Camps are a big part of my ministry, and have come to take up most of my summers. I serve in three different camps in Croatia:
Champs Camp is a summer day camp for elementary school age children from neighborhoods around the city. Held over two weeks each June, both at our church/institute building and at a large city park at Jarun Lake, Champs Camp serves 100-130 children each summer. At both weeks of camp, the children enjoy Bible lessons and songs, games, crafts, and lots of fun. Every year we have a group of volunteers from one of our supporting churches in the USA. We also have a group of about 30 or so Croatian volunteers who help make the camp happen. Many of the Croatian volunteers are teenagers who originally became involved as campers, and now want to stay involved as volunteers. We have several core families whose children have consistently participated for several years, and who are becoming friends of the church. I am the co-leader of these camps, and I also coordinate much of the required logistics.
The Youth camp with which I am involved is conducted each July as a partnership between the Churches of Christ in Zagreb and Varaždin. The camp is held at a nearby mountain house, and is designed for youth 13-20 years of age. We have in attendance youth from our churches, as well as from families who have been contacted through our other camps and outreach efforts. The goals of the camp are to encourage the youth in discipleship, as well as to develop relationships between them and the adult volunteers who come from our churches. I am the co-leader of this camp.
Family Bible Camp
Our congregation in Zagreb has organized this camp on the coast each August for almost 50 years. For an entire week, our families enjoy Bible teaching, group discussions, and plenty of time for fellowship and to enjoy the sea. Over the years this camp has proven to be an effective evangelistic tool, as many invite their friends and neighbors. We also have involvement from families who have come to us through Champs Camp and other ministries. I am usually involved in leading the youth discussion group.