Encounter Making Memories for Many
Jun. 13, 2013
LCU camp one of the great campus traditions
One of the traditional events of the summer at Lubbock Christian University for the last 40-plus years has been Encounter, a camp for ninth graders and up that is one of the most anticipated events on campus. Encounter 2013, entitled "Logos - The Word Made Flesh," has been going on this week with over 700 campers in attendance. Lubbock Christian University students serve as counselors for the camp and for these young people the experience is a moving experience.
"Being with these counselors and getting to know each of them, I don't think I could have imagined a better group to lead these campers," said LCU senior-to-be Trisha Beard of Clyde.
Beard, along with her fellow counselors have been integral fixtures this entire week as campers have enjoyed a schedule and activities filled with spiritually uplifting classes, devotional opportunities and ministry moments as well as fun, interactive activities and entertainment. Throughout the day one of the major components of the camp experience is the chance that campers have to bond with their friends, some that they have known for years and others that they only met during the week.
"My favorite part of the week has been the futsol (indoor soccer) and basketball tournaments," said counselor Travis Hernandez, a senior from El Paso. "The campers really seemed to enjoy it."
Both Beard and Hernandez are eager to point out the intense spiritual vibe that the camp brings about. Interactive classes combined with vibrant devotionals, up-lifting evenings of worship and powerful keynote speakers create a camp experience unlike any other. Evening entertainment proves to be the perfect way to end each day. One night you can relax and laugh at the antics of a comedian, another you’ll listen to the inspirational music of the national touring band For King and Country.
"I firmly believe that the camp is serving its purpose to bring campers closer to Christ," said Hernandez. "And, to continue that growth when they leave camp."
"Getting to watch the campers come out of classes and keynotes really impacted is fun to see," added Beard of the spiritual aspect of the camp. "They start thinking and talking about their faith not only with me, but with each other. It's really awesome to see the community that forms from it. Encounter brings challenges and encouragement to the campers for them to grow more spiritually each day of the week."
Not only does the camp have a lasting effect on the campers, but the counselors are also impacted in a manner that lends to the development of themselves in a leadership role.
"As counselors we are in a special role where we are old enough to be seen as (role models) and authority figures," says Hernandez, "but not too old to so we are seen as parental figures."
Encounter began as Youth Lectures in 1959 and was directed by Dr. Wayne Hinds. It evolved into Encounter in 1972. The ideals and goals of what the camp staff and teachers hope to accomplish not only have an effect on the campers themselves, but there are many adult sponsors who have an experience that transcends age. The results always seem to be the same ... Encounter is most definitely alive and well on the LCU campus.