The POWER of Camp (at Any Age)

by | Jul 6, 2020 | Special Series | 1 comment


Today’s article, by Sister Stefanie Arcuri, is part of the GMBA Camp In. Be sure to check the calendar below for today’s events.

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ and started attending GMBA Camps as a baby. I am 31 years old, and I have been to about 26 GMBA Camps. There are so many blessings that came from all of those Camps.

As a child, I remember the kids’ choir (I still sing some of those songs to my kids) and games and making friends. As a teenager, GMBA Camp was a place where I built friendships with people from all over the country, felt the Spirit of God for the first time, and where I was baptized.

GMBA Camp was held in Saginaw, Michigan, in 2002, and it was Wednesday morning in seminar. I felt God calling me that day and had the elders lay hands on me, asking the Lord for confirmation of what I felt. The minister who was praying for me said he could physically feel the Spirit of God in me as he lay his hands on my head. I was baptized the next morning by my grandfather. For the following few years, I used Camp as a rejuvenation for the year to come until the next Camp.

Now, as an adult with a husband and two small children, I don’t need the rejuvenation like I did as a teenager — I get that every week in my home branch — but Camp is still one of my favorite weeks of the year. I love watching my kids get so excited for Camp, and I love watching them make friends with other kids from all over the country just like I did as a child. I love watching my husband grow by teaching seminars (even if it means I barely have a husband that week, haha!). And mostly, I love the Spirit of God that is felt in the singing, the preaching, the seminars, and even in the fellowship of the saints.

I pray that God continues to bless our family as we attend every GMBA Camp that we possibly can. GMBA Camps were an essential part of my upbringing in The Church, and it is my goal to raise my boys with that same foundation I was given by my parents and grandparents.

I praise God for His many blessings, and I look forward to seeing you at GMBA Camp!

Click Here to Download the GMBA Camp In Calendar of Events

What’s coming up next?

Today, Monday, July 6

  • 11 a.m. Eastern – The Power of the Promise, presented by Brothers Doug Obradovich, Ryan Lesperance, and Brian Smith, Jr., airing on the GMBA YouthCast channel.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7

  • 11 a.m. Eastern – The Power of the Process, presented by Brothers Tom D’Orazio, Chuck Maddox, Sr., and Chuck Maddox, Jr., airing on the GMBA YouthCast channel.
  • 3 p.m. Eastern – Kids’ Power Hour live Zoom meeting for ages 5-12, presented by Sisters Alyssa Maddox, Maddy Lambert, and Olivia Siebert. Keep an eye on the Gospel Email, Gospel Net, and GMBA social media for the Zoom links and instructions.

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Wonderful post! Captures everything about a Campout from a kid’s, a mom’s and a wife’s perspective.


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