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 18-24, 2023), to explore the ways God is calling them into a life of discipleship in the world. One of the most important goals of camp is giving campers the confidence to grow in their faith, know their gifts matter, empowering them to share those gifts with the world, and know that Christ’s love is present in their lives. Registration for camp 2023 is open now!
About Harrisburg Area Confirmation Camp
Harrisburg Area Confirmation Camp has 6 tracks, or learning cohorts, that follow through the confirmation process and beyond! Campers can come back every year for a new experience that will help them learn more about themselves and their faith, as well as be part of an intentional community in Christ. Throughout their time at camp, campers will learn and grow with the same group of peers, creating relationships and bonds that last a lifetime.
Our first three tracks for 6th, 7th, & 8th graders are designed to compliment congregational confirmation programs and reinforce what youth learn in confirmation class, with focuses on the Lord’s Prayer, Apostle’s Creed, the 10 Commandments, and what it means to live as a baptized child of God.
Our 3 tracks for post-confirmation students, for 9th, 10th, & 11th graders, focus on deepening their relationship with Christ, identifying the gifts given to us in baptism, discerning God’s call, and being a servant leader in the church and the world.
Harrisburg Area Confirmation Camp, or Confirmation Camp or even just Con Camp as we call it, is a place where you can come as you are. Started in the early 70’s as a cooperative ministry of Harrisburg city Lutheran churches, Harrisburg Area Confirmation Camp is now a community made up of churches from all over the Lower Susquehanna Synod, including Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Lancaster, Mechanicsburg, Hershey, and more, where we work to be a loving community that the Holy Spirit can move through.
At the heart of this camp experience is ‘community’ with lots of time to gather with multiple generations for meals and evening events. Each track however, has a week-long curriculum, led by adult staff and counselors, meeting primarily in small groups. 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.