The Center for Faith and Service (“The Center”), based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, announced today the 2016 list of Summer Camps that Change the World. We are proud to receive this distinction for Blue Lake Assembly.  Summer Camps that Change the World is published annually, and features both faith-based and secular camps from around the country.

“Summer camps have a defining place in our culture," says Wayne Meisel, Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Service. “Summer Camps that Change the World seeks to lift up, celebrate, and support these transformative institutions. The 2016 list includes camps that embody the joy, hope and power of the summer camp experience.” Blue Lake United Methodist Assembly is the epitome of these values while making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

“There are few places in our society where conversations around spiritual exploration and faith formation can happen in such deep, meaningful and lasting ways,” says Meisel.  “The camp experience invites young people to discover and begin to define the spiritual side of themselves. In my own experience, it was the encounter with role models – camp counselors who were often only a few years older than I – that provided a footprint for how I wanted to live my life into adulthood.”

The Center (www.faith3.org) is a think tank, convener and platform for ideas, programs and conversations around the connection and integration of faith and service. Based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, the Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.

Adapted from Press Release Chicago, Il, June 9, 2016 Wayne Meisel.

The Center for Faith and Service Announces Blue Lake is Honored as One of the Summer Camps that Change the World, Class of 2016