OUR MINISTRIES

Special Events

Camp Grace exists to serve children and families, teaching them to love God, His Word, and His created World. In order to fulfill this mission, Camp Grace hosts a number of special events each year for all age groups. Church groups, families, and individuals are always welcome. More information about each event will be available about a month before the event, but please mark your calendars and plan to join us as often as you can throughout the year!

Released time classes

Camp Grace and its army of volunteers are currently ministering to approx. 4,000 students in 28 local public schools in Robeson County, NC through Released Time Bible classes. Every year, we see hundreds of children come to know Christ as their personal Savior from sin through this vital ministry.

Is Released Time New?

  • No! Released Time began in 1914 and since that time, thousands of children have come under the influence of the Gospel through Released Time programs all across the country. However, most Christians are totally unaware of the wonderful opportunity that God has made available for us to reach young people in this way.

  • Camp Grace began Released Time classes in 1991 when it became impossible to go directly into the public schools to teach the Bible.

  • The court said, "When the state encourages religious authorities by adjusting the schedule of public events to sectarian needs, it follows the best of our traditions, for it then respects the religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs. To hold that it may not, would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe."

How Does It Work?

  • After local school board and individual principal's approval, interested parents give their permission for children to be "released" from school for a designated time to go to a location off the school property (we use nearby church buildings or our Rolling Chapel classroom pictured on the right). There, they can be taught the wonderful truths of God's Word by CBM workers.

Are Such Programs Legal?

  • Yes! In 1952, the constitutionality of Released Time ministry was tested in the Supreme Court case of Zorach vs. Clauson (343 U.S. 306). The ruling found such ministries not to be in violation of the United States Constitution.

  • It is true that many students have no understanding of God and the Bible. Well over fifty percent of those in Released Time classes do not attend any church. Therefore, this program provides wonderful opportunities for evangelism. Consider these words from the booklet Released Time Religious Education: An Overlooked Open Door, prepared by the Christian Legal Society: "...It is an opportunity overlooked by most parents, clergymen, and educators. Religious Released Time is the most effective open door by which students may receive religious instruction during their school day. Released Time is the only means by which religious instruction... is allowed during the school day."

Why is Released Time Necessary?

  • While most parents choose to have their children attend public schools, they are concerned about the increased secularization that the doctrine of humanism has brought to their students' classrooms. They realize that traditional Christian value systems are being undermined, leaving children vulnerable to amoral peer pressures. They are concerned that their children are missing the teaching of moral/ethical values taught in the Bible which produce the personal character that made out country great. Since public school teachers are restricted from teaching Biblical truth in the classrooms, parents see a need for a special time of instruction when Biblical values can be taught. A Released Time Bible program has proven to be the answer to this critical need in numerous school districts.

SUMMER CAMP

Summer is our most favorite time of the year. We bring in our summer staff from all over the country and they get the opportunity to pour their lives into the children and teenagers that we are dedicated to minister to all year round. We run one week of Red Cross lifeguard training, one week of summer staff training and then five weeks of overnight camp and one week of day camp every summer. Each week of overnight camp, campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and begin "An Adventure that Lasts a Lifetime." The experiences and Biblical knowledge gained at summer camp will stay with them their entire life, and it is a priceless experience to be able to serve in any capacity in this ministry.

During the summer of 2016, we began our camper experience awards. Campers are given experience handbooks and as they try new activities and accomplish new goals, they receive experience points. These handbooks provide a great reminder to campers as they tell their parents about their camp adventures. As they return each year and add to their "Lifetime Adventure Points," they can reach various award levels. Please click on the button below to see the names of some of our most famous campers!

Please check out this article to learn more about the value of summer camp for children:

9 Reasons to Send Your Child to Bible Camp this Summer

 

Posted on April 10, 2013

By Dave Wenell for Covenant Pines Bible Camp

I signed our oldest son up for summer camp today. It’ll be the first summer he gets to go for a whole week. Two years ago he went by himself for the first time for a two-night camp. It wasn’t easy to let him go, but we knew he’d do fine and love it, which he did. He was supposed to go last year for another 2-night camp, but because of all the heavy rains in northern Minnesota, the camp was flooded out, so he didn’t get to go. He could go again this summer for 2-nights, but he definitely wants to go for the whole week. He says he’s ready (though he wants to take a picture of his family with him).

I’m a huge proponent of Bible camp. I spent my childhood going every to every summer camp I could along with every spring and winter retreat possible. My family spent almost every Memorial Day Weekend at camp when I was growing up. My parents met at camp. We’ve been taking our family to camp on Memorial Day weekend for going on four years. I worked at camp for 4 summers and later for almost 5 years of full-time ministry. I did my Masters centered around camping ministry. And while other camps are surely good, here’s why I think every child should try attending a good Bible camp this summer:

1. Children learn independence. Mom and dad aren’t there for a week. They learn they can survive without their parents around, but also how much they do love their parents. They learn to follow schedules while making their own decisions about things. Independence is the ultimate goal of parenthood: we want to raise children to be able to live well on their own.

2. Children learn to make friends with kids they haven’t met before. This of course is a skill they learn at school as well, but there’s something about making friends with people you’re not around all the time. I remember writing letters to friends I made when I was a camper. We learned to communicate from distances and anticipate seeing each other several months later. I’m still friends with some of them today.

3. Children learn to value community. I, for one, think this is a good thing. Campers learn to live in a small space with around 7-10 other people for a week. They learn that their actions effect the group. They (hopefully) learn the value of cleanliness. Camp often has many elements of team building; cabin groups rely upon each other to succeed. They learn that others care for them.

