and the response was overwhelming with young people seeking counsel for hours into the night.
We saw several campers from BBC make decisions to follow Christ. We now pray they will have the discipline to follow their decisions.
We will use the camp again in August for our school “Get Acquainted Days” and then we will enjoy the camp again for Men’s Retreat on Oct 8-10th. If you are not registered for the Men’s Retreat you need to do so now. Get a brochure at the church.
BBC needs to increase its support of this great ministry led by David and Jeannie Ulrich and Aaron and Whitney Burke; learn more about the camp at http://www.anchoragecamp.org/.
I wish I had the power to make more of your sophomores and juniors attend camp.
This year one of our student members worked at the camp and I hope more will consider this great summer ministry. Its a little like being a missionary all summer long.
What was your favorite part of the camp? Do you have any favorite camp memories?