Pioneers For Christ invites you (and friends) to our annual Summer Camping Program. Since 1967, Pioneers For Christ has been sponsoring a Camp for children and high school youth so that they would experience salvation and growth in Jesus in the context of God's creation—in a Camp setting.
Bible camps are a valuable part of the Church's Christian Education. Alongside the ministry of the Word—preaching and teaching—Bible camps are one of the most effective settings for introducing children and youth to Christ and His Gospel. Commitments made at camps (or retreats) endure. That is why we, at Pioneers for Christ, since being established in 1967, have continually developed our summer Camp Program. We have a history of seeing what the Lord has done (visible in Scripture through the Person and Work of Christ, and visible functionally in our ministry); we see children transform and put their trust in God, and grow to live Christ centered lives for God and His kingdom. We are examples of this same work of God in our lives. Pioneers for Christ (PFC) is a ministry founded in 1967 for children and youth. Transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we "screen" each Counselor candidate annually, keeping in mind Christian spiritual maturity, leadership ability, an d a genu ine love for children. We train and equip the entire Staff in biblical counseling, our Christ-centered ministerial approach, and with Gospel-centered leadership.
We are guided by the following Core Values:
Put together, our values forge an intimate, gracious Community and Program, pointing to the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ. Our Counselors (enabled by the Spirit of Christ) are committed to incarnate the love of Christ as the "centerpiece" of the Camp experience; they care for each Camper, and actively engage them personally and spiritually. Each Staff member sacrifices personal finances and dedicates 2.5 months annually to our time-intensive training and ministry. We are convinced that a Gospel-centered Counselor makes all the difference between a spiritually-transforming experience and a "typical" one. All to train up a child in the Way he should go (Proverbs 22:6).
To register, please visit pfc.us/register.
Churches can attend/participate as a group, however a separate registration must be submitted for EACH Camper (each registration needs to represent one individual). At a minimum, a $75 deposit is required to guarantee a slot for Camp2018 - received by no later than Sunday, August 12th. Any deposits made will be applied to the full amount owed, and any remaining balance(s) can be paid on the day of Camp. This Registration Deposit will be partially refundable, if notifying email@example.com of your intent to withdraw by Sunday, August 12th.
A Bible • Notebook • Pen or pencil • Sleeping bag or Warm blanket • Swimsuit (no two-pieces) • Jacket • Towels (for showers and swimming) • 1 set of "dress" clothes • Your "oldest" PFC T-shirt (if you have one) • Toiletries, Extra Eyeglasses, and Contact Lens material • Flashlight • Summer clothes for a full week of Camp • Sneakers, Flip-flops • About $10-$15 for the Snackshop; please do not send a lot of money with Campers. • For the climbing wall: closed toe shoes must be worn, not sandals; girls must wear shorts/pants, not just swimsuit.
Any electronic entertainment device (including iPods/ MP3 players, hand-held games, chatting capabilities on cell phones). We will retain all cell phones, electronics, and car keys for you during the week until the day you depart. No cigarettes, drugs, or alcoholic beverages. Non-prescribed drugs are prohibited (prescribed drugs should come with a note/instructions, and the Counselor will supervise the prescription). No extra reading or class work for summer homework. Please do not bring any form of contraband.
This is a Christian Camp, which speaks for modesty in dress and not-so-dressy clothing. It's a Camp, so we ask you to prepare appropriately. Clothing at Camp is for protection, recreation, and comfort.
The Gospel affords unconditional love to be shown in a Gospel-driven ministry. Yet, the exploitation of a gracious environment for one's own pleasure goes against our values. PFC's Camp shall not serve as a harbor to licentious activity (Matthew 7:6). Camp will not merely be a playground for those with little desire to participate and cooperate in our Program (potentially spoiling the experiences of others); after all, the local church is more equipped to address the year-round needs of our children and youth. PFC, as a para-church Camp ministry, is a time-sensitive ministry to those who register and participate. We, as administrators, are called to discern between those who actively desire to learn about the Person and Work of Jesus (the Gospel)—and those who to take away from the experience. For the sake of effective Gospel ministry, our Genesis Core Team is called to discern the few who have, and could be, detrimental to our week at Camp, and thus, reserves the absolute privilege to revoke/refund a registrant, or to ask certain individuals, according to careful examination, to not participate. PFC also reserves the right to release registrants at any time during the time that they are at Camp. In this grace-driven environment, PFC's leadership will exercise its authority to preserve a safe, gracious environment so that all may be able to consider the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For the past 26+ years, the "Genesis" Core Team carried the vision and mission of Pioneers For Christ's Camp Program:
The "Genesis" consists of 10 members who play various roles in the ideation, development, design, training, and operation of the PFC ministry at Camp2018. Together, they served in this ministry as early as 1989, and have been serving as an intact team since 2005. They are dedicated to the Core Values of the ministry, and many of them have grown up as Campers at Camp (since as early as 1981). They are committed to the maturity and health of the vision of PFC, and are equally committed to the spiritual maturity and health of every child who attends Camp2018. Pastor Donny Cho is the Executive Director of Pioneers For Christ. He is a licensed pastor in the Philadelphia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and is the lead church planter for Metro Presbyterian Church in the East Falls borough of Philadelphia. Donny completed his undergraduate education at Brandeis University (near Boston, MA), and graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh Senior High School. He is married to Angela, who works as a Physical Therapist for the Good Shepherd Penn Partners network associated with the University of Pennsylvania.
To provide a Gospel-centered experience with a mature and well-trained counseling team, innovative programming, and dynamic teaching—for your growth in Christ.
That many will meet Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord, and that Christians will be refreshed in response to the counsel and teaching of God's Word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. —Proverbs 22:6
Please visit our About Us page for full in-depth details about our Genesis Core Team.
Transportation will be provided at KoBaWoo, or you can bring your child to Camp directly; no "walk-on" registrations will be permitted.
We depart on Sunday afternoon. For both weeks, Campers are expected to arrive between 2:30-3:45 pm at KoBaWoo for confirmation of registration. The Camp vans and bus depart promptly at 4:00pm.
If going to camp directly, please arrive between 3:30-4:30pm.
Our Program begins at 5:30PM at Camp (bus seating at KoBaWoo is limited, so we encourage parents and churches, if it is possible, to drop-off and pick-up at Camp directly).
Pick-up From Victory Valley: 11:30am
KBW Pick-up: 12:45pm
Parents, church leaders, and Christian educators are encouraged to visit on the evenings of Thursday (7:30PM, First Week), and Wednesday (7:00PM, Second Week). On those evenings, there will be presentations, what we call "Jubilee Night." Due to programmatic reasons, other likely visitors are discouraged, and all visitors are discouraged from coming to Camp during any other day/evening, so that we can effectively minister to our children and youth. Please honor our sincere request and desire in serving our youth through our Program. We reserve the right to ask anybody — visitors, campers, parents, guardians, former staff members — to leave the camp premises during the course of our program if the staff and/or administrators deem it appropriate.