Crossings at Skycroft

Crossings at Skycroft (formally ReCharge):

Compact Camp | August 18-21, 2020 | $190/person

Skycroft is excited to welcome Crossings in summer 2020 to carry out the existing student camp program, previously called ReCharge, that our churches know and love! Crossings at Skycroft is a summer camp experience for students who have completed grades 6-12 that is focused on keeping the Gospel front and centerBring your students to Crossings at Skycroft and they will experience Christ-centered worship, intentional church group time, dynamic recreation and much more! 

Original camp sessions scheduled for June and July have been canceled due to COVID-19. As an alternative, we are offering a Compact Camp session, August 18-21 ($190/person). This event will include all your favorite camp elements compacted into one awesome 4-day, 3-night event (see note below on COVID-19 for more details)!

Please note: At this time, we are only receiving registrations for this event by phone or email. To register, call the Skycroft office at 800-536-6759 or email skycroft@skycroft.org.

A Note about COVID-19 and Camp

While we were disappointed to cancel June and July Crossings’ sessions in light of COVID-19, we trust that this was the wisest decision for the health and well-being of our campers. We are optimistic that as restrictions lift and communities begin reopening, August will present a better opportunity to provide a fun camp experience to your students in a safe environment.

The health of your leaders and students continues to be at the forefront of our mind as we make plans. In order to build in a few basic safeguards, we have decided to make this compact camp week a shorter session – 4-days, 3-nights – and to limit the amount of attendees to better accommodate for physical distancing.

Churches can expect additional screening measures to ensure all campers and adult chaperones are healthy upon arriving to camp. We will send out more information about health screening as August approaches. We will also be implementing additional health and cleaning protocols in alignment with recommendations from the CDC and state authorities to maintain a safe environment for camp.

2020 Compact Camp Theme

If any man desires to be my disciple, he must deny himself and  take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).

PURSUE: Join the Eternal Movement

The Christian life is a story about pursuit. Jesus faithfully pursues all of us and, in response, those who choose to trust him humbly pursue Him. Jesus’ children must also pursue others and thereby pursue the growth of Jesus’ kingdom, an eternal movement of disciples committed to King Jesus. Jesus makes radical demands. He calls us to come and die to ourselves: our agenda, our ambition, our desires, and our sin. All who do this join him, follow in his footsteps, and find true life. They find true, lasting life within an eternal movement of God’s people.

Will You Pursue Jesus?  Will you join something bigger than yourself and join Jesus’ eternal movement? Join us at Compact Camp in August as we look into the Gospel of Matthew, learn from the lives of Jesus’ first disciples, and study a few of Jesus’ most powerful sermons. Together, we will hear Jesus’ voice and we will obey Jesus’ invitation to follow him and be his disciples.

 

 

Compact Camp Pastor: Kevin Jones

Kevin is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and serves as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Boyce College. Jones’s longing is to see Christian teachers and leaders impact the lives of students nationally and internationally, teaching, and leading to the glory of God. He and his high school sweetheart, Demica, have three children: Kennedi, Kevin Jr, and Karsynn.

Crossings Ministries is based in Louisville, KY and has been offering student camps for 20 years at two beautiful camp properties in central and western Kentucky. 2019 was a record year with over 16,000 in attendance across all Crossings’ camps. Our mission ensures that our camps keep the good news about Jesus at front and center: “We create experiences to proclaim the Gospel.”

The need is ever-present for safe places for students to hear the Gospel proclaimed, engage in biblical teaching, and experience Christ-centered worship. Our heartbeat is to help the church reach the students in Generation Z with the hope of the Gospel, the joy of caring relationships, and the abiding power of God’s Word. We look forward to working with you and your students!

 

Tuesday:

  • 1:00-5:00  Registration (Pool, Water Slide, Hebrews open!)
  • 5:00 Adult Meeting
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Opening Celebration
  • 9:15 Color Wars // Late Night
  • 11:00 Curfew

Wednesday:

  • 6:30 Leadership Lab
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Time Alone with God (TAWG)
  • 9:15 Morning Celebration/Large Session Bible Study
  • 10:15 Church Group Bible Study
  • 11:15 Circuit A
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:15 Circuit B
  • 2:30 Circuit C
  • 3:45 Color Team Games
  • 4:30 Free Time (Hebrews, pool, water slide, zip line open!)
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30 Worship
  • 9:00 Church Group Time
  • 9:45 Free Time/Late Night Option (Hebrews open!)
  • 11:00 Curfew

Thursday:

  • 6:30 Leadership Lab
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Time Alone with God (TAWG)
  • 9:15 Morning Celebration/Large Session Bible Study
  • 10:15 Church Group Bible Study
  • 11:15 Adventure 1 
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 Adventure 2
  • 3:30 Color Team Games 
  • 4:30 Free Time (Hebrews, pool, water slide, zip line open!)
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30 Worship
  • 9:00 Church Group Time
  • 9:45 Free Time/Late Night Option (Hebrews open!)
  • 11:00 Curfew

Friday:

  • 7:30 Pack Up/Vacate Lodging
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Closing Celebration
  • 10:00 Depart for Home

 

Pursue: Join the Eternal Movement

Will You Pursue the Eternal Movement?

