From zip lines to paintball, and every activity, game and dance party in between, SE!Kids Camp is a memorable time for elementary students from Southeast Christian Church.

This year 41 students made the life-changing decision to follow Jesus Christ during camp at Country Lake Christian Retreat in Underwood, Indiana.

“Camp is such an impactful time for our ministry,” SE!Kids Events Coordinator Misty Yates said. “We really get to take the time to deeply invest in these kids and create an environment where they can meet Jesus in real ways.”

From July 13 through 22, more than 830 first through fifth grade students from all six Southeast campuses attended one of three camp sessions.

Many students invited friends from school or neighbors to join them at camp. Some had never heard of Jesus before.  

Over the course of the camp sessions, students embarked on the “Ooze Cruise”—this year’s camp theme.

While on the Ooze Cruise, students learned about the life of the apostle Paul, the first missionary and church planter in church history.

According to Yates, students “sailed the seven Cs” with Paul, learning about what it looks like to be changed, consistent, committed, courageous, confident and connected through Christ.

As students learned, studied, discussed and worshiped, hearts were changed, and 41 students made first-time decisions for Christ.

At the end of each camp session, students were given the opportunity to be baptized.

Twenty students were baptized.

The camp experience was impactful for both students and camp leaders.

Crestwood Campus Administrative Assistant Dawn Kroboth served as a small group leader alongside her husband, Carl, and daughter, Emilie.

“As a family, we have served at elementary camp four of the last five years,” Kroboth said. “The SE!Kids staff do an amazing job of bringing the Word of God to life for the students. It has been a tremendous opportunity to watch the elementary students grow and learn about the love of God. Every time we go to camp and see the simple faith of the kids, we learn more about our own faith in God.”

The Kroboths were three of more than 150 volunteers who sacrificed their time and energy to ensure students had an impactful camp experience.

“Our volunteers are awesome,” Yates said. “Nothing we do as a ministry would be possible without them, and a huge part of what makes camp so great is their dedication to these kiddos.”