Summer Camp 2022

The Commission for Children, Youth, and Young Adults is excited to announce the camp dates for next summer.  About mid-November the CYYA will announce sites and directors for each camp, and in December we anticipate announcing the fees for 2022.  You will be able to download the Registration Guidebook mid-January and Summer Camp Registration is scheduled to open February 2nd at 4pm.

Chi Rho Camp – June 6-10
Discovery Camp – July 17-19
Junior Camp – June 20-24
CYF Conference – June 20-24

Texoma Camp Dates
Chi Rho / CYF – June 6-10
Discovery/Junior – 23-25
Water Weekend – July 8-10

Summer Camp 2021 Rewind

Chi Rho Camp @ Oakridge
June 7-11 – Click here for photos

Discovery DAY Camp @ Central Oklahoma Camp
June 19 – Click here for photos

CYF Conference @ Central Oklahoma Camp
June 21-25 – Click here for photos

Junior Camp @ Central Camp
June 28-July 2 – Click here for photos

Texoma Camp Chi Rho/CYF Camp

Congregations Participating in Summer Camp

First Christian Church Arnett
Disciples Christian Church Bartlesville
First Christian Church Chandler
First Christian Church Cherokee
First Christian Church Chickasha
Edmond Trinity Christian Church Edmond
First Christian Church Edmond
Southern Hills Christian Church Edmond
First Christian Church El Reno
Central Christian Church Enid
Christian Church of the Covenant Enid
First Christian Church Guthrie
First Christian Church Hennessey
First Christian Church Midwest City
First Christian Church Norman
Britton Christian Church Oklahoma City
Crown Height Christian Church Oklahoma City
Disciples First Christian Church Oklahoma City
Hillcrest Christian Church Oklahoma City
New Covenant Christian Church Oklahoma City
Western Oaks Christian Church Oklahoma City
First Christian Church Perry
Community Christian Church Ponca City
First Christian Church Stroud
First Christian Church Sulphur
Forest Park Christian Church Tulsa
Harvard Ave. Christian Church Tulsa
First Christian Church Woodward

Congregations Participating at Texoma Christian Camp

First Christian Church Cyril
First Christian Church Luther
First Christian Church Sulphur

THANK YOU ADULT VOLUNTEERS!

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Intersections
a week long study trip based in Washington D.C 
returns September 2022

an IAS style trip for adults 21 and older
Usually offered near the Labor Day holiday

Chi Rho & CYF Retreat
November 13-14 @ Camp Christian

(Still in Wait and See Covid Mode)

Get away and unplug!
The Regional Youth Council is waiting as the Covid-19 infection rate begins to decrease.  But, you can register your group today!

Later this month RYC hopes to invite
Chi Rho & CYF youth groups to Camp Christian for a one night retreat. If it is possible to offer the retreat, youth groups will house together, and we anticipate using the Covid-19 protocols for summer camp to provide health safety.

Cost: $40 per person

Your group can stay in a cabin or set up tents.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

The Regional Youth Council will meet in late August for their summer retreat. IF Covid-19 and the variants are under control, after that retreat we will announce our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 events for youth, children, and families.  Thank you for your patience.

Resources for Pandemic Time

Intentional Christian community is about our neighbors.  What affects any one of us affects all of us. We are experiencing that in real time and in real ways that could change our culture and congregations for the better. So, continuing to plan for and do the work that will make summer camp happen is faithful, and points to a time that will be different, maybe even feel normal, but not routine as we’ve known it. That is what we are experiencing. And that’s ok. Maybe that is what Jesus was trying to tell disciples all along.  Below find a resource list for this time of isolation.

Meet the Regional Youth Council

The Regional Youth Council is staffed by Youth and Adults from around the Region.  This group of leaders plan and lead retreats for Chi Rho (junior high) and CYF (high school) youth, plan and lead family retreats, publish an Advent Devotional and Lent Blog or Devotional, serve at summer camp, and are active in their congregations.

RYC welcomes new members each summer as we offer prayers and gratitude to those that served the previous year and graduate into adult life.

