CONTACT: David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
Teen Camps 2014 went out with a bang, the final week concluding the two-week Debate Camp and Leadership and Vocation Camp, which featured PHC Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith.
"Each summer with Teen Camps is uniquely special, and 2014 has been no exception,” said Stephen Williams, Camp Director. “It’s a humbling thing to be used by God to minister to another human being, and to have had the chance to laugh and cry and pray and learn alongside over 300 individual campers this year was a privilege that I and the counselor team will never forget. They brought so much joy to our lives, and we are grateful to have been able to share a few steps in the journey with them."
Stephen Gibbs echoed Williams’ love of participating in the teen camp community. He has been a counselor for PHC’s Teen Camps for three years in a row, and having just graduated from PHC, this summer was his last.
He noted a line from T.S. Eliot that was discussed during the last week of camp – “There is no life that is not lived in community” – which sums up his experience as a counselor.
“As counselors, we worked together, we played together, we laughed together, and we went through hardships together, which really brought us together as a team,” he said. “We also got to see a new wave of kids come here each week and watch them interact. To see a community completely different from the previous week, but still centered around praising God was a cool thing to see.”
As a result, he learned the important of building a healthy Christian community, even if it’s temporary. He believes it lends itself to ample opportunities to grow and learn.
For a glimpse at the last week of teen camps, check out the gallery below!