Sunday, April 26, 2009

Summer Camp: Our Staff, Part 2...

A few weeks ago we started a series of articles featuring our “Senior Staff” members. True to our word this is the second installment. They are a passionate group of caring and talented individuals who love what they get to do for “work”. Our counselors always enjoy greeting old and new friends/campers as one summer camp session rolls into the next. The Lutheridge+Lutherock Senior Staff members believe summer should be a much longer season! To find out more about signing up for this years Summer Camp Sessions, log onto our website.

Hey! This is Drew Yoos, the Pioneer B Area Director for Summer 2009 at Lutheridge! Right now I am a senior at Furman University about to graduate with a degree in History and Philosophy. I am so excited about returning to Lutheridge for another summer! It is just a place where my creativity comes alive so I can share God's love with kids in different ways than what they are used to. Lutheridge is a place where kids can truly connect with God's creation and with others through games, fun, singing, and laughing. It's my hope that you or your child will share my excitement and join an incredible staff and me for a week of unforgettable times at Lutheridge.

Hi, I'm Jenna Quigley and will be a Lutheroad Area Director this summer. Currently, I am Junior Public Relations major at the University of South Carolina. I'm looking forward to this summer because I have the opportunity to spend it on top of a mountain, be surrounded by wonderful people, and have the chance to be a part of so many walks of faith. To me Lutheridge is a place that offers a place for fun, peace, and self-reflection. Lutheridge is a place where a mix of silliness and growth enables a week of learning in love and joy in Christ. A "place a-part" that is reminder of how a perception of life can be lived everywhere.

Greetings! My name is Ben Witcher and I'm going to be the Hill Top Area Director for this summer. I'm from Augusta, Georgia and I'll be graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne in May with a degree in Political Science. In all my summers as a camper, Lutheridge always offered me a time to recharge my spiritual batteries and rediscover the joys God's grace. I am excited about the opportunity to help build Christian communities with the campers and staff from week to week, and I pray that we can help each camper grow in their faith and relationship with God.

Hi - My name is Kyle Bates and will be the Pioneer A Area Director. Currently, I am senior Theology major at Lenoir Rhyne University. I'm looking forward to this summer because I can't wait to meet and help share the joy of Christ with campers! To me Lutheridge offers a week of lots of fun and faith with new friends!

Hi - I'm Kevin Kraus and will be the Dining Hall director for the summer of 2009. Currently, I am a senior at the University of Georgia, hoping to graduate soon with a degree in Geography, Atmospheric Science concentration. I'm looking forward to this summer because being at a place apart such as Lutheridge with tons of wacky, crazy kids just gives a big thrill to me, and I can't think of any better way to spend a summer. To me Lutheridge offers a week of pure crazy fun, friendship, laughter, and most importantly, some time with God and His creation.

See you this summer!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Faith Alive! Summer Program...

FAITH ALIVE! is a very popular Spring and Fall program here at Lutheridge. It is always a joy to see a group of happy and vibrant participants who are learning, sharing and enjoying their time here at camp. With this very special summer FAITH ALIVE! we combine learning about the faith of the Lutheran Tradition with the fun and creativity of camp. Each day includes teaching time with Bishop Gordy or Pastor Christensen and camp activities like crafts, swimming, games, singing, and camp music. Congregational leaders may come to participant in the teaching sessions as well as interact with youth during some camp activities.

FAITH ALIVE! campers are put in cabin groups with other youth from around the Southeastern Synod. The staff at Lutheridge provide supervision staying with the campers and sharing their unique faithful witness. FAITH ALIVE! is for Confirmation Classes, Middle School Youth Groups, as well as individual campers. Don’t miss out, if you sign up prior to May 15th you can save $35.00. Sign up today.

The Buzz-What our Campers/Participants are saying…

The staff who stay with our campers and guide them through the weekend are priceless. ~Ellen K; Adult Participant

I want to share with my congregation what I learned.
~Katie; Camper

Seeing the impact of this camp on our church children first hand was amazing. ~Sandy F; Adult Participant

Lutheridge is a great place to express your faith! ~Cosmo; Camper

Very well organized, wonderful content, loved to see our children “connecting” with other
young Christians. ~Susan, Adult

I was struggling with my faith when I came here; now I feel strong in God due to the worshipping here at Lutheridge. ~Stanley, camper

I could feel Him around me everywhere! ~Jordan, camper
What are you waiting for? Sign-up today, we look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Summer Camp: Our Staff, Part 1...

