The south-central region of Wisconsin is called the Kettle Moraine. This is where the UYC Winter Camp is held. It is in beautiful, rolling-hill terrain that helps facilitate a number of wonderful outdoor activities. This year we had 78 campers and 45 staff at Winter Camp and all had a wonderful time living God’s way of life!
Winter Camp this year was from Dec. 25, 2016, through Jan. 1, 2017. God blessed us with snowy weather going into camp, which allowed us to enjoy great outdoor winter activities. The indoor activities focused on the Christian living themes and allowed for plenty of fellowship time.
Our activity schedule included an all-camp amazing race on the first day of camp, as well as teambuilding, dance class (with two camp dances), winter field sports, game room, open science center, tubing and an arts-and-crafts class. Snowboarding was a big hit again with the campers, as was the dance class. We were able to enjoy tobogganing and broomball for the first time in several years due to the ice being thick enough to play on. New this year was paintball, which when combined with orienteering made for an exciting and enjoyable activity that gained rave reviews!
The UYC theme this year was “Guided by God’s Word,” and it was a focus of the morning compass checks, the Christian living classes and other biblical instruction. Aspects of this theme were also reinforced at many of the activities and other conversations throughout the day.
Once again Winter Leadership Camp was held concurrently with Winter Camp. It was our fourth Winter Leadership Camp. This year we had 16 young adults participating in this camp from all areas of the country! They served alongside activity staff and counselors in addition to actually teaching a class on defending your faith to the teens! They also enjoyed activities as a group and attended additional Bible classes, seminars and Q&As focused on leading in the camp setting, their local congregations and life in general. They had many opportunities to lead and serve, including giving speeches and sermonettes, planning and hosting the camp dance, serving snacks daily to the campers, being dining hall monitors and helping with security. They also had access to extended conversation with the ministry about many different aspects of life. They were an amazing group of young adults and exemplified the give way of life!
Winter Camp offers a unique camp experience unlike any of our other camps. Come be with us in 2017 and see for yourself!