With more than 350 campers and even more lives changed, to say that the second-annual GO! Camp was a success is an understatement. The weeklong service camp, held June 3- 8 on Freed-Hardeman University’s campus, combined work and play to produce an inspiring and challenging week for its campers.
GO! Camp, designed for youth groups and students entering grades seven through twelve, provided campers with opportunities to worship, discuss, and serve. Director Brad Montague said, “This year our theme focused on why we do what we do: love. Students met people who live out God's love in a variety of ways and experienced hands-on classes led by other students where they shared service they had done over the past year.” Campers also participated in sessions, labs, and projects in which they learned the true meaning of GO!’s motto: “Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world.”
Campers chatted with missionaries around the world via Skype, collected more than 3,000 bottles of water for the homeless of Little Rock, Ark., and cheered at a special-needs baseball game. Through the efforts of GO! supporters, roughly $53,000 was raised to feed starving children; these funds allowed campers to pack 139,968 meals, which will feed 384 children in Haiti and Africa for a year.
“We work hard to inspire our students, but especially to empower them to go out and put what we talk about into action. Our hope is that we surround them with the people and resources they need to serve their community and the world,” Montague said.
Katie England, a GO! staff member, added, “GO! Camp was truly amazing and beautiful. God was seen through so many people; it was like nothing I had seen before. So many kids are now doing so much more than they ever thought possible.”