By LINDA M. LINONIS
For the youths and adults who spend time at Camp Frederick, it’s “an experience they don’t have every day,” according to Justin Landry, camp director.
And it’s one they won’t forget.
“They’re making memories that will last a lifetime,” he said.
He speaks from experience.
Landry met his wife, Caitlin, when both were 3-year-olds at family camp.
Landry touted the pastoral setting that includes two creeks, hills, meadows and clearings.
“There are many natural features,” he said.
“City kids are exposed to nature ... and see creation firsthand,” Landry said.
Though that’s a huge part of summer camp, there’s another big plus.
“They learn to live in a Christ-like community,” he emphasized.
The campers, who come from diverse backgrounds, learn to get along and cooperate, the director said.
The camp staff and campers have “Christ-centered conversations,” Landry said.
Many of the camp staff go on to careers in youth ministry and as ministers.
Anthony Montleone, a camp counselor, also is a Christian rapper, Landry said, adding he’s teaching the campers how to rap.
Camp Frederick is owned and operated by a corporation of 18 Lutheran churches with Eric Erickson as president of a board of directors.
Though the camp is affiliated with Lutheran churches, that denominational viewpoint isn’t pushed.
A Christian approach is.
That’s exemplified in the themes used at camp.
“Spirit Life” offers a day-by-day concept to ponder.
Monday is on “We’re Gifted” about gifts from God that each individual has; Tuesday, “We’re Forgiven;” Wednesday, “We’re Loved;” Thursday, “We’re Gathered;” and Friday, “We’re Sent.” All relate to Bible verses.
The camp has the usual camp activities including outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, games, archery, “creek stomping” and camp fires. It differs by adding Bible study and worship to the daily schedule.
Camp is for participants from 6 to 17 years old. The camp offers day and resident camps. Age directs where campers are housed, Landry said.
Young campers, New Adventures, are in the main lodge that has 40 bunks and a dining hall and kitchen.
Discoverers, Journeyers and Ultimate Challenge usually stay in cabins; the older campers are farther away from the main lodge.
Tent camping also is an option.
Trinity Center, a lodge-style building, generally provides the base for “servant” groups who stay at the camp while doing helpful projects in area communities. It houses 28 people.
Marilyn Cosier, secretary of the board of directors, said she sees Camp Frederick as a “spiritual place where people learn to get along and make new friends.”
“There’s a quiet comfort here,” she said.
Cosier will attend family camp with her six grandchildren.