Camp Ministries Converge at ENLIST
A total of 26 different camp ministries converged onto the campus of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary on October 26 and 27 to showcase their ministries to students looking for summer opportunities during Faith’s ENLIST event.
ENLIST is a two-day annual event that takes place each fall, allowing camp personnel to interact directly with Faith students during two occasions dedicated solely to them. There is no cost for camps to participate.
Philip Tilson, Director of Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Genoa, Nebraska, is a big fan of the ENLIST event.
“I love this event,” said Tilson. “Faith students have been a huge help in the past. The Faith teams have been a huge blessing over the years, and the counselors that we get over the summer have been great. They are ready to minister and are excited to be there. They interact well with people and are teachable. I like getting them.”
Tilson’s home state of Nebraska was one of 17 states represented at ENLIST, which included ministries from as far away as Arizona, California, Alaska, New York, and Louisiana. Wisconsin had the highest representation of any state with five camp ministries in attendance. One of those five was Randy Tanis of Camp Chetek. His booth was surrounded by three current Faith students who served at his camp in northwest Wisconsin this past summer.
Camp Chetek is a 125-acre camp on a lake, situated in the north woods of Wisconsin. It sits on a mile of shoreline, offering campers a myriad of water activities. It even has horses. Chetek has been in existence since 1944 and averages approximately 1,500 campers per season. It operates with the help of seven full-time staff members and 70 staff workers. The beauty of the camp is a luxury that Tanis appreciates, but it is the unique opportunities for ministry that he loves to speak about the most with potential workers. Of the 1,500 campers last summer, 300 were inner city children who were sent on scholarship by churches in Minneapolis during a week dedicated to ministry to inner city youth.
“I like the fact that our kids get to work with junior kids and teens,” said Tanis. “We don’t have them at the same time. Every staff person gets to work with both age groups.”
If you have never participated in ENLIST and would like to showcase your camp at next year’s event, contact Kate Lundahl, Guest Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the list of camps who participated in the 2021 ENLIST:
Amazing Grace Baptist: Camp Ottawa, KS
Appanoose Ministries: Plano, IA
Bass Lake Camp: Winnebago, MN
Camp Assurance: Georgetown, IL
Camp Awana: Fredonia, WI
Camp Chetek: Chetek, WI
Camp Eden: Wheat Ridge, CO
Camp Good News: Washington, IL
Camp JIM: Pillager, MN
Camp Joy: Whitewater, WI
Camp Manitoumi: Lowpoint, IL
Camp Utibaca: Ephraim, UT
Grand View Camp: Eagar, AZ
Higher Ground Baptist Bible Camp: Sterling, AK
Iowa Regular Baptist Camp: Ventura, IA
Longview Camp: Arcade, NY
Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp: Gowen, MI
New Life Island: Upper Black Eddy, PA
Northland Camp: Dunbar, WI
Raccoon River Bible: Camp Scranton, IA
Red Cliff Bible Camp: Pinedale, WY
Southland Christian Ministries: Ringgold, LA
The Wilds Christian Camp: Brevard, NC
Trail Ridge Camp: Hillsboro, WI
Victory Ranch Moreno: Valley, CA
Whispering Cedars: Genoa, NE