The day is almost here! We’ve been waiting for months and months. We’ve been praying for this camp for months and months and now its here! Our kids are packed and one of them has re-packed a few times!
Tomorrow the Raitz kids and a great group of students and leaders are headed to Big Stuf Camp in Panama City Beach, FL.
I AM SO EXCITED!!!!
They can’t wait! We can’t wait! I LOVE SUMMER CAMPS and I can’t wait for our kids and the students from Thrive to experience an amazing week of camp!
Our oldest daughter, Bekah, was only 4 months old when we took her to her first camp and since then, she has traveled with me to dozens and dozens of them. Our other 4 kids have been to many camps as well and I am so excited for them to experience a camp where their dad is not the speaker!
You see, for us…
Summer camp is SACRED!
As a youth pastor, I took hundreds and hundreds of students to many, many summer camps! As a speaker, I have given hundreds of talks at summer camps over the years.
And, as a teenager, my life was forever changed because of summer camp!
That’s why Summer camps are sacred to us! I don’t think I would be a Pastor if I hadn’t of had those life changing experiences as a kid and I’m super thankful to my parents for making sure I did!
Yes, camps are A LOT of fun! They should be! But, the potential for INCREDIBLE life change is MASSIVE! There are so many great opportunities for students out there and as a youth pastor I took kids to everything I could! Festivals, camps, concerts, retreats, service trips. They were all awesome. But, for me, what I came to believe is…summer camp has an amazing potential for incredible discipleship and that’s why Thrive is going to invest heavily on summer camps!
That’s why I’m so passionate about getting kids to camp! I dream of the day that Thrive sends students by the bus load to camp and I dream of the day that…
EVERY PARENT and THRIVER is as PASSIONATE ABOUT SENDING KIDS TO CAMP!
I’m so excited for the students and leaders heading to camp this year!
- I’m excited for them to experience amazing worship! Many of the worship leaders are from North Point Church…Yeah, that amazing Church!
- I’m excited for them to hear from amazing speakers! The speakers are world class!
- I’m excited for them to learn from the amazing breakouts!
- I’m excited for them to grow in their small groups!! The small groups will be amazing!
- And yes, I’m excited for them to have an amazing amount of fun!!
This is why we picked Big Stuf!
So, would you pray? Would you ask God to bless this trip? Would you ask God to just WRECK the HEARTS of the students going.
And, we’re still raising funds, so if you would like to help students attend, just head
and click on Youth Schlorship and donate!
OH…and, if you want to watch the main sessions from Big Stuff, click HERE.