Wapogasset Bible Camp
Students who have completed grades 2 -12 are encouraged to attend camp with Zion each summer. Zion teams up with Lake Wapogassett Lutheran Bible Camp in Amery, Wisconsin, to offer a superb summer camping experience where fun and faith collide while campers encounter God’s word, make friends and create memories to last a lifetime. Zion staff is present the entire camp experience to connect with kids on a regular basis.
Katrina and Kaylie started attending Zion in 2012 and were baptized at Zion in 2013. Their parents, Jay and Krista, had moved to Buffalo in 2005 and wanted their girls to grow up knowing God. They looked for a family oriented church for their growing family, and Zion fit their needs perfectly.
Katrina says the best part of her faith journey so far has been learning more about God, and her favorite Bible verse is John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Because God saved us all.
Kaylie’s challenge is staying true to herself every day. One of her favorite events at Zion is SERVE Weekend, and she especially enjoyed making cat blankets to bring to the nearby Crossroads Animal Shelter. She also enjoys donut holes at coffee fellowship after Sunday morning worship with grandparents Kathy & Glenn.
It’s fun to visit with grandma and papa and to talk about the service and our week.
Katrina and Kaylie were among 129 kids who attended Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp (Camp Wapo) with Zion in July.
Katrina wanted to go to Bible Camp to learn more about God. She enjoyed everything, especially swimming.
I thought it would be really fun and it was! It’s crazy, cause everyone is crazy and happy.
Kaylie enjoyed everything about Camp Wapo, except leaving.
Wapo is the best! It’s fun to meet more people and share in the same faith as you, and to have fun, play games and sing campfire songs.
For their parents, Zion’s Children and Family Ministries vision to “Know God’s love. Invite others. Do like Jesus. Strengthen families.” means they know the girls are learning that they are loved and made in God’s image. Their hope for Zion’s future is that CFM ministry stays strong and keeps growing.Katrina and Kaylie started attending Zion in 2012 and were baptized at Zion in 2013. Their parents, Jay and Krista, had moved to Buffalo in 2005 and wanted their girls to grow up knowing God. They looked for a family oriented church for their growing family, and Zion fit their needs perfectly. Katrina says the best ... more
This year 129 children and youth from Zion traveled to Camp Wapo for a week/weekend filled with games, swimming, bible study, crafts, campfire, praying, singing, cinnamon toast, bugs, devotions, 9-square, gaga ball, conversations, horseback riding, high ropes course adventures, and life changing moments.
In Bible study, worship, campfire and many other moments during the week, we explored the theme of Fearless based on Joshua 1:9. Digging into the stories of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4) , Jesus feeding the 5000 (Matthew 14), the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12), Jesus teaching about sin and the throwing of the first stone (John 8), and how God offers us and calls us to fearless love (1 John 4). On Tuesday all of the youth campers (4th-8th graders) gathered with the Zion Staff, Pastor Ted, Pastor Luke, Pastor Suzi, Kirsten and Ellen, for a morning as a congregation group. We listened to each staff share a story of a time they felt fear and how they relied on God or saw God in those moments. We completed a trust walk and played blind dodgeball to help us understand God’s ability to guide us and keep us safe.
During afternoon free time there were a few hot spots around camp. The Arts and Crafts shack was popular on friendship bracelet making day, tie dye day and paracord bracelets day. The lake was really popular on Wednesday when the temperatures soared. All afternoon, if you watch kids play 9-Square, it was a guarantee you would see at least a few Zion kids. The canteen was also a very popular place; purchases of slushies, cow tails, double lollies, ice cream sandwiches, candy of all kinds and soda were made by most (if not all) campers.
All-camp games in the evenings were a big hit, too. We are proud to report one of our cabins won 1st place in Chip Noodle. Servant fair was enjoyed by the younger youth campers while the older took on the challenge of the low ropes course. Every evening after the activity the camp would gather for campfire, an amazing way to end the night with songs of praise, skits, a message and prayers.
On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning we all weathered a storm that knocked out the power to camp for most of Wednesday. While the dining hall and chapel were a little warmer than desired, we would venture to guess most of the campers won’t even remember the power was out. They all kept smiles on their faces, wanted to keep enjoying all Camp Wapo had to offer, and carried attitudes of gratitude for simply getting to be at camp.
All in all it was a great week. Amazing kids, youth, and camp staff had a chance to simply be. Be themselves and who God created them to be, be with each other without the distractions of technology, be in the word of God, and simply just be fearless.
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TIM Team: Grade 9-12
TIM Team is a leadership development opportunity for current 9th-12th graders, who commit to one year of service as leaders in their home church, working primarily with younger youth. TIM Teamers stay at Ox Lake, as well as experiencing the Low/High Ropes Challenge Course. During the week, much of each day is spent at Wapo, participating as leaders with the younger youth from Zion.
Youth Camp: Grade 4-8
Youth Camp is open to current 4th-8th graders. The week is packed with a variety of activities that are meant to impact kids for eternity. Each day includes Bible study, chapel, cabin activities, free time, field games and campfire.
SEEDS: Grade 2-3
SEEDS Weekend is open to all current 2nd and 3rd graders. Knowing that this may be some kids’ first camp experience or even their first time away from home, our counselors will spend every moment with these campers. They will provide a safe and caring environment filled with music, Bible study, campfires, crafts, water activities and tons of games.