“You can accomplish more with a kid in one week of camp than in a whole year of Sunday school.”

This statement, made by one of the more than 600 directors and leaders of Christian camps assembled recently at the fourth Christian Camping International Convention in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, reflects the mood of optimism and challenge that characterized the gathering. During the four days of workshops, demonstrations, and platform addresses, the delegates were confronted with the problems and opportunities that will face Christian camps in the seventies.

Throughout the convention, speakers and leaders emphasized that the basic and unchanging purpose of Christian camps is to lead campers into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and help them grow in it. This emphasis was balanced by a challenge to be alert to the radical changes in contemporary society, and to discover unique ways camps can respond to them.

More than 127 workshops dealt with subjects ranging from the very practical—and seemingly mundane—matters of administration and development to the unusual and stimulating areas of sensitivity training, stress camping, sex education, drama, and specialized ministries to retarded children, physically handicapped, minority groups, delinquent youth, the inner city, single adults, and families.

The Rev. L. Ted Johnson, director of children’s work and camping for the Baptist General Conference, and the convention’s opening speaker, called attention to some of the dramatic changes expected in the seventies and called on camp leaders to plan for them. He noted that in an age of increasing depersonalization, Christ-centered camping has a special opportunity to maintain a personal touch. Man’s ...

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