One part of the ministry of Young Lives is to take teen moms to Lake Champion, New York for "The Best Week of Their Life." One week during the summer the Young Life camp dedicates a week for teen moms and babies. Imagine 500 strollers parked outside cabins, pack and plays inside next to all the bunk beds, volunteer babysitters holding babies, and high chairs galore in the main dining hall! It's a sight to see. This is where teen moms really Get the Gospel. They are piled on buses with car seats and excited leaders. They are scared to leave the comfort of home, family and travel for the first time to camp. When they get to camp they turn in their phones begrudgingly and think what did my leader get me into? By the end of the week, these teen moms don't want to get back on the bus and go back to normal life. So many get on the bus with new friends, new bibles and new relationships with Jesus. During the year, and especially at our annual fundraising banquet, we raise the $600.00 cost to send a teen mom and her baby to camp. It takes countless hours getting the girls ready for camp including all the baby items and things for a trip. Lots of paperwork including physical and shot records for mom and baby. In the end, it is well worth the time involved! Working with hundreds of Young Life/Young Lives leaders and volunteers and camp staff to provide Jesus each and every day to these teen moms for an entire week. It is a great blessing that keeps giving back. One week can truly be a HEART and LIFE changer toward their heavenly future. This year’s camp week is August 5-9. We have plenty of volunteer opportunities as babysitters for that week. We have had mothers/daughters, husband/wives spend that week as a mission trip to honor and support these teen moms at camp. Please join us and help make this week The Best Week of Their Life.
Young Lives Club Coordinator
Providence Church/Westside Community Center
430 Hannum Avenue