GrandCamp is No Ordinary Camp

by | Apr 29, 2024 | 0 comments

If you’re like me, when someone mentions a camping program, you might imagine bunk beds in rustic cabins with separate shower houses, and activities designed for younger bodies—not aging ones. GrandCamp, however, is a different kind of “camp” experience designed specifically for grandparents and their grade-school age grandchildren. 

At GrandCamp you not only enjoy hotel-style accommodations with private baths but get to participate in fun activities designed for both grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy. And if there’s an activity you in which you do not feel comfortable participating, you can still cheer your grandchildren on enthusiastically. 

Most of all, GrandCamp is designed to be a laboratory where grandparents explore what the Bible says about being an intentional biblical grandparent, and then put into practice what you learn at GrandCamp. Additionally, you and your grandchildren worship together, learn memory verses together, and enjoy special family times together. It is an experience you can’t put a price tag on. I suspect you will find it to be the best investment you’ve ever made—one that can matter, not only for this life, but for eternity. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s the testimony of some dear friends of mine who have been involved in GrandCamps for a long time.

John and Conni Chapin have been attending Christian Grandparenting Network’s Grand Camps for over 20 years. Here’s their perspective on involvement…

Our experience with GrandCamp has had an effect on both our relationship with our grandchildren and on the two of us in deep and lasting ways. Our two oldest grandchildren are now parents, and they are looking forward to their children going to Grand Camp. 

Our experience with GrandCamp has had an effect on both our relationship with our grandchildren and on the two of us in deep and lasting ways. Our two oldest grandchildren are now parents, and they are looking forward to their children going to Grand Camp. 

Let me describe a typical week at camp: a mixture of individual time with grandparents, times with siblings and cousins, and time with new friends they have made at GrandCamp. But there’s more. There are also times in which we share fun activities and games, and engage with God’s Word and His purposes for our lives. The most powerful take-aways at GrandCamp, in our opinion, are our times in God’s Word and the special moments when grandparents speak a blessing over each grandchild. The benefit of that experience is that God instilled in us the desire to speak blessings on our grandchildren on special occasions and in ordinary times in our journey together. 

After our first Grand Camp experience with our grandchildren, they looked forward to going every year. It has been a huge help learning ways to leave a legacy of faith with our grandchildren and our children as they move into the generation of becoming grandparents themselves. It is one of the elements that we believe has brought all 10 of our grandchildren to a walking relationship with the Lord. 

In fact, John says: “GrandCamp is a big reason that we have a deep relationship with our grandkids. It’s also what led to one of our granddaughters asking me to officiate at her wedding”. We are grateful to Cavin and CGN for the impact on our family because of God’s call to start the CGN GrandCamps. Over the years we have also seen the effect GrandCamp has had on so many other families as well.

So, what about you? Maybe this is the year you start building a powerful, transformational legacy of faith by taking your grandchildren to GrandCamp—no ordinary camp. CLICK HERE for more information about GrandCamps in the US.

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