The 2021 CrossTimbers Children’s Missions Adventure Camp season is around the corner, with plans in place for the Davis and Grove (Grand Lake) camp locations.
CrossTimbers, a three-night, four-day encampment designed for boys and girls grades third through sixth, is the children’s mission camp owned and operated by Oklahoma Baptists.
The stated mission of CrossTimbers is “to support local church efforts to reach lost children in their communities and to raise up a generation of kids with an authentic walk with God who actively serve others with missional living.”
Charlie Gatton, who serves as CrossTimbers program director, has seen firsthand the opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with children from across Oklahoma.
“Each session, a different camp pastor will teach campers and staff about what the Bible says and how it applies to our lives,” Gatton said. “Our theme this year is ‘I MUST’ from John 3:30, ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’ We will work through what it means to become a Christian and how, as we grow in Christ, we become more like Him and less like our old sinful self.”
Camp activities at the Davis location includes a ropes course, rock wall, zip line, target sports and more, with similar activities at the Grove campus. All children who attend CrossTimbers will have the opportunity to learn biblical principles for worship, missions, evangelism and life. They can create and strengthen relationships with God, family and others, as well as experience nature in a fun and safe environment.
Every day, students participate in chapel, which includes times of worship through music and a sermon from the camp pastor for that session. In addition, Gospel lessons are reinforced throughout the day.
“Our Missions Team will show campers how they can be missionaries, through hands-on mission experiences, crafts and tastes,” Gatton said.
Camp Staff facilitates camp-wide games and a block party, as well as the campers’ favorite, the “Sock Wars.”
“It always amazes me how God uses the experiences of our staff to minister to kids who are going through similar things,” he added. “We are praying that we see hundreds of kids trust in Jesus, and other kids adjust their lives to be more like Christ. Some will even recognize God’s calling on their life.”
To see more information or a full camp schedule, visit crosstimbers.org.