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And, We’re Back (hopefully)

 —  March 29, 2013 — 4 Comments


After several weeks of blog fiascos (technical challenges far above my pay grade) we’ve returned! Apparently, this blog implodes if readership goes past 13.

Some Random Randomness to get us back in our groove:

* On Tuesday and Wednesday night of this week, we invited all of our JH small groups to meet us at church for a Seder Dinner. It was an awesome time of education, worship and appreciation for the traditions of our Jewish friends. When you combine wealthy Orange County kids with Evangelicalism, it’s no surprise that a lack of an understanding of history and tradition prevails.

* Summer is coming, and you are probably already beginning to plan your summer camps or retreats. I’ve created a new experiential book/journal that I believe is the PERFECT way to help the kids at camp get to know one another. Check it out!

* Speaking of Summer Camp….IT IS SO EXPENSIVE! I’m just thinking out loud, here and would love your thoughts: Would a stay-at-home camp of sorts ever work for JH students? One way to think of it would be a hyped up, way cooler, jh version of VBS that takes place over 3 or 4 days. Many of the elements of traditional camp but way less costly. Thoughts on that, please!

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

4 responses to And, We’re Back (hopefully)

  1. Well, Kurt, we have to big event each summer for our ministry of 70ish middle schoolers:
    1) In place of going to camp we now take the students to a National Park. We have a three year rotation between some nearby parks so we are familiar with each and the students get a new experience. We’ve had great times away from the normal, everyday stuff, plus we get a TON of free help from the National Park Service.
    2) We also do a local missions experience where we team up with a few other churches for a week of service. We do stay at one church overnight, with a band and a speaker. Plus, every night we head off for a fun activity around town to let the kids be kids.

    I love both of these events to death and together I only charge parents $225.

  2. We do a VBS type event for our middle schoolers. It is outreach focused, but has the worship, message, small groups, food, large camp-type games. We host it at our church and run it for 4 nights (Mon-Thurs) and then go to an amusement park all day on Friday. It is WAY cheaper than camp. It works great for us, but you definitely don’t have the extended time with the students like you would at a camp.

  3. We are going to try that this summer. It is going to be a mission camp. We will have fun and wacky games and service projects and worship services at night. It will be 2 nights and 3 days because I am really hoping to get more of our 6th graders there who may not want to leave home much longer than that. I will let you know how the camp goes…but I am really excited to try it.

  4. We do a shorter camp…4 days (Sunday – Wednesday) and its only $140 & you get the blob, ziplines & all the fun stuff included in the price

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