New members of the Regional Youth Council were installed at CYF Conference and Chi Rho/CYF at Texoma Camp.  The installation was led by our graduating RYC Seniors.

Graduates (front row): Eli, Katie, Trinity, Philip

New RYC Members (back row): David, Paige, Eli, Gabriel, Zaylee, Kyston, Paige
Not Pictured: Jasmin and Madeline

Hi my name is David Gillett. I am a member of Western Oaks Christian Church in Oklahoma City. My favorite part of being involved in the Disciples of Christ community is the fellowship. My favorite youth event is by far going to church camp and seeing friends that you don’t get to see very often. I am also involved in the Boy Scouts of America in which I hold the rank of Eagle Scout. I am a second year member of RYC.

My name is Jasmin Pickens. I attend First Christian Church in Sulphur. I am a junior.  I love God and all his creation. I like to fish, bake, and outdoor activities. I have two dogs and a lizard. I am excited to be back in school and learning. I have been looking forward to being on RYC since I knew what it was. I am a second year member of RYC.

My name is Scout Stanley. I attend Central Christian Church in Enid. I am active in band and choir.  I like watching movies and hanging out with my friends.  This is my second year on Regional Youth Council.

Greeting my name is Travis Carlson, I grew up in the Disciples denomination, I currently attend First Christian Church in Chickasha where I serve as an Elder. I am married to a wonderful person, an English teacher, and have a college age daughter and son. I am lucky to teach reading and math intervention and technology in the same grade school I attended.   Also, I have worked with youth and college age individuals for almost twenty years counseling and directing camps and retreats.

Lastly, I am a technology addict, according to my wife and kids.  I like to build computers, which I learn from my great uncle who worked for IBM on mainframes in the 70’s.  Also, my family and I are Disney nuts.  I find the storytelling and the creative and technological innovations that have come from the company amazing.  My motto is “If it is geeky, I have probably done it.”

Rev. Shannon R. Cook serves as the Minister of Faith Development at First Christian Church in Norman.  She grew up in central Florida, went to college in Chicago-land (Lake Forest), Illinois, attended seminary at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and was ordained by the Florida region in 2001.  Before coming to Oklahoma, she served churches in the Kentucky region.  She enjoys reading, hanging out with her husband, Bart Hanna, and their cats, watching movies, and having dance parties whenever possible.

Pastor Tara Dew is the Associate Minister at First Christian Church in El Reno where she recently celebrated 20 years of service.

Pastor Eula Hledik serves as Associate Minister at New Covenant Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

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Camp 101

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Types of Camp

Outdoor Ministry is a defining characteristic of the missional ministry that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers to children, youth, and adults. Often people will think of Outdoor Ministry as “summer camp” only, but our Region’s Outdoor Ministry includes weekend retreats, traditional residential week long camps and non-traditional week long camps that give children, youth, and adults of all ages the opportunity to play, pray, worship, study, and serve one another and new neighbors. Outdoor Ministry is one way we teach the language of faith, and the practice of Christianity for the Church today and tomorrow.

About the Camp Facilities

In Oklahoma there are three camp facilities that have Disciples roots dating to the early 1950’s. These facilities remain related to Christian Church in Oklahoma. Each one, Camp Christian, Texoma Christian Camp, and Central Christian Camp & Conference Center have their own governing boards that set policies, rental fees, and maintain onsite staff and programs. The Christian Church in Oklahoma has no oversight, nor financial responsibility for these facilities.  One of our Associate Regional Ministers attends the board meetings of the facilities and provides support and advice when needed. Many individual members and congregations provide their time and financial support to one of our Disciples related facilities.

What Happens at Camp?

Great question. The design of our outdoor ministry is based in small groups that provide intimate space for campers to learn how to listen and talk to others. Campers spend time each day with their small group, and within the whole community they participate in art projects, they hear and interpret bible stories, worship together, and of course there are games, singing, sports, and pool time. Chi Rho and CYF campers are also offered workshops that teach life skills.  Some recent workshops have focused on Internet safety, budgeting, photography, car maintenance, first-aid, and relationships.

