Loving Community Camp

By Katie Goldsmith, Volunteer Storyteller

Meet the Figueroa family: John, Jessica, Sofia, and Noah. Although they have attended Northshore Community Church since 2009, it wasn’t until 2014 that they first ventured to Community Camp. At the prompting of friends from their small group, they packed their bags, loaded up their car, and drove east, not knowing what to expect but excited to embark on a new adventure.

Arriving at the Chelan County Fairgrounds, they found themselves working with other families to set up tents, inflate air mattresses, and unload coolers.  While darkness made the task challenging, they enjoyed the camaraderie by flashlight and much laughter.  Over the course of the next few days, they experienced community in a beautiful and unique way, doing life together.

Community Camp is a welcoming, affordable, and fun-filled environment where there is a place for everyone.  Some tent camp, some RV camp, and some stay in local hotels or condos.   Families with kids, singles, empty-nesters, and single parents all come together to create a multi-generational experience that overcomes the boundaries that often divide us. An un-rushed setting creates space for intentional conversations and allows you to go deeper with those you know while also encouraging new connections. The casual environment provides church members greater accessibility to leaders, as well as opportunities for their entire family to serve.

As parents, John and Jessica have loved the opportunity for their kids to experience freedom through adventure and exploration in a safe environment that encourages independence while also fostering community.

Following breakfast, the daily schedule begins with a community gathering of fun games and skits, followed by worship and a message.  Childcare is available for little ones, and children through youth have their own teaching times. The Figueroas feel the adult small group discussion time after the service has perhaps been the highlight of camp as they’ve entered into deep conversations with people they’ve only just met and have developed friendships that continue for years.

Afternoons are filled with activities for every age and interest. Organized on-site activities include games, sports, a kids’ bike parade, and volleyball. Those seeking more adventure might enjoy a trip to Leavenworth, Slide Waters in Chelan, white-water river rafting, and swimming and inner tubing at Lincoln Rock State park. In the evenings, many gather around a campfire for storytelling, s’mores roasting, and sing-a-longs.  Other highlights of the week include an ice cream social, 4th of July fireworks in Wenatchee, and the ever-popular talent show at the end of the week.  Many meals are provided at the camp, and the town of Cashmere is close by with grocery stores and restaurants.

As parents, John and Jessica have loved the opportunity for their kids to experience freedom through adventure and exploration in a safe environment that encourages independence while also fostering community. “They’ll get up early, hop on their bikes or scooters, and set off to breakfast to meet up with friends and hang out in the Great Barn or play in the field.  We know they are safe and can find us when they need to, but can also enjoy some childhood freedom,” Jessica said.

When asked why they have chosen to make Community Camp a priority for their family, Jessica said, “I want my kids to experience and remember what it means to be a part of the church outside the four walls of a building.” The Figueroa family encourages you to gather your people, pack up your car, and head east the first week of July to join your church family, not only to grow your faith, but also to enjoy fellowship and have some fun.

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