The Christian life is a story about pursuit. Jesus faithfully pursues all of us and, in response, those who choose to trust him humbly pursue Him. Jesus’ children must also pursue others and thereby pursue the growth of Jesus’ kingdom, an eternal movement of disciples committed to King Jesus. Jesus makes radical demands. He calls us to come and die to ourselves: our agenda, our ambition, our desires, and our sin. All who do this join him, follow in his footsteps, and find true life. They find true, lasting life within an eternal movement of God’s people. He says to all, “If any man desires to be my disciple, he must deny himself and  take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).

Are You a Disciple of Jesus?

When Jesus says, “Follow me,” he is saying, “Be my disciple.” Jesus’ Gospel call is not just to salvation. Through the Gospel, Jesus calls us all to pursue his way of life, to imitate his self-giving, and to proclaim his eternal movement. The pursuit of Jesus and his eternal movement pits his disciples against the culture of the world. As his disciples pursue Him and others, they invite opposition, persecution, and even rejection. Yet, following him turns everything that we think should happen upside down on its head. This is the way and the life. This is where we find that Christ is our joy, sustainer, and providerand we are transformed by him in the process. While the sacrifice is difficult, the difficulty is mingled with a sustaining hope and unwavering confidence that Jesus will return and establish his kingdom—his eternal movement.

Will You Pursue Jesus?

Will you join something bigger than yourself and join Jesus’ eternal movement? Join us at Crossings in 2019 as we look into the Gospel of Matthew, learn from the lives of Jesus’ first disciples, and study a few of Jesus’ most powerful sermons. Together, we will hear Jesus’ voice and we will obey Jesus’ invitation to follow him and be his disciples.

Worship Leadership – Come hang with the band and hear all about what it means to be a part of worship leadership. You’ll get to ask them questions and see what all goes into being a part of a band, from writing songs, setting up the sound system, to any ways they get rid of  pre-show jitters!

Salt & Light – Jesus calls Christians to be salt and light to those around us, but what does that mean for our every day lives? It’s a hard challenge to be “in the world but not of the world” – how do we do that? Are you burdened for people who don’t know Jesus? We’ll discuss how we can carry out this call from Jesus to reach lost people and point them to Jesus. We’ll have the opportunity for situational gospel sharing and practice evangelizing. Learn how to shine your light for Christ and give lost people a thirst to know the Living Water.

The Mature Man Association (MMA)- This is for guys only taught by our fearless leader, Doug DuBois.  What do you think a Godly man looks like? How are we supposed to live that out everyday? Our culture certainly projects a stereotype of what a real man is, but does that match up with God’s vision? We are going to talk about some of the big issues that guys face today and how we are called to respond to them. We’ll share about what a real man of God looks like through some different topics by discovering what the Bible says and challenging each other to walk in the calling that God has given us as men. If you’re ready for the challenge, then MAN UP!!!!!

Girl Talk – This is for girls only. What does a Godly woman look like? What does culture say women are supposed to be? We’ll talk about issues women face today and what the Bible says about it. We’re going to find out what being a Godly woman really looks like and how we can achieve it in our lives. We’ll cover topics that are specific to young women today. Girls will be challenged as they go home to live their lives for Christ.

Creative Canvas – Learn how to use your creative talents to worship our Creator through art! What does it mean to be an artist for Christ? Your talents and passions have been given to you by God for the purpose of bringing glory to Him. This hands-on circuit will give you the opportunity to express your faith and worship through drawing, painting and other mediums. We’ll spend the week learning how our artistic gifts can be offered back to God as worship.

Deep Questions – Deep questions is focused on answering the tough questions that you’ve always wondered about and that often come up in the course of the modern Christian life. In this circuit, we will be tackling questions like “how do we know there is a God?” and “why do bad things happen to good people?” along with many other issues that you may face in life. This circuit will offer you an opportunity to challenge, to be challenged, and to get honest and real answers to your questions. Deep Questions provides a safe space where questions are encouraged and the answers are sought out in the Word of God.