4. Children learn the importance of money management. We send our son with a few dollars to do what he wants with during the week at camp. He can use it to make crafts, buy things from the gift shop, give to the missions offering, or of course spend on candy in the canteen. If he spends it all the first day, he learns that he can’t buy anything else the rest of the week. It hopefully provides a lesson in using money wisely as well as figuring out what is important to them (nothing makes me prouder than when he doesn’t bring anything home because he gave what he had left in the offering).

5. Children learn they are loved beyond their family circle.  Hopefully each child going to camp is fully aware of their parents’ love for them. Hopefully that is shown through at least one letter during the week. Hopefully their church family also shows them love. But while they’re at camp, they’ll also discover that their counselors–perfect strangers–also love them. Just for being themselves. And most importantly, they’ll also discover the overwhelming love of God.

6. Children learn that worship can be fun. In our camp’s promotional video this year, over-and-over again in their interviews with campers, the kids said chapel was their favorite part of camp. There are fun, exuberant songs (as well as the mellower ones). There are often engaging skits. There are great speakers. There is laughter. There is something about worshipping with a hundred other children their same age. They discover that worship doesn’t just fit into the box they’ve created for worship from their experiences at church. It is much vaster and exciting to explore and participate in.

7. Children learn new skills. It was at camp where I learned to canoe. I learned to camp outside around a campfire. I learned to shot a bow and arrow. I learned drama. I made wax candles. I learned to step outside my comfort zone. I learned to make friends. I tried new sports and games. And with all this learning going on, I had fun.

8. It’s good, clean (though often dirty) fun. Though there were games I hated as a camper, and would try to avoid participating in, for the most part I loved all the creative activities at camp–especially the big camp games (which sometimes ended with very dirty campers who needed to jump in the lake). I got to stay up late and see the stars at night while sitting around a campfire with a bunch of other kids singing goofy (as well as worshipful) songs. I had to be involved in a zany cabin skit. There were often silly challenges involving marshmallows, jello, or whipped cream. There was plenty of fun to keep me coming back year after year. And that trend is continuing with my son.

9. Lives are changed. To me this is the biggest difference between Bible Camp and other camps. Sure, lives may be changed at a sports camp or arts camp, but not in the same magnitude. Each summer countless campers make decisions to follow Jesus or renew their commitments to following Him. They leave with intentions to make a difference in their schools–loving the outcast, helping the needy, being positive role models. They leave camp wanting to help in their communities more. Informal polls show that many pastors, missionaries, and church leaders were highly influenced by Bible camp. I remember seeing many campers make decisions to explore how their lives may be used in full-time ministry. And many of those who aren’t called to ministry desire to live their lives for Christ wherever He calls them. Nearly every camper goes home desiring to be a better person.

So while I may say a tearful good-bye to my son when he leaves for a week of camp this summer, I’m so thankful that he wants to be there.

Guest Groups

  • All of our facilities are available year round (with the exception of June and July because of our summer camp ministry) for overnight or day use by churches, families, organizations, etc.

  • Camp Grace is a great place for special events like family reunions, church picnics or revival weekends, conferences, youth retreats, dinner meetings, birthday parties, etc. (We apologize, but we are unable to host weddings or wedding receptions)

  • Each group is encouraged to schedule (or let us provide) a time of Biblical instruction or spiritual enrichment

  • Catering options are available, or you can provide your own food. Trained staffers will be provided for activities that require them (such as lifeguards or firearm instructors, etc.).

Click below to view or print a guest group planning packet and then contact

our office at (910) 628-6326 to inquire about available dates.

Scholarship programs

We realize that sending your children to camp can be an expensive endeavor and that not everyone can afford to do so every summer. Keeping that in mind, it is our goal that every child who desires to come to summer camp gets the opportunity to attend at least one week every year. Beyond just keeping our prices as low as we possibly can, we offer multiple discounts and scholarship opportunities for every child.

Mailbox Club Bible Lessons (Grades 1-7)

  • All students in grades 1-7 who have never attended overnight camp at Camp Grace are encouraged to do Mailbox Club Bible lessons as a means to study God's Word at home while earning a $10 scholarship per completed lesson up to a $100 scholarship for completing the entire lesson course.

  • The enrollment period is from August - January each year and the lessons are free of charge. Please contact Mrs. Chita Martens or call our office at (910) 628-6326 with any questions.

Bible Correspondence Lessons (Grades 2-7)

  • All students in grades 2-7 who have attended overnight camp at Camp Grace are encouraged to do our Bible Correspondence lessons as a means to study God's Word at home while earning a $100 scholarship for completing an entire lesson course each year.

  • These lessons are free of charge and begin during summer camp each year. Please contact Mrs. Chita Martens or call our office at (910) 628-6326 with any questions.

TEAM Bible Correspondence Lessons (Grades 8-12)

  • All students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to do our T(Teens) E(Excited) A(About) M(Ministry) Bible Correspondence lessons as a means to study God's Word at home while earning a $100 scholarship for completing an entire lesson course each year.

  • The enrollment period is from August - January each year and the lessons are free of charge. All previous overnight campers that qualify are automatically enrolled. Please contact Mr. Timmy Martens or call our office at (910) 628-6326 with any questions. 

The Logan Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • After completing a full course of scholarship lessons, all students that can provide evidence of true financial need may apply for scholarship through the Logan Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund.

  • Registrations for summer camp and applications for the LWM Scholarship Fund begin February 1st each year through links available here on our website.