Ministry of French Camp Academy
French Camp Academy is a Christian school-home for young people of all ages who need to be away from their family home to live and learn. We offer a safe, stable, healing environment for young people from families in crisis. To learn more, visit www.frenchcamp.org.
French Camp Academy & Camp of the Rising Son Statement of Faith
Adopted from The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechism
I. God is the One being existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is the Sovereign, the Creator and the Sustainer of all things. God is the source and end of all truth.
II. The Scriptures are the written Word of God, inerrant in their original writings. They are the infallible authority by which He directs and governs all our activities, including the education of our children.
Person and Work of Christ
III. Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is truly God and truly man. Through Christ’s life, death, resurrection and ascension, He accomplished for His people a decisive victory over sin and death and established His kingdom among men.
IV. Man was created in the image of God as a rational, moral and spiritual being. Man sinned in Adam and fell with him in his first transgression. Man’s fall affected him spiritually, intellectually and physically. Man is restored only by the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit and the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
V. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory and triumph for the final judgment and the consummation of His kingdom. All those who have truly repented of their sins and have received Christ as their personal savior will be eternally with the Lord Jesus Christ. All those who have failed truly to repent of their sins and have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ will be eternally damned without Christ in a literal hell.
Camp of the Rising Son makes every effort to meet the highest standards for operating a fun, adventure-packed summer camp program. To promote this standard of excellence, we maintain our accreditation with the American Camp Association®. Being ACA-Accredited® assures parents that Camp of the Rising Son has had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond state regulations. We care enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation — including everything from staff qualifications and training to health care, the site itself and food service to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety. Camp of the Rising Son makes this extra effort because we are committed to the health and safety of the children we serve.
Camp of the Rising Son is also a member in good standing of the Christian Camp and Conference Association. CCCA provides valuable resources, education and training to equip Christian camps to impact more lives.
Camp of the Rising Son Goals and Objectives
Camp of the Rising Son aims to develop the campers’ interest in outdoor activities as well as teach them new skills. A strong emphasis is placed on encouraging and stimulating creativity. In addition, CRS offers campers the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn more about themselves, and learn how to live with others. It is imperative that we work towards these goals in a way that provides for the safety of our campers, is consistent with a Christian worldview, and is fun.
Camp Goals: Program Objectives:
Personal contact: Emphasize small groups: 12 campers per cabin; 10 campers for every activity instructor.
Spiritual admonition: Provide opportunity for individual spiritual counsel; give example of personal devotions; emphasize the gospel’s bearing on every aspect of life; staff show Christ’s preeminence by our walk and talk.
Responsibility: Campers help in cleaning cabin, in keeping their personal belongings neat and orderly, and in being on time for meals, activities, and meetings; encourage campers to feel responsible for the CRS environment and to exercise good stewardship by picking up litter and by protecting plant and animal life.
Achievement: Campers develop skills in a wide range of land and water activities; exercise personal preference in activity choice; set high standards for awards in these activities; assist each camper in overcoming personal difficulties to reach a goal.
Participation: Encourage all to take part; provide enough variety to encompass and stimulate interests and abilities so that all desire to participate. Focus on enjoyment of participation and not competition.
Creativity: Provide opportunities for campers to think and work creatively through programs and activities; recognize the importance of each camper’s thoughts and ideas; show flexibility within activities and allow each to pursue his/her special interests.
Spiritual development: Demonstrate and encourage a lifestyle of submission to God and thankfulness for his provision in dependence on Christ, being conformed into his likeness as he is revealed in the Bible.
Physical development: Develop enjoyment of camping and outdoor living; provide a wide variety of opportunities for campers to broaden their interests in physical activities; allow each camper to develop skills at his or her own pace and to attain excellence in activities of his or her own choice; provide ways for campers to build muscular control and coordination. Challenge, but never ridicule each camper. Safety, always a primary concern, does not exclude challenge.
Social development: Help campers learn to live with, understand, and empathize with others; help foster friendships among the campers; develop personal leadership skills as well as the willingness to be a contributing member of the group or team; introduce each camper to the world as a community of human beings, not all of whom are similar to one another, but all of whom must be lived with, treated with respect, understood, sympathized with, and helped.
Mental and emotional: Nurture in each camper the ability to face life’s daily challenges and to address the problems s/he faces; direct the camper to seek solutions in God’s Word; guide the camper toward a mature understanding of himself/ herself.
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