YFC engages nearly 10,000 kids in Camp opportunities
June 6, 2022
DENVER— As schools begin to let out for the summer and teens are looking for summer activities, Youth For Christ (YFC, www.yfc.net) is proud to offer a fun, Christ-filled option — YFC Camps. From June to August, YFC Camp will be deployed throughout the country at various camp properties, collectively reaching the next generation.
Since its beginning in 1944, YFC has been raising up lifelong followers of Jesus by creating transformational environments such as YFC Camp for young people through authentic relationships, shared experiences, outdoor challenges and times of solitude that draw students to the heart of God.
“We’re thrilled to report that YFC Camps and summer trips are back at a time when kids need authentic, Christ-sharing relationships more than ever,” stated Jacob Bland, YFC president and CEO.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have increased our training and equipping efforts to help local leaders everywhere re-imagine and prepare for innovative camp experiences. This year, we will host large YFC Camps at regional locations while supporting dozens of unique, localized camp expressions for kids who need hope. As a result, we expect to engage more kids than ever before. YFC remains ‘geared to the times and anchored to the Rock,’ meaning we will keep innovating in how camp is delivered while always being focused on creating environments that invite God to transform the lives of young people.”
In a typical summer, YFC engages nearly 10,000 kids in YFC Camp opportunities through nationally led regional camps as well as local camping opportunities at 130 chapters across America.
YFC Camp offers an exciting and safe place for kids who do not know Jesus and who have not grown up in a church. Leaders build high-trust relationships with kids at pivotal moments who are searching for identity, purpose, and belonging. Year-round relationships are built as leaders listen to kids’ stories, and ultimately connect them to God’s story of hope for their lives.
Students who participated in YFC Camps have commented on the impact the camps have had on their lives:
“God healed a lot of places in my heart that were wounded, and He really confirmed for me that He does not condemn me.”
“I realized that by surrendering my life to Christ I can be the ultimate me. I also learned that His plans for my life far exceed those I can make on my own.”
“This week God taught me to look beyond what my eyes can see.”
“I know now that I am the most important and beautiful thing God has created.”
YFC chapters impact thousands of communities across the nation, seeking out and serving youth from all walks of life. Young people are silently struggling through a wide variety of challenging issues—and through the YFC ministry God empowers, they see the living power of a loving God. YFC trains its leaders in a proven, relational ministry model called 3Story®, which encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life to lead people to Christ.
YFC has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has over 130 chapters that impact communities across America.