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Outdoor Ministry2018-04-16T13:30:05+00:00

Outdoor MinistryFaith Formation at our Camps

The Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania operates three unique outdoor ministry sites on the territory of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, each affording the participant the opportunity to experience God in Creation, in powerfully interactive and faithful ways.
Camp Nawakwa: Arendtsville, PA
Camp Kirchenwald: Colebrook, PA
The Wittel Farm: Elizabethtown, PA
All of the web links included here will take you to the camping corporation’s website, where you will find links to their various spring, summer, and fall programming and summer camps. As traditional faith formation ministry opportunities in congregations takes a summer sabbath, consider suggesting camp, as a way to keep youth and their families immersed in faithful conversation and practices.

Growing Project at Wittel Farm

The Wittel Farm, long known as a location for days of prayer and reflection, has recently also been returned to a working farm. Working cooperatively, the Lutheran Camping Corporation and Hunger-Free Lancaster County, have partnered to shepherd The Growing Project at Wittel Farm. With approximately five acres of corn and other fruits and vegetables, volunteers help plant, tend, and harvest the crops that are shared at no cost, with people living with the realities of food insecurity in Lancaster county.
Volunteers can attend regularly-scheduled “dinner church” meal and worship experiences at the farm in the summer months, and can access not only a day of service, but engage in service-learning experiences, led by the project director Pastor Matt Lenahan. To learn more about ways you can register a group to serve at the farm on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays, please visit our Growing Project web page, at https://www.lss-elca.org/faith-formation/growing-project-at-wittel-farm/

Confirmation Camp(s)

The Harrisburg Area Confirmation Camp, serves approximately 30+ congregations that attend from various conferences, across our synod. Between 250-300 youth and their congregational advisors gather each year for one week in June (June 16-22, 2018), to explore the ways God is calling them into a life of discipleship in the world.
Pastors and congregational youthworkers and volunteers comprise the event staff, and serve alongside college-aged students who assist as small group discussion leaders alongside adult staff, and as cabin counselors. Youth in grades 7-12, can participate in one of a number of curriculum tracks:
Pathfinders (7th grade)
Saints (8th grade)
God’s Gifted People (9th grade)
Maturing in the Body of Christ (10th grade)
Leadership Training (11th Grade)
Counselors (12th grade+college undergrads)
Each track has a week-long curriculum, led by adult staff and counselors, meeting primarily in small groups, but the week is highlighted by all-camp worship on a daily basis, along with all-camp games, activities, campfires, and opportunities for fellowship and peer-to-peer learning. While the overall theme of the week focuses on what it means to be a baptized Child of God in today’s world, each track focuses on a different aspect of our development as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Started in the early 70’s as a cooperative ministry of Harrisburg city Lutheran churches, the camp now has participating congregations from a variety of conferences, but still bears the original name. To learn more about the different tracks, about the 40+ year history of this camp, or to find out how to become a member congregation, visit their website at: http://harrisburgconfirmationcamp.org/
The All Saints Confirmation Camp, is also a partnership of various synod congregations, held in June (June 10-15, 208). More details are coming soon!