WHITE LAKE — Local businesses are helping send teenagers to camp this year.
On Sunday, the Elizabethtown-based Foundation Bible Church held an auction to raise money to send junior and senior high-school students to FUGE Camp at North Greenville University.
“It went very well,” said Foundation Bible Church Youth Pastor Barry Galyean. “We picked up almost $3,500.”
Contributing to the event were plenty of local businesses. White Lake’s Steve Guyton contributed $400 in taxidermy services, and Ray’s Furniture donated a roughly $1,000 ring to the cause. Other items included a hand-made hunting knife by John McGough, thirty-one bags, hand paintings, and a crossbow, along with approximately 30 other items given by local folks.
Money raised will help send at least 19 junior and high school students to Centrifuge, a Christian camp held all over the country.
“A lot of kids have been and are excited about going again,” Galyean commented. “It’s organized really well, and from a spiritual side, it’s a great camp.”
At Centrifuge, students are divided into groups for recreation and Bible study based on age ranges by grade completed. Recreation is facilitated within Bible study groups by a member of trained FUGE camp staff, who also leads the Bible study. Each activity serves a specific purpose and is debriefed so students can make application in their lives.
Students also participate in Track Times, created to give students the opportunity to participate in something with which they are familiar or to try something new. Students are divided into “tracks” based on a list of activities they indicate during the registration process, such as creative-, active-, performance-, and classroom-based activities, each of which is led by a member of the FUGE staff.
In fact, the youth who are going have been so excited about it, they’ve been inviting their friends.
“We have a lot of students inviting others for salvation purposes, and the camp is really good for that,” Galyean explained.
The speaker for the camp will be Mike Taylor, who serves as the director of UK-USA Ministries and Tees Valley Youth for Christ. He also serves as the lead pastor of The Vine Church Teesside. He and his wife Kookie have been married for nearly 34 years and they have four children. Mike and Kookie currently live in Stockton-on-Tees in the United Kingdom where they have served since 2011.
A $350 scholarship covers Monday night through Saturday morning meals, as well as all other camp expenses. Galyean said the group is still in need of additional scholarships. Donations can be made to Foundation Bible Church earmarked for Fuge Camp.
Rising seventh-graders through rising 12th-graders are eligible for camp, which will be taking place June 24-30.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.