Why Come to Camp or Go on a Retreat?

Camp and retreat ministry provides a home away from home and a safe space to learn and grow. Here at Lakeshore, campers, retreat-goers and guests from all different backgrounds and walks of life arrive as strangers and leave as friends. They discover that people have life experiences other than their own.  Together, they bond over God’s love and the fact that He will never forsake them. These new discoveries, skills, friends and faith talks add up to an unforgettable and life-changing experience.

But don’t take our word for it. Read some of the things our campers and retreaters had to say about the effect their experience in this place had on their lives.

“Volunteering for Camp Joy is my favorite time of the year.” -C.G.
“What a difference Lakeshore has made in our kids’ lives!” – K.K.
“Thankful for all the real talks, life talks, and laughs we shared in the lazy river/lake.” -M.H.

Still not sure? Several studies have linked activities in camp and retreat ministry to benefits to mind, body and spirit. Spending time outside encourages a healthy, active lifestyle that reduces the likelihood of childhood obesity and medical issues later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease. For the mind, environmental education has been known to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and increase children’s scores on standardized testing and critical thinking. Having free time in nature can also have significant effect on mood. Increased free time outdoors reduces stress, lowers the likelihood of depression and anxiety and just plain makes people nicer. Read more about the benefits of camp and retreat ministry at the expert sites below.

Outdoor Time for Kids: The Science: http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx
Last Child in the Woods: http://richardlouv.com/books/last-child/
No Child Left Inside: http://www.ct.gov/ncli/site/default.asp