A Place to Belong Campers Make Decisions to Belong to Jesus

More than 1,000 campers from across the Northwest made Sunset Lake Camp a part of their summer plans.

They came to enjoy a number of new on- and off-site activities, including remote control cars, a giant swing, LEGO robotics, sea kayaking and whale watching. But they also came to experience a feeling of belonging that will stay with them long after the thrill of camp has faded.

“At Sunset Lake, campers are connected to a community that cares about them as individuals and nurtures them toward personal growth and positive relationships,” said David Yeagley, Washington Conference youth director. “At the heart of everything we do is an unconditional love for Jesus.”

This bottom-line attitude is changing youth across the conference. This summer 335 young people committed their lives to Christ in addition to 118 campers desiring to prepare for baptism and 111 referred to local Pathfinder clubs.

“These campers are more than just numbers to us,” said Yeagley. “Our summer staff has spent hours working and praying for each of these campers individually.”

The camp is also intentional in following up on the decisions made at camp each year by working with local pastors, supplying parents with a home-based baptismal guide, and each fall organizing a baptismal preparation retreat.

As Sunset Lake prepares to celebrate 50 years of operation, one thing is for sure: Sunset Lake is a place where you, your child or grandchild can come to the feet of Jesus and find a place to belong.

October 01, 2006 / Washington Conference