Designed for children who have completed grades 2-3. This weekend camp introduces children to living in intentional Christian community.

Designed for younger youth who have completed grades 4-5 and lasts a week.
Designed for youth who have completed grades 6-8 and lasts a week.
Designed for youth who have completed grades 9-12 and lasts a week.

This weekend camp is designed for families of all sizes and kinds. This two night-three day experience will introduce families to our Outdoor Ministry (summer camp) program with play, prayer, study, worship, and service for all ages.

Some years during Spring Break we offer a two-night three day trip to the Heifer Ranch for a short program in the Global Challenge.

A study trip to Washington DC and New York City designed for youth in grades 11-12. Accompanied by adults, the youth study a topic relevant to both our culture and faith while taking in the sites and sounds of these two major East Coast cities.

Offered to youth in grades 6-12, Mission Camp (Road Show) is an offshoot of your local mission trip. Some years, we take a group beyond the borders of Oklahoma and some years we visit a town or city in Oklahoma.

FAQs

We publish the summer camp schedule for the upcoming year during the fall the year before. In late January each year you can download the “Camp Guidebook” from this website.  This publication will help you know how to register, what forms are needed, costs, and answer many of your questions.

The summer camp rates are set each January/February before the coming summer season. The rates cover the cost of the site fee, t-shirt, adult volunteers, insurance, lodging, meals, supplies, and program expenses. We offer a “discount rate” for those who register for camp between February and April 16 and “regular rate” for those who register for camp between April 17 and May 17.

Summer Camp dates, along with all other program ministries for children, youth, and young adults, are published on this website as well as on the CYYA Ministries Facebook page, and the CYYA Intersection.

Are you a subscriber to the CYYA Intersection? This monthly e-News will keep you up to date with opportunities, events, resources, and stories about ministry with Children, Youth, and Young Adults in our Region.

YES! Please contact Michael Davison. I'd love to talk with you about adult volunteer experiences at our camps.

A Word from the Commission with Children, Youth & Young Adults

The CYYA offers a variety of opportunities throughout the year for persons ages K-35 years old. CYYA  Ministries in Oklahoma are evolving and growing into a future that includes age appropriate experiences and events beyond the summer months for our diverse age bracket.

We need two things: adult volunteers and funding. Our summer camp directors are always seeking adults to be counselors. As our opportunities expand we will need a variety of adults with different skills to make these opportunities a reality.  The other major need is funding.

Your Gifts Make a Difference!

Your generous gifts to the Disciples Mission Fund or the Annual Fund underwrites the operation of the Region (Regional Office, staff salaries, benefits, and expenses, the Board and Commission work), but it does not provide financial support for the program ministries of the Region: events, retreats, camp, and mission experiences for children, youth, and adults.

Please consider a gift and support one of these experiences:

International Affairs Seminar
Goal $5000

Summer Camp
$10,000

Summer Ministry
Each young person attending a summer ministry experience helps pay for the adult volunteers for that week. This fee is added to the camper fee and is based on the number of campers who attend and the number of adults needed. Funds raised for Summer Ministry could lower the cost for everyone that attends a camp in the future no matter where it may be hosted.  Please consider a gift to support Summer Ministry and help us create funding to support this ongoing program ministry of the Region.  

Are you considering a "legacy gift" to fund a ministry in your congregation or through the Region?  The Oklahoma Disciples Foundation does this kind of work to support ministries throughout the Disciples of Christ in Oklahoma.

Make your check payable to Christian Church in Oklahoma, and note in the memo line what program ministry you are supporting.

Mail To: 301 NW 36th Street / Oklahoma City, OK, 73118. Please indicate IAS, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Heifer Week, Mission Camp, or  Summer Ministry in the memo line.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  Contact Rev. Michael Davison for more information about how you can support these missional ministries.

Visit our homepage to donate Online.
Choose "Youth Ministry" from the dropdown box.
In the "Special Instructions" box type which experience you want to support.

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