With summer right around the corner, you might be contemplating vacation options or looking into a camp experience for your kids. If your child is between the ages of 9 and 14, you might want to consider a camp that will be using the Dare to Be a Daniel Experience.
Reaching teens and tweens for Christ involves equipping young Christians to share the Gospel effectively and appropriately with their peers. We know that camp is a great place for that to happen. The Dare to Be a Daniel Experience could be the very tool you need to help your campers impact the Kingdom of God, long after the end of camp.
Dare to Be a Daniel is innovative evangelism training from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) targeted toward this next generation. It is comprised of resources by youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, and vacation Bible school instructors.
Just six years after its launch, more than 26,000 have completed the youth evangelism curriculum and are now “Team Daniel” members.
“As we are living in what some would call a post-Christian era, the influence of these young people shining a light for Christ among their friends and classmates cannot be overstated,” says Preston Parrish, executive vice president of the BGEA.
“Recent studies have shown that up to 88 percent of high school students who were raised in evangelical homes leave the church by the age of 18 and never return. It’s our prayer that these 26,000 teens and young adults – as well as those who go through the Daniel program in the months and years to come – will have a major impact on that number as they purpose in their hearts to live a godly life and reach those around them with the hope of Christ,” Parrish adds.
Campers who follow the five-session adaptable training adventure will multiply their reach with the Good News. Based in Scripture, the Dare to Be a Daniel Experience will help kids know what they believe and live a lifestyle of sharing Christ with their peers.
“Dare to Be a Daniel is the perfect curriculum for your week-long camp,” says Hugh Wright, former CEO of Camp Cedar Cliff in Asheville, N.C. “We have done three camps using D2BD at Camp Cedar Cliff and were blown away by the results. Our 9- to 14-year-old campers left camp excited and equipped, ready to share their faith in Christ with their friends and family.”
Another camp leader, Karen Isaac of the Upper Palmetto YMCA in Fort Mill, S.C., says, “After going through the material in preparation for camp, I see the excellent effort that has gone into making it a study of quality. It is very applicable to today’s youth, and I believe it will be enjoyed by each camp participant. It really connects with this generation.”
FIND A CAMP NEAR YOU
The following camps will be using the D2BD program in 2012. You can get more information about registration on each camp’s website. Keep in mind that the Dare to Be a Daniel ministry does not endorse any particular camp. Once you click, you will be redirected to a site away from billygraham.org.
ALACCA Bible Conference: Stites, Idaho
Village Creek: Lansing, Iowa
Fair Haven Camp: Brooks, Maine
iRock Ministries: Smithsburg, Maryland
Camp Beechpoint: Allegan, Michigan
Camp Berachah: Dowagiac, Michigan
Crystal Springs Camp: Dowagiac, Michigan
Camp Michawana: Hastings, Michigan
Maranatha Bible Camp: Maxwell, Nebraska
Screamin’ Eagle Outfitters: Flat Rock, North Carolina
Pleasant Garden Baptist Church: Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
VBS – July 15 to 19
Twin Pines Camp & Conference Center: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Camp Thurman: Arlington, Texas