Kids can have a difficult time figuring out where they’re going – much less who they’re becoming. That’s why, at Cedarkirk, more important than what we do is how we do it. Our counselors live the lessons they teach, reinforcing the values that campers look for each time they return to camp. Whether during group Bible study or casual one-on-one conversation, we ensure Cedarkirk is a place apart where honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring thrive, and spirits grow. Because it’s more than a summer of fun – it’s a lifetime of character.
Camp is one of the most effective environments in which young people develop, learn, and grow in faith. A significant and growing body of research shows that time spent at camp – and away from home! – helps kids grow.
Camp gives young people the opportunity to:
SMALL-GROUP, RESIDENTIAL CAMPING
Cedarkirk offers small-group camping throughout its varied programs – a “family group”, typically comprised of boys and girls with their counselors, will experience camp together and grow as a group. We believe this is the best model to provide a nurturing and safe environment and helps foster meaningful relationships among campers and between campers and counselors. The community that forms within the “family group” and that group’s relation to the rest of camp is an important aspect of the Cedarkirk experience.
Regardless of the particular program you and your child select, EVERY camper will be part of our small-group camping experience. The greatest strength of our summer program is the community that forms here each week among staff and campers in these small groups and we make sure each camper is a part of it! Even our specialty camps (i.e. Culinary Camps, Adventure Camps, etc.) have only one block of specialty time each day, at most. The rest of the day is spent as a small group at activities like archery, canoeing, Bible study, swimming, cook outs, and more. After dinner, small groups in the same age range will come together for supervised free time, worship, and night activities.
Cedarkirk campers leave with a sense of accomplishment and a greater appreciation for their own – and others’ – abilities. They gain a deeper comprehension of their relationship with God and a new perspective on what they are capable of achieving.
Trust, courage, achievement, cooperation, decision-making, a sense of wonder, and a deeper understanding of God are gained through life lived in intentional community and time spent outdoors.
CEDARKIRK’S SUMMER STAFF
Our counselors are integral in shaping and upholding the community that forms here at camp. They are energetic, dedicated, Christian young adults who have committed their time and energy to caring for your child. A mature and well-trained staff is the key component to all of Cedarkirk’s summer programs.
Each counselor goes through an extensive hiring process that includes personal interviews and several background checks (including fingerprint analysis through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Children and Families). Staff that are hired receive eleven days of intensive training prior to the beginning of camp as well as ongoing instruction and skill tests throughout the summer. Training covers a diverse range of topics, including outdoor living skills, effective management of a small group and how to relate to the needs of individuals within that group, facilitation of all of our activities, positive discipline techniques, and certification in CPR and first aid.
Cedarkirk staff are equipped with the skills necessary to create a physically and emotionally safe environment in which all campers can thrive, grow, and have fun.