PA Youth Camp 2015 — “Follow Me”

It is the calling of every Christian to be a complete and competent disciple of Christ; and it’s the responsibility of every Christian to make disciples of others. From Matthew 28:19, Luke 6:40, and John 13:34-35, we see that discipleship involves the initiation and the instruction of every believer into an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ, evidenced by a transformation into the likeness of Christ, and a radical love for Christ and for one’s fellow believers. The goal of discipleship, put plainly, is to make every person a more fully devoted follower of Christ.

In just two weeks, my church will be putting versecrosson our annual Pennsylvania Youth Camp. This is literally my favorite week out of my entire year! We have amazing worship, intense team competitions, sound Bible teaching, deep fellowship, and crazy fun! I am excited for the theme this year — “Follow Me.” It comes from Matthew 16:24: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.'” This year’s theme centers around what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The speakers will not only teach about how Christ ministered and modeled discipleship, but also what it means for us today to pursue a life of discipleship to Christ.

I’m also especially looking forward to the speaker lineup this year. Monday night kicks off with Mark Niemann, from Columbus, Ohio, one of the most entertaining speakers I’ve heard at camp. The morning speaker for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is Ranger Gary Horton, a dear friend of mine, a key player in the starting of PA Camp, and an amazing speaker. Gary is speaking to a group of young people at another conference on Wednesday, so I will be filling in Wednesday morning while Gary is gone. Our featured evening speaker is Dr. Doug Bookman. Dr. Bookman is one of my professors at Shepherds Theological Seminary (and my favorite professor at that). His focus-area of study is the life of Christ, so it should be pretty awesome to have that kind of expertise while he’s teaching on what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Dr. Bookman is one of the most entertaining, informative, and amazing communicators I’ve heard, and I am so excited for everyone at camp to get exposed to his teaching too!

Camp is only two weeks away — please share this post with as many as you can, and let’s spread the word! And take the time to check out the info and consider signing your kids up too for what can be one of the most transformative and impactful weeks of their lives!

  • You can find all the info about Youth Camp and Children’s Camp — prices, check in times, etc. here.
  • You can get to the registration form from their as well, or go here.
  • You can watch the slideshow from last year’s camp here, and enjoy the promo video for this year below!


About Topher

I'm a pastor, husband, and bookworm in northwestern PA. I started this site as a platform for creating and curating solid resources that make for solid men and women of wisdom, virtue, discipline, and faith. Become a patron and support my work at
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