We thought with summer fast approaching you would like to get to know our senior staff members. These are the folks that make our Summer Camp Program so fantastic. We know you will not only enjoy their company but the breadth of knowledge, skills and passion they bring to our summer Camp Program is remarkable.

My name is Travis Gamelin, and I will be one of the Craft Directors at Lutheridge this summer! I graduated from UCF with a degree in Radio/Television in 2005, and now teach Video Productions at a private Christian school. I also freelance for various types of video. I'm looking forward to my 5th summer on staff at Lutheridge after 3 great years as a counselor, and directing crafts last summer. I am so excited to be a part of this ministry, and to have the chance to create an environment for campers to grow and realize their creativity in a fun, safe place.

I'm Jacob Ridenhour and I'm currently working in Guest Services at Lutheridge. I will be one of two Outdoor Adventure Program Area Directors at Lutheridge for Summer 2009. I'm looking forward to the summer because I truly love spending time in the outdoors and seeing the benefits that the outdoor adventure program can bring to the lives of campers. The OAP program at Lutheridge offers challenges and adventures in a safe, Christian community where campers can bring home new experiences spent in God's creation from activities like rock climbing, white water rafting, and canoeing, along with a lifetime of memories and friendships.

Hi! My name is Maressa and will be the General Duty Area Director at Lutheridge. Right now I am at High Point University working on my Masters in Sports Studies (It's so fun!). I am really excited about this summer because I feel like every day at camp is the best day of my year; I am so blessed to get to work at Lutheridge! To me, Lutheridge offers a chance to meet some truly wonderful and gifted people, have OH so much fun and grow daily in my faith. I feel like it is my second home. Sometimes...I get “campsick” (it's true...).

Hi - I'm Elizabeth Sanders and I will be the Lakeside Area Director at Lutheridge. Currently, I am a junior at College of Charleston majoring in Media Communication. I'm excited for this summer because I love spending the summer with awesome kids and seeing campers and staff grow with God. To me Lutheridge offers a new and different experience every year. It is a place where campers can grow, reflect, learn, play, and just get away from it all for a week.

If you have not signed up for Summer Camp now is the time.
In this, the first of a four part series, you
will get to meet each of our wonderful senior staff members.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Crosstraining, Lenoire-Rhyne University & Lutheridge+Lutherock...

Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries will be offering Crosstraining, a Christian Outdoor Leadership Expedition, for all current students and incoming freshmen, earning you 3 hours of college credit under HES 140. Crosstraining combines Rock Climbing, Team Building, Backpacking, Whitewater Rafting, and a 30 hour “Solo” self-reflection experience. Crosstraining is three hours of college credit before the Fall 2009 semester begins. During your course you will travel on foot over some of God’s most beautiful country. You’ll learn how to pack all your gear in your backpack, cook a backcountry meal, and camp without leaving a trace.

We’ll start off learning skills for rock climbing such as tying knots, belaying, and rappelling, which fosters trust, confidence, and new skills. We’ll pack up from there and travel in the backcountry learning how to live in the wilderness using only what we have with us.

From there we will take time to learn how to read white water as well as learn paddle strokes and travel on whitewater. You will be emerged in a safe Christian setting where we will discuss leadership, participate in Bible study, and learn more about our Natural Surrounding. You’ll travel deep into the wilderness at the same time, learning how to get along with your peers and become a competent leader, not only in the outdoors but at home.

So here is the deal...

July29-August 14 2009.
Cost-$250 for Lenoir-Rhyne Students (Call for non Lenoir-Rhyne student price)
Any College age student may take this course; credit can be negotiated with your school.

How to register: For Lenoir-Rhyne students, just register for HES 140 for the fall 2009 semester. All non Lenoir-Rhyne students, may contact one of the following for more information on how to register by sending an email to:
Pastor Tim C-K
Kara Ridenhour
Jacob Ridenhour