Every year, Rhema Youth run an amazing 5-day residential camp during the Easter holidays. Over 200 young people and volunteers travel to Lichfield for lifestyle seminars, activities, sports and incredible evening services.
The theme of Camp 2017 was Unleashed and the youth were encouraged to unleash their talents, skills and teamwork in creative arts and sports, unleash their boldness and face their fears in challenging outdoor activities, and unleash their God-given visions and dreams for their lives.
It was a powerful week and highlights this year included a dodgeball tournament and playing 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here' with real rats and snakes one evening. New seminars included: Setting goals, Representing Yourself on Social Media and Getting Out of Road Life.
What Camp 2017 Has Meant to me
Each Easter, Reaching Higher takes over 100 young people aged 13-18 years old to a 5-day residential. Here they get to be young, have fun and make friends. Here Ricky, Cathryn, Destiny and Kaylem tell us about their experiences.
Sofia, 15 (first youth camp experience)
I expected Rhema Youth Camp – Unleashed, to be centred on personal Godly experiences rather than being centred on building friendships with like-minded people. Whilst at camp, everyone was so very welcoming and willing to share their views on topics that aren't widely discussed by young people. It was amazing to be around so many people that believe that there's more to life.
Brickley Stuhr-Dent, 22
Brickley Stuhr-Dent, 22 I last went to camp in 2011, at the age of 16, so returning six years later at the age of 22 and in my new role as a first time leader was definitely exciting and slightly terrifying. With all my incredible and moving memories of my last Youth Camp, I was apprehensive to see how drastically different it would be as a leader, if different at all. Camp 2017 was AMAZING! It was more moving than I remembered and I honestly vow that it is a piece of Heaven on Earth. Most of all, I enjoyed the Destined sessions. These are girl-focused seminars that are broken up depending on age. For the week, I worked with the year 10 and 11 girls and I found speaking with them insightful and educational. Hearing how they view relationships and love while being able to discuss crucial personal matters such as self-worth and the importance of having clear standards in this world will always be memorable and something I am so very grateful for being able to have taken part in.