Do your kids a favor.  Some Sunday soon ask the adults in worship two questions:

“How many of you went to church camp when you were a kid?”

then ask those with their hands up,

“How many of you believe church camp was one of the most formative experiences of your life of faith?”

My guess is that nearly every single person who raised their hand on the first question will keep their hand up for the second one.

Church camp provides a small group experience that is fundamental to the human experience. Kids gather to have fun, but also to share and learn about God in an intimate setting in ways that just can’t be replicated in a Sunday school class. The experience is so powerful that nearly all kids who attend church camp envision themselves becoming counselors themselves when they can. Among us adults, we call that becoming missional.  In other words, if you take seriously the Christian nurture of your youth, get them to church camp!

Several years ago, Albany Presbytery realized it would be better stewardship for us to give “camperships” to our youth than to keep the Hebron Center open. This year we have $5,000 to support our youth to go to church camp.  We offer $275 “camperships” for youth attending a formula-of-agreement church camp, and $150 “camperships” if a youth attends most any other church camp. Albany Presbytery’s full campership policy can be found on the Application for Campership page of our website.

The applications need to be received by the presbytery office NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, MAY 27.

The funding for the campership scholarships is not infinite, so unfortunately once the fund is claimed for the year that is all we have… in other words, “register early.”

If you are sending your child to Camp Fowler you will be given a code to use when registering. Once you have paid the deposit, the Camp Fowler code will cover the rest of the cost of the week at camp.

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer at the Albany Presbytery

About Rev. Dr. Tim Coombs

Tim Coombs serves as co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY with his wife, Rev. Kathleen Gorman-Coombs and leads a New Worshiping Community, Parallels ( He also worked on staff at Albany Presbytery for over a decade. Besides his work for the church, Tim is a storyteller, biker, guitar player, and intern to his cat, Sharpie. You can reach Tim at:

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