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Engage Truth Student Summer Camp 2024

Updated: 3 days ago



Registration is NOW Open!


**Full Camper and staff payments due by June 12th or earlier!**





*1st place: Faithfully Different & Truth in True Crime.

2nd Place: Truth in True Crime









Click on the Camp promo video here or on the picture below:






This page will be the main hub for updates about our camp schedule, speaker and staff training! Stay tuned! More info coming soon!


  • Where: Aspendale Mountain Retreat Center

  • Staff Cost: $100

  • Total Camper cost: $320 (Deposit of $50)

  • Camp Scholarship fund: If you would like to give to our Scholarship fund to help send other campers or staff to camp, click here. Make payments for camp: ***preferred options are the first two with no processing fees:

  1. Check: Mail a Check to Engage Truth Ministries. P.O. Box #12523, El Paso, Tx 79913

  2. Zelle: Give to Engage via Zelle by typing in Caleb's email: caleb.harrelson@yahoo.com

  3. Pay Online (includes a processing fee): click here.


Camp Schedule:

Sunday


  •  1-5pm- Check in at Aspendale at the Chapel (Free time until dinner)

    • Sign up for team sports (free time everyday) during registration.

  • 5pm- Dinner  

  • 6pm- worship- "Chaos to Clarity" Caleb Harrelson  (chapel) 1 Peter 1:13-16

  • 7pm- evening activity & counselor skit (team building with camp teams)  

  • 8:30pm- camp devotional activity (chapel)

  • 9:15pm- Group Cabin discussion time 

  • 10:30m- lights out  (Pre-teens lights out by 10pm)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


  • 7am- wake up bell  

  • 7:30am- morning calisthenics & morning devotional & Catechism  

  • 7:45am-Meet in the chapel- Worship song & announcements

  • 8:00- Breakfast  

  • 9am- Morning class

    • Pre-Teen: Foundation Worldview

    • Middle-High School: Monique & Krista

  • 10:30- Challenge courses rotation

  • 12- Lunch  (meet at chapel first)

  • 1- Worship - Preacher Jason Kerns (1 Peter 4:1-19)

  • 2:30pm- Clean up

  • 4pm- Pick up your student to go home.



Daily Camp Themes & Curriculum:


Note on Core Class Curriculum:

  • Mid-High school Curriculum: Written by our Camp director and Engage President, Caleb Harrelson, with the aid of other camp staff members and our staff required reading books (see above).

  • Pre-Teens (9-12 yo): These campers will have age appropriate material (using the Foundation Worldview Curriculum) and an earlier bedtime at camp than our mid-high school campers. Daily Camp Schedule coming soon.


Introductory Remarks:


In our cultural moment, the stats show that only 4% of Gen Z has a Biblical Worldview and a large number of students are deconstructing their faith. On top of that, Christian morals, much like in the early church, are now seen as being hateful to humanity. Like the Old Testament prophet Daniel, we must learn to be faithful to our Lord in a Babylonian-like culture. We must learn to be Faithfully Different. Navigating our culture as ambassadors of Christ means we must be willing to address the cultural idols with Biblical clarity and faithful living. Today, our unbelieving world is not only asking whether Christianity is true, they are asking whether Christianity is even good for society. As faithful Ambassadors of Christ, we MUST respond by equipping the next generation to stand firm on God's unchanging Word and how to effectively share the life giving message of the gospel to a confused culture.


Campers and Staff will both be equipped to tackle questions like...

  • how the gospel must be central to change our nation

  • Defining Biblical justice vs secular justice

  • Defining Biblical love vs. the secular definition

  • What it means to be made in God's image & love the body God gave you

  • Finding our identity in Christ alone and not in what we do or feel and identifying counterfeit gods (sports, job, relationships, LGBT identities, etc.)

  • How Christianity is good for the world and human flourishing.

  • The necessity of being committed to the Body of Christ in our witness to the world.


Daily Camp Themes:

  • Sunday- Cultural chaos vs Biblical Clarity

    • Brief Description: Students will reflect on how culture is aggressively trying to get Christians to compromise, deconstruct, or redefine terms (i.e. love, justice, oppression) instead of being faithful to God. How can we respond like Daniel? We must first reflect on God's Glory in the gospel and his unchanging Word to move forward.

  • Monday- Who is God?

    • Brief Description: Students we dive into the Holy Love, justice and mercy of God. Questions about the justice of God in the OT and NT will be answered by looking at the Character of God.

  • Tuesday- Made in His Image

    • Brief Description: Students will grapple with what it means to be made in the Image of God and identifying false narratives about what it means to be a human (evolution, secular humanism, new age, expressive individualism).

  • Wednesday- In Christ Alone

    • Brief Description: Students will be challenged to build their identity on Christ alone and reject any counterfeit gods that they might be building their lives around (sports, attractions, feelings, friends, music, etc.).

  • Thursday- Why Christianity is good for society

    • Brief Description: Students will hear testimonies and learn about how the Biblical worldview has shaped nations that have a love for human rights and justice. In short: they will learn WHY Biblical morality is not only good for the world, it is the best option for human flourishing.

  • Friday: This is the Way

    • Brief Description: Students will learn about the value of loving and being committed to the body of Christ and practical ways they can use their gifts to strengthen their local churches. Key Staff Positions:

      • Camp Director: Caleb Harrelson

      • Assistant Director: Jason Kerns

      • Registration & Hospitality: Hannah Mastriani & Sonia Ayala

      • Aspendale Caretaker: Jim Petit

      • Nurse: TBA soon

      • Head Boys Counselor: Juan Briones

      • Head girls Counselor: Karen Luse

      • Worship Leader: Oscar Alderete

      • Staff kid childcare: TBA

      • Videographer: Michael Head

      • A/V: TBA

      • Activities Director: Laura Harrington

        • Assistants: Hiram Samaniego & Ken V.

      • Preachers: Caleb H. Juan. Charlie, Drew Cook, Matthew, Jason Kerns

      • Age specific teachers

        • High School Guys: Caleb H.

        • High School Girls: Kendra H.

        • Mid School Guy: Matthew Mitchell

        • Mid School Girls: Kimberly Mathis

        • Pre-Teen Boys: Juan Briones

        • Pre-Teen Girls: Annette Vanderzwan

      • Guest Teachers:

Downloadable Promo fliers:


Kid friendly flier:

Engage Camp kid flier 2024
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Teen Friendly Flier (ropes course in the background)


Engage Camp flier 2024 (5.18 x 8.22 in) (2)
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Youth Engage Camp flier 2024 (1)
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More camp info on the schedule, special games/activities, and special topics in apologetics coming soon....

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