SALVATION ARMY CAMPING STATEMENT OF FAITH
SALVATION ARMY MISSION: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
PURPOSE OF SALVATION ARMY CAMPING: The mission of Salvation Army camping is to serve the needs of campers: physically, socially, and spiritually. For physical needs, our aim is to help campers develop good health habits in cleanliness, proper rest, balanced diet, exercise and care for the body. To meet social needs, the camp provides an opportunity for each camper to contribute to and receive a group living experience. To meet spiritual needs, our goal is to give campers the tools to develop a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
GOALS OF SALVATION ARMY CAMPING:
- To promote awareness of God, His love, and through the love of Jesus Christ, to promote spiritual growth and knowledge of basic human needs.
- To give children, youth, and adults a fun-filled, healthy, safe, educational, and inspirational experience in nature.
- To help develop an understanding, appreciation, and a sense of stewardship for nature, the natural environment, and for all living creatures.
- To develop social responsibility by providing campers the opportunity to meet, appreciate, and accept persons of different racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
- To provide a loving and supportive environment where families can learn to cope with and solve their problems.
- To facilitate creative self-expression through thought, worship, song, work, play, physical activity, and the development of new skills.
- To encourage each person to participate in planning activities and developing leadership skills.
- To assist in developing an appreciation of the wonder and joy of the miracles of everyday living.
- To stress the importance of Christian values by stressing those values in daily living and actions by meaningful discussions, Bible study, and worship.
- These goals are achieved through carefully selected staff, well- planned programs, and the highest standards of health and safety.