Among the nearly two dozen recipients of Campership funds for summer 2019 were this group of five teens from First United Presbyterian Church in Troy, New York, who all attended Camp Fowler in the Adirondacks. Each year, Albany Presbytery sets aside funds to help youth that attend congregations within Albany Presbytery to attend Christian summer camps. A summer camp experience at a camp such as Fowler gives youth the opportunity to connect with their peers, Nature and God in fun and meaningful ways designed to increase confidence, build faith in God, and create memories to last a lifetime.
Nora McDowell, a parent and Youth Church Time Volunteer at First United Presbyterian Church in Troy has said that the youth from her church view summer camp as their “second church home in the wilderness” and, when they are old enough, some even choose to volunteer as Students With In Ministry (“SWIM”) counselors.
Albany Presbytery’s Campership Program opens to receive applications soon after the start of the new year, and remains open until all the funds are spoken for. For additional information, please refer to our Youth Page, and mark your calendars so the youth in your congregations can take part in this valuable program. Summer 2019 is just about over but it’s not too soon to begin thinking about Summer 2020!