It's Time for CAMP!
GSM is headed to camp at Louisiana Tech University on June 13-17! This is a new camp for us as we are doing Camp Generate. This year's theme for camp is "So Much More". We are made for more than the mundane and mediocre.
But as humans, we can, at times, become nearsighted in our view of God. We are consumed by what is right in front of us, and we forget that there is a God who is eternal. Our world is only as big as conversations happening on the screen in our hands, and we lose sight of God's plan for us and the world, a sweeping arc that cuts through time and space. Our future shrinks down to the next most pressing decision, and we miss the “waymore-than-we-could-possibly-imagine” future God has for us. Our routines hold us captive, and we go through life on “repeat,” unaware of the impossibly HUGE power that dwells within us.
At GENERATE 2022 students will be introduced to the God who is at once massive in scale and intimately personal. Your students will be captured by the grandeur of God and His love for them and motivated by His perfect plan for their lives. Sign-up Today!
WHAT EXACTLY IS GENERATE? At GENERATE our team will work hard to serve you and your needs well while creating an experience that will impact the other 51-weeks in your ministry year. We are strategic and intentional to create experiences where the name of Jesus is lifted up, where the Gospel is proclaimed through the preaching and studying of the Word, and where not only are students encouraged to take the next step in their faith journey, but the challenge and opportunity to be a person of global impact is clear. These experiences happen in times of personal devotion, in small group times of reading, listening and responding, in group building and serving, in times of corporate worship, and in strategic times with your church. In the end, a camp can’t really change a life, but a real experience with God can. We don’t want to simply create moments. We want to partner with you and be a part of moments that matter through the work of God.
WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES? We are leaving on Monday, June 13 at 7 a.m. and returning on Friday, June 17 around 3:30 p.m.
WHERE IS LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY? LaTech is located in Ruston, Louisiana. The physical address is: 305 Wisteria St. Ruston, LA 71272
WHAT DOES THE $330 PRICE PER PERSON COVER? Lodging, yummy meals in the cafeteria, Bible study, personal devotions, all large group gatherings with great leaders, all programming, a camp magazine, a t-shirt, a great time, and maybe world peace.
IS THERE A CAMP STORE? DO WE NEED EXTRA SPENDING MONEY? There will be resources and camp products available throughout the week, plus opportunities to get snacks during your time at camp. We will also be stopping for lunch on the way to and from camp. Students will need to bring money for those two stops as well. Monopoly money is not accepted.
WILL THERE BE ANY FUNDRAISING? Yes! Sunday, May 15: Church Picnic - The kids/youth will be asked to work a shift at a concessions booth. All proceeds will go to reduce the overall cost of camp. Sunday, May 22: Lunch and Auction - The kids/youth will spend the morning preparing a lunch of fettuccine alfredo with chicken, garlic bread, and salad to be served right after the morning service. After lunch is served, we will hold an auction. Your family will be donating items for this auction. The proceeds from the sell of the items will go to the family that donated the items. Be creative. The higher the perceived value of the item, the more it will fetch at auction. Be creative. Ask local businesses for donations. Make, or bake something from scratch. The more unique or personal the item, the better.
WHAT FREE TIME OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT CAMP? -A Swimming Pool -Auditions for The Get Down (a camp-wide themed evening party and talent show) -Improv Worship with the Actors -3×3 Basketball Tournament -Volleyball Tournament -Games with Bumper Balls -Q&A with the Camp Communicator and Worship Leader -A Movie Screening -Ultimate Frisbee -Corn Hole Tournament and Various Lawn Games
IS THERE A DRESS CODE? Of course. We ask for there to only be one-piece bathing suits at camp or a dark-colored t-shirt over a two-piece. Avoid short shorts (including guys showing off the bro thighs), spaghetti strap shirts, or really anything that will be a distraction to those around you. We honor God with how we dress. Be cool, but don’t be a fool! If needed, help a brother or sister out.
WHAT PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE DUE TO COVID-19? As part of our GENERATE StaySafe focus, we have continued to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and related safety protocols. We know this is also a priority for you as a leader. It should also be noted, that with locations in various states throughout the country there will be a baseline of safety protocols at GENERATE this summer and potentially some expanded focuses in certain areas in line with local health guidelines. In any public environment, there is an inherent risk to COVID-19 exposure, but our goal is to keep all participants as safe as possible. Guidelines will include, but are not limited to: Pre-Attendance education for campers, leaders, and staff. Expanded training focus with staff, including preventative best practices related to health and safety, clear protocols related to guests with symptoms or exposure. Expanded pre-camp and day 1 screening for campers including health checklist, temp checks, and guardian sign-off. Basic daily checklist and temp checks for all guests while at GENERATE. Expanded “sanitation stations” for guests including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, extra face masks. Hygiene and safety reminders during the experience through signage around campus, on main screens, and from the stage. Mask or face covering guidelines (where/when required).