"This is the best thing that has been done for the children in our rural community."
– Host Church
"We were more tuned in to the needs and wants of the children in our community.”
– Friendsville UMC
"[I] wanted my child to make new friends and have fun but didn't have money to send them to camp."
– Camper Parent
Why Become a Partner Church
The body of believers is called to minister to the poor and the fatherless. The church does this best when working together to meet the needs of our communities. It sends a powerful message of unity to our neighbors when multiple churches come together to bring the love of Christ to their communities.
Host and partner churches work together to make Camp in the Community happen, and to extend Christ to the neighborhoods around their churches.
Summertime is particularly difficult for families in poverty. When school meals are no longer available, many children go hungry. When parents do not have the means to provide child care, many children are left to care for themselves.
Camp in the Community asks each host site to partner with at least one other United Methodist Church, in order to best meet the needs of those in their communities. Partner churches come alongside the host church to bring the summer camp experience to children who could not afford to attend otherwise.
Youth from partner churches are invited to apply to our youth development program in order to become Junior Counselors during their week of Camp in the Community.
Partner churches work with the host churches to divide out the responsibilities required to make Camp in the Community happen.
How Can You Partner?
Provide meals or snacks
Join hosts camper recruiting team
Contribute financially (Each location contributes $3500 to the cost of camp, and partners can assist in covering the true cost of camp, $5500)
Provide adult volunteers
Send youth to junior counselor training, before and during camp
Provide transportation for campers
Provide housing/meals for camp staff