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 4-9, 2023
Woodland Christian Camp
July 23-28, 2023
Awanita Christian Camp
August 6-11, 2023
South Mountain Christian Camp
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
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.
The cost is $365 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.
You will be provided with an EQUIP T-shirt. Please plan to also bring the following:
- Bible (or Bible app)
- Bedding (sleeping bag or twin sheets/blanket)
- Toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, brush, deodorant, etc.)
- Towel and washcloth
- 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)
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.
- Zip Lines over the lake
- Water activities on the 8-acre lake: canoes, kayaks, & paddle boats
- Swimming Pool
- 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
- 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