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CrossTimbers opens new location at Grand Lake for summer 2019

GROVE—CrossTimbers Children’s Missions Adventure Camp has been a staple in Oklahoma Baptist children’s summers for nearly 11 years now. In 2013, campers flocked to the Davis location for the first time, and in 2019, campers will be able to attend CrossTimbers at Grand Lake as well.

Northeast Association and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) have partnered to make Grand Lake Baptist Assembly the northeast location of CrossTimbers.

“The goal is the same as in Davis,” said Charlie Gatton, BGCO CrossTimbers program director and Children’s Ministry specialist. “We want to instill a love for missions in children and help them to understand what missions are and why (missions are) important for Southern Baptists, through teaching campers about things like the Cooperative Program.”

With the addition of Grand Lake, there are 1,500 more spots for children to attend camp.

Favorite camp activities enjoyed by campers in Davis will also be enjoyed by campers at Grand Lake, such as the ropes course, water sports—including two swimming pools—and more.

Mission Stops, a significant part of teaching children about missions at CrossTimbers, will focus on equipping children to be missionaries not only later on in their life, but right away as children.

“Our Mission Stops will change a little bit this year. In the past, we’ve focused on international missions,” Gatton said, “but this year, we’re trying to be more like a local church and teach children ways that they can be missionaries where they live.”

CrossTimbers Grand Lake still has availability for more campers in the summer of 2019. Additionally, the camp is seeking college-age staff to apply for employment at the campground as they are still hiring for this summer.

To register for CrossTimbers Children’s Missions Adventure camp, visit www.crosstimbers.org/childrens-camp/registration. To inquire about employment, visit www.crosstimbers.org/summer-staff.

The first session of camp for CrossTimbers Grand Lake is June 5-8.

Emily Howsden

Author: Emily Howsden

Emily Howsden is the Digital Content Coordinator and a staff writer for the Baptist Messenger.

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