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Short Term Experience in Mission – Make a difference with summer camp friends!

The work and fun continues

Being a member of the Vanderkamp family can mean a lot of things. We get together for summer camp each summer, we hold retreats during the Fall, Winter, and Spring for youth groups and adults alike. But one of the most important things it means is being a part of the community at large. Every summer we leave Vanderkamp determined to not just try and experience Heaven on Earth while we’re here at summer camp, but to bring that sense of community to the world at large.

Enter our “Stem” trips – our short term experiences in mission.

Over Spring break, from 4/21-4/23, Vanderkamp is working with King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool to offer another Short Term Experience in Mission – a different sort of retreat designed to help fill your time away from school with meaningful experiences, new friends, and personal growth. It doesn’t matter what denomination of Christian you are, we’d love to welcome to you on this trip with us!

Want to know that you’ll making a difference? Check out this article on our last trip to Schoharie County.

We’ll start by getting to know each other at Vanderkamp, and from there we’ll head to Schoharie County to help some people there who are still in dire need of assistance after the flooding last year.  Inspired by a broadcast from YNN in Syracuse, we have decided that one needn’t leave Central New York to find people in need. When New Orleans was ravaged by hurricane Katrina, citizens of the United States responded with countless dollars and work hours. When central New York had its infrastructure destroyed by this flooding, the response across the US paled in comparison.

At Vanderkamp, we feel its our duty to assist our brothers and sisters that are in dire need of help right here in our backyard.  We hope that you’ll join us in taking a retreat from the rest of your life to both physically help and raise awareness for those people who are still coping with gutted houses and basements full of mud.  Partner with us to show Christ-like love to people who are close by and desperately need our help.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to summer camp at Vanderkamp before, this is a huge opportunity to help those in need and have a meaningful experience yourself. Please come join us and reflect on how blessed we are that God has given us the opportunity to help our neighbors in need.

Lutheran Disaster Relief has generously offered to help us with the costs of these Short Term Experiences in Mission, so it will cost just $75 per person.  These prices include both housing, food, and transportation to Schoharie and back.


Please feel free to call our office at 315-675-3651 for details, or contact us online. If you’ve read everything you need to know, then all you need to do is submit a signed permission slip and medical authorization form (downloaded below). We can’t wait to see you soon!

Click here to register for the April 2014 STEM.

Permission Slip

Medical Authorization Form

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