Welcome to Virtual Camp Carew
Religious education is taking a major hit during this pandemic. Most of our churches are struggling right now just to provide worship and pastoral care. Sunday School classes are canceled; VBS is canceled; and youth and adult mission trips feel like a thing of the distant past. We must be the Church creatively during this time. Worship is an essential part of being the Church, but we should also seek out and create new ways to teach our faith to our children.
It's probably obvious that this virtual camp will not be as much fun as attending a week with other campers in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and swimming and boating in Little Grassy Lake. This online program will attempt to provide our "virtual campers" with some of the Bible lessons, camp songs, craft projects, and other activities that campers have enjoyed at Camp Carew since 1952.
Although this online program was designed specifically for young people from the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois, we welcome "virtual" campers of all ages, from all traditions, and from all locations to celebrate and discover the Creator of all things who loves each of us beyond measure.
The structure of this "Peace Talks" curriculum, the selection of Bible passages for each day and the selection of focus words or phrases for each day, was developed many years ago by Inside Out: Christian Resources for Outdoor Ministries. To teach our camp songs, to lead our exercises, to study nature, and to do our crafts we've relied on videos available on YouTube.
Camp Carew welcomes campers from all religious traditions.
Camp Carew is a drug- and alcohol-free environment.