Defending Your Faith – We can’t depend on anyone else to carry our faith for us, it is up to us alone. But, sometimes it’s hard to explain to others what you believe. It’s even harder when someone wants to argue their beliefs against yours. In this circuit, we’ll take a close look at the fundamentals of our faith and you’ll be able to learn how to talk to others about who Jesus is and why He is the answer.

Flag Football: We’ll be working on teamwork, agility and speed while we play flag football.

Shooting for the Stars: Fascinated by the stars? Always on the look out for your favorite constellation? This circuit is all about how our amazing Creator structured the Universe. We will focus on Creationism and how the study of astronomy disproves The Big Bang Theory.

To Infinity & Beyond – For Seniors Only. So, you’re graduating from high school. What’s next? You’re about to enter a whole new world of independence and adventure. It’s time to leave the comfort of your church youth group and move into a faith that is not dependent on your parents or youth pastor. But how do you do that? Come get the inside scoop on life post-high school and get some great advice from people who JUST figured it out!

Jesus & Culture – Love Netflix, movies and music? Obsessed with social media? We’re going to explore Christian themes through movies, music and other popular culture. What influence does Jesus have on culture, and what influence does culture have on how we view Jesus and Christianity? We’re going to watch clips, listen, and talk about Jesus and pop culture!

Crafty Corner – This circuit is for the curious, the creative, and the crafty! Learn how to make some Nifty crafts while exploring how you can use your creative talents to glorify the God who gave them to you!

Drama – Has God given you special talents to act or perform? Spend a week in the theater arts as you work on performances to show the rest of the campers here at reCHARGE. God’s truth can be expressed in a creative and powerful way through drama. This circuit will teach you how to use your skills to create Drama ministries for outreach so you can go home and spread the message of Jesus using the arts!

Creative Writing – You love to write. You want to be inspired. You hope to meet other aspiring literary artists. But most of all, you want to see the arts and the gospel collide. Come join us for a crash course in prose and poetry with a purpose. Sessions will be packed with new writing and brainstorming techniques, and students will have the opportunity to workshop and present their pieces in a creative and encouraging environment.

Ultimate Frisbee – Speed, grace, teamwork and a flying disc – all the necessary components for the ULTIMATE camp game: Ultimate Frisbee! We’ll be perfecting our disc skills and having tons of fun playing Ultimate Frisbee together in this circuit.

Outdoor Games – We’ll play a few classic outdoor games each day like Capture the Flag, kickball, volleyball, and more! We will focus on teamwork and sportsmanship and how we can glorify God, even by playing games

Sample Camp Menu:

Tuesday Dinner: Assorted Pizza, Chicken Wings, Carrot/Celery Sticks, Macaroni Salad, Broccoli

Wednesday Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches (English Muffins, Egg Patties, Sausage Patties, Cheese), Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Diced Fried Potatoes, Muffins, Oatmeal

Wednesday Lunch : Taco Bar w/Beef and Chicken, Soft and Hard Shell Tortillas, Spanish Rice, Caribbean Black Beans, Peppers & Onions, Corn on the Cob, Taco Fixin’s

Wednesday Dinner :Beef Lasagna, Grilled Chicken, Linguini Noodles, Marinara Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Tuscan Blend Steamed Veggies, Asparagus, Garlic Toast

Thursday Breakfast : French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Links, Bacon, Hash Browns, Strawberry Topping, Cinnamon Rolls, Oatmeal

Thursday Lunch : Hamburgers (served on brioche bun), Chicken Tenders, Broccoli, Honey Carrots, Curly Fries, Pasta Salad

Thursday Dinner : Pot Roast, Sweet Pineapple Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Orzo, Catalina Veggies, Green Beans, Dinner Rolls

Friday Breakfast :Pancakes (regular & chocolate chip), Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage Links, Hash Browns, Blueberry Topping, Oatmeal

A note on food accommodations: 

We do our best to accommodate each of our guests and any food allergies by serving buffet style along with having an extensive fruit and salad bar. We also have many types of dry cereals that are available at every meal. We feel that serving buffet style allows our guests to choose from the items that are safe for them to eat.
With the many types of food allergies, we can not guarantee that cross contamination won’t occur or that one of our vendors might substitute a product due to their supply. Due to the amount of meals that are served each day, it is also difficult to cater meals for each individual, many with different allergies.
It is for these reasons that we suggest for guests with severe food allergies to store any special meals in a refrigerator located in their lodge so there is not a chance of illness or allergic