Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Virginia's Shenandoah mountains is a week-long summer camp that has been serving up fun for Angel Tree® attendees for the past four years. Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship®, provides presents for children on behalf of their incarcerated parents, and during the summer, scholarships provide a way for thousands of Angel Tree children to attend a week of Christian camp.
Camp Eagle in Fincastle, Virginia, is one of those camps. A ministry of Shenandoah Baptist Church, Camp Eagle has served people of all ages in a variety of ways for over 30 years. Their premier event, however, is their annual summer camp for children. Camp is an opportunity for children to have "a safe, fun, fulfilling place to grow personal faith in God."
Stan Long, pastor of Shenandoah Baptist Church, has worked with Angel Tree kids for the past several years. But it wasn't until recently that he partnered with Prison Fellowship® to take these same kids to Camp Eagle—a five-day fun fest filled with just about every outdoor activity you can imagine.
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As kids arrive on Monday, they immediately start to participate in everything from field games, swimming, boating, archery, and a weekly bonfire. In between all the activities, Pastor Long walks campers through the Bible from the place where it all began—Genesis.
By week's end, each camper is then given the chance to know Jesus in a personal way by accepting Him as their Lord and Savior! For many of these Angel Tree kids, who vary in age from 8 to 18, this can be the critical turning point in their lives.
Thanks to people like you who support Angel Tree, these children will have the chance to return home with a new direction and outlook on life.
Jim Forbes is the director of communications at Prison Fellowship. Every day he works with local, state, regional, and national press organizations to promote Prison Fellowship and the work it does around the country.