Our 2018 mission season consisted of three BASIC camps: Gonzales UMC, June 24, Mission, July 15, and University UMC, San Antonio, July 22, with a total of 177 participants.
Our BASIC Camps are designed with Junior High students (grades 6-8) in mind. Our work days begin and end early so that there is plenty of time for the youth to complete their projects as well as participate in organized fun in the afternoons and evenings. We work really hard to fuse mission work camp and church camp for a unique experience. Camps begin on Sunday evenings and run through mid-day Thursdays. The youth are assigned work teams and complete service projects at churches and non-profit organizations. Work can include, but is not limited to: Building wheelchair ramps, scraping and painting as well as other minor construction, cleaning and organizing, yard work, and other tasks our elderly and/or disabled clients cannot do for themselves. Upon returning back to camp after working on sites youth are given opportunities to craft, swim, cook, and play silly games. We begin and end each day with worship encouraging all participants to identify and celebrate each other’s random acts of kindness.
This year, we will have three separate BASIC camps: June 16-20, 2019 in Port Isabel, July 7-11, 2019 in Boerne, and July 14-18, 2019 in San Angelo, Texas.