LLL Camping Ministry Grants
In November 2019, the LLL Board announced a significant sponsorship of Christian Life Weeks (CLWs) and similar LCA District camping ministry activities. The $75,000 annual grant will be provided for the next three years.
Each District Youth Department directly received a portion of the total depending on size. The youth department then had discretion to spend the funding in a variety of ways. One aim is to encourage and financially support ‘first-time’ campers or financially assist congregations experiencing financial hardship who wish to send campers and leaders willing to go to a CLW or similar camp. Another aim is to provide general financial support for the cost of providing a CLW or similar camp, therefore reducing the attendance costs for participants.
The grants were received with great enthusiasm and the LLL received very positive feedback.
Traditionally CLWs and similar camps would run during the school holiday breaks, allowing students to connect with other like-minded youth and connect with God, through fun activities, bible studies and worship. Each district holds these camps at different times during the year and caters for youth from upper primary to Year 12 and beyond.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation saw a ‘new norm’ of physically and socially distancing from people in the community and some states implemented online learning during times of lockdown to safeguard school staff, students and families, making it even harder for young people to connect with friends.
Instead of meeting in person, the CLW camp organisers and team leaders did an amazing job to put together online camps, with attendees being able to connect to peer activities through online communication platforms like Zoom and Discord from the comfort of their homes. Thanks to the LLL grant, most online-based camps were able to be offered for free to participants. What a fantastic outcome during adversity!
The LLL wishes all District Youth camping ministries every success as we navigate these new ways of connecting with the youth of the Lutheran Church and we look forward to seeing more campers having a great time together, whether that is online or in person, in the future.