Apologetics Summer Camp

apol·o·get·ics  \ ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tiks\

a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity

June 12-17, 2022
Woodland Christian Camp
Temple, GA

 

July 24-29, 2022
Awanita Christian Camp
Marietta, SC

The EQUIP RETREAT is an annual 6 day/5 night apologetics-based retreat held at Woodland Christian Camp or Awanita Christian Camp. The retreat is designed to teach young people to own, share, and defend their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. While there will be lots of fun and games, the goal of EQUIP is to plant seeds that inspire a generation of teens to have eternal impact on the Kingdom of God by equipping them to better understand, articulate, and spread the Gospel.

Statistics have repeatedly shown that we are experiencing a mass exodus of young people from the church once they leave home for college, where they are being directly challenged on their beliefs. Often this takes on the form of outright bullying and attacks, not just from other students, but from secular faculty as well. EQUIP was designed for the purpose of giving young people real answers to tough questions that will enable them to truly understand what they believe and more importantly why they believe it.

After all, Scripture pointedly instructs us in 1 Peter 3:15:
"but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;"

To accomplish this there are three informational fun-packed training sessions each day addressing some of the staunchest questions and arguments a teen will face from an unbelieving world when they share their faith. These sessions are led by nationally recognized leaders in the field of apologetics, or defense of the faith.

After a day chock-full of activities such as zip lining, archery, and so much more, the evening will close with a powerful praise and worship service featuring live music and relevant messages from some of the area's leading youth pastors and teachers.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age range to attend EQUIP Retreat?

While EQUIP Retreat is designed for students in middle and high school, select college-age students will often also participate and/or return as leader/helpers in order to sow into the next generation of young believers.

What is the cost to attend EQUIP Retreat?

The cost is $325 per person, which covers the cost of 5 nights/6 days lodging, and includes all meals for the duration while on campus (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and all materials for the daily teaching lessons. Additionally, each attendee receives a souvenir T-Shirt for EQUIP Retreat. There is a canteen store on campus for snacks, sodas, etc. It is recommended that each attendee bring some additional spending money for those items as desired.

What do I need to bring with me?

In addition to your EQUIP T-shirt, you will be provided with an EQUIP notebook and pen, a water bottle, and a carry bag. Please plan to also bring the following:

  • Bible (or Bible app)
  • Bedding (sleeping bag or twin sheets/blanket)
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, brush, deodorant, etc.)
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Sportswear
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (T-shirts must be worn over swimsuit - boys & girls)
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Beach towel
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sunscreen (optional)
  • Flip Flops (optional)
  • Jacket (optional)
  • Personal spending money for the canteen store (optional)
When is drop-off and pick-up for EQUIP?

Attendees need to be dropped off at 4 pm Sunday on the day of the start of the week. Attendees are to be picked up at 12 pm on Friday the day of the weeks end.

There will be TONS of daily activities while at EQUIP Retreat. 

EQUIP Retreat Activities include: (varies by location)
  • Zip Lines over the lake
  • Water activities on the 8-acre lake: canoes, kayaks, & paddle boats
  • Swimming Pool
  • Slip-n-Slide
  • Archery
  • Ropes Course (low & high elements)
  • Outdoor Climbing Tower
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • 60-Foot Giant Swing
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Hummer Rides through the Mountains
  • Mud Hole
  • Horseback Riding
Activities facilitated by EQUIP Retreat leaders: (varies by location)
  • Fishing
  • Frisbee golf (frisbees & scorecards provided)
  • Hiking Trails (maps available)
  • Private Fire Pit
  • Recreation field for games (a bag of recreation equipment provided -- footballs, soccer balls, kickballs, etc.)
  • Gymnasium (full-court basketball, dodgeball, etc.)
  • Human Foosball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Tetherball
  • Gaga-ball
  • Cornhole

Want to Register?

Step 1: Fill out Registration Form

Step 2: Pay $50 non-refundable Deposit or Pay in Full ($325.00)
$50 deposit is required in order to reserve your spot. Space is limited.  The remaining balance is due by no later than May 13, 2022.

"The EQUIP Retreat is something that I enthusiastically endorse and urge families and churches to support! At a time when it is critical that young people be won to Christ, and also prepared to defend their faith, the EQUIP team are doing a fantastic job at presenting Christ! EQUIP is doing the best imaginable job at helping kids know how to stand up for their faith! I just wish that the number of youth experiencing EQUIP was in the tens of thousands! I pray that someday it will be!"

Alex McFarland, Bestselling Author & Speaker
North Greenville University, SC
The Center for Apologetics and Christian Worldview

"The EQUIP Retreat is one of the few youth outreaches that is having a serious impact! The youth have a blast but learn a ton. And not just knowledge for knowledge's sake.  The teachers bring out an emphasis on application of their faith in the world. If you have students and want something that will challenge them to stand firm in the face of the craziness we see in the world today, get them to EQUIP!"

Carl Kerby, Speaker & Author
Reasons for Hope

"I love teaching at EQUIP with Pastors Dave and Steve. The week is filled with so much love for Jesus and for others and the apologetic training students get is some of the best in the country. In the age of great uncertainty among young people, I can't stress enough for parents to make sure their kids go to EQUIP. They will love it!"

Jason Jimenez, Bestselling Author & Worldview Expert
Stand Strong Ministries

"Excellence! Of all the camps where I speak, EQUIP stands out for its excellence! These kids are hungry for truth and the balance of teaching, worship, and fun is perfect.  Kids get saved! Questions get answered! And lives are changed!

Juan Valdes, Speaker
Reasons for Hope