Marking 29 Years of Life-Changing Camp Ministry

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Camp ministry is a life-changing ministry. It was my privilege for 29 years to work in a camp in northeastern Wisconsin and then serve as the director of that same camp for nine years. During that time not only did I run a camp as a director but I also spoke in camps all over the United States—actually in foreign countries.

Camp ministry is a life-changing ministry where you bring together young people from various local churches and other locations and they come into a certain setting that is distinctly and uniquely a camp where you have a staff that is committed with a tremendous program and then most importantly it’s centered around the preaching and the teaching of God’s Word. And putting all those things together it becomes a life-changing week. We know here at Bob Jones University so many students made decisions for the Lord during their camping years as they were growing up—especially in their teen years and their junior camp years.

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My favorite part about camp is really, really two things. One is the preaching of God’s Word. And then secondly to be engaged with young people who are full of energy and excitement and enthusiasm but especially to see that turned for Christ. And then they have a heart that is open and willing and surrendered to follow the Lord. And whether it’s a big camp or a small camp, whether it’s in the mountains or whether it’s in a forested area, it really doesn’t matter as long as you have the key ingredients of a good staff, a solid Bible preacher/speaker, and a setting that is private and conducive for God to work. It’s a great combination for a life-changing week.

Camp footage used by permission of The Wilds Christian Association, Inc.


Steve Pettit traveled for many years with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team before becoming president of Bob Jones University. His ultimate goal for BJU is to prepare students to serve and love others, no matter their vocation.