Some are now pastors, some congregational council presidents, some youth ministers or volunteers. Some are still in school, some have families of their own, and a few have even left the church. But for many, LT Camp was a defining moment in their faith formative lives. It was an opportunity to be immersed in a caring, non-judgmental Christian community, where they could celebrate their gifts in ways many had not experienced prior to this experience. In fact, for many that is the most lasting impression. It’s where they found the confidence to be the leaders God was already equipping them to be. Read below why LT Camp is still provided at NO CHARGE to first-year candidates.
LT Camp 2017: July 30 – August 4, 2017
Camp Nawakwa’s Upper Camp
LT Application 2017
A unique blend of fun, intentional community, faithful worship, play, prayer, and exploring scripture in the context of faithful conversation, led by experienced educators, youthworkers, and pastors, LT Camp strives to combine all these elements to invite young leaders into an exploration of faith in daily life and Christian vocation. The focus is not necessarily to create youth ministers, pastors or Christian educators, but to challenge young leaders to explore how to share their gifts in service to our Lord, our congregations, communities and the world. Using Christ as our model for servant leadership, youth are invited to use faith practices as they live into their leadership gifts in the safe setting of caring peers and mentors.
Youth will be challenged to begin thinking about ways they might use their leadership gifts to faithfully serve God and others within their congregations, schools, communities, families, and to the larger world around them. For many this has led to transformational life changes around vocational choices. In some cases alumni have pursued calls to full-time ministry, while others have created non-profits and brought to life service ministry organizations, and still others faithfully volunteer within their home congregations and other community organizations.Youth who have successfully navigated the first-year and who put their leadership into practice in their home congregations, may return for a second-year curriculum that goes even deeper.
Qualifications & Registration
To register for camp, youth must have completed grade 9 at the time of camp, or be under 21 years of age. All applicants for the first-year track must have the recommendation of a congregational youth leader or pastor. We encourage all participants to stay for the entire week, from Sunday evening – Friday evening, but will consider applicants who must depart early for other ministry-based events like servant trips or summer youth trips. To apply, simply print the LT Application 2017 and mail it to:
Lower Susquehanna Synod
Office for Children, Youth & Family Ministry
900 S. Arlington Ave, Room 220B
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Alumni of the first-year track and all prospective counselors will receive invitations by email or mail to return to camp for the second year track (called the Alumni Track), or to serve as counselors for the week.
The Story Behind Why LT Camp is FREE
Funded in a large part by the generous gifts of Gordon & Sandy Lamb, the first-year participant attends at no cost. The Lambs, who accompanied youth from their home congregation to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Dallas in the early 90’s, came home sensing a need to help equip young people from central Pennsylvania with many of the same confident leadership they experienced from young people they encountered from the midwest. It was a Spirit-led moment. Under the guidance of the synod Office for Youth Ministry, and utilizing the leadership gifts of a number of synod pastors and youthworkers, a curriculum was designed and continues to this day that evolves with the ever-changing context of leadership in today’s church and world, with traditional Lutheran theology and faith practices at its heart. Even though Sandy lost her battle with lung cancer in 2010, Gordon continues her legacy, sponsoring the camp to this day.
Today LT Alum and Staff like Missy & Chris Grant, also generously gift the camp to help keep the first-year track as a fully scholarshipped track. In recent years, staff have also taken on the responsibility of purchasing and preparing camp meals to save on event costs for participants. It is this variety of sahred gifts that make this camp possible and affordable.