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Four Things You Need To Do Before Youth Camp

We love summer! No more alarm clocks, bonfires, and planned spontaneity! And if you’re a youth worker, we’re guessing you probably love it too. Our summer youth calendar is jam-packed with cool stuff like camp, mission trips, and summer activities all designed to help our students grow in their trust in Jesus. But the grind of summer can also be overwhelming for us … and our families. Before we kick off your summer schedule, we try to work a few things into our schedule that makes the dog days of summer less biting.

  1. Take your spouse out on an AMAZING date. We’re not talking dinner and movie. Youth workers are known for creativity, so put as much planning into this date as you would any youth event (Note: gross food eating contests are probably not considered romantic or date-worthy). Make this date so epic that it becomes worthy of it’s own hashtag and t-shirt design. We know a guy who can get shirts cheap. 🙂
  1. Take your kids out on an AMAZING date. The reality of summer youth ministry is that it’s tough on the whole family. Our kids watch us go into planning overdrive before leaving for camp only to have us come home completely exhausted. Before summer gets started, plan a fun day with your kids. Make sure to tell them, “I’m going to be gone a lot this summer, and when I come home I’m super tired. So before the summer starts I wanted to make sure we do something super fun with you while I still have a lot of energy.” Work hard to give your best time and energy to those closest to you.
  1. Take time to nurture your own soul. If you’re like us, this is the easiest thing to skip. Seriously, don’t skip it. Go to a park with your guitar or journal or sketch pad and allow for some personal worship. Spend at least one day a week taking care of your soul. If a whole day isn’t doable, take half a day. If that’s too much, plan a few hours on a weekend. Double bonus if you make it possible for your spouse to take time to nurture her or his soul as well. It’s awfully hard to lead students to a deeper place spiritually if you’re not walking there yourself.
  1. Share your ideas. Many of us got burned out and too tired to think creatively. Youth ministry nation, let’s help each other out! We would love to hear some of your ideas in the comments below for creative, fun, and cheap dates with your spouse or family. We can find plenty of idea boards for youth ministry – let’s share ideas on how we can love our families well!

Healthy youth workers make healthy families and healthy youth groups. Before your summer gets too crazy, nurture your relationships with your spouse, kids, and Jesus, and make the summer of 2015 one to remember.

What are your spouse or family date ideas?

– Tim and Tasha

 

7 thoughts on “Four Things You Need To Do Before Youth Camp

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    Great words!
    One of the things I always do is take a small vacation with my wife and kids right after school ends and before camps hit. Then after camps and everything we take a little longer vacation. It doesn’t have to be far away or cost much to make it worth it.

    PS…who knows how to get cheap tshirts

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    with 3 kids all under 10 and a couple of foster kids, finding a babysitter is not so easy. We have another family in the church with 5 kids and we have agreed to take turns each month watching each others kids. After all, what is 5 more?

    Make it happen. We come up with all sorts of excuses (especially us guys)…make it happen.

    Grab a quick bite at some place and then head over to a favorite coffee shop for something sweet and a cup of java where you can both relax and just hang out with one another (oh, and make sure you are not on your phone!).

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    Kelly Barefoot

    What with all the websites that can allow you to find great rates at some really cool places, I would suggest planning that really nice getaway that the Leverts mentioned at Christmas. Make the reservations early and put it on your calendar early. That way it’s a double bonus. A nice gift plus something to look forward to. Great ideas and thanks for the reminder of what’s important!

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    Very good post. I’m going through a few of these issues as well..

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