was a busy one for Challenge and Conquest
youth clubs. Conquest hosted 31 camps for boys in the
US and 7 in Canada, with more than 1000 boys
in total attending. Challenge held 22 camps in the US
and 4 in Canada, with a total of more than
This year, Conquest spotlighted the 2nd Annual Conquest National Camp, Call & Duty: Undaunted Courage, which was
held in Elizabethtown, PA. This year, the camp organizers used
Facebook to give parents daily updates on the boys’
activities, which was very successful.
More than 200 boys attended Conquest’s largest
camp in Canada, Camp Arcātheos. This medieval-themed camp, held
each year in Alberta, gives boys a hands-on experience of
the epic battle between good and evil.
Three of the Conquest camps
in the US were day camps this year; Todd Brechbill,
executive director of Mission Network, says that these camps are
growing in popularity, especially for younger boys.
Most of the Challenge
girls’ camps this year used a unified theme: Live It!
The national Challenge office offered
the theme to the camps
as a package, complete with a camp guidebook and CD,
as well as other optional items such as water bottles
and T-shirts. The package was a hit, and next year
another theme will be offered.
Girls’ camps in Canada included 2 French
camps in Quebec, as well as Camp Captivenia, the
‘sister camp’ of Camp Arcātheos.
All told, it was a
successful summer for Challenge and Conquest; through their camps, they
were able to give many young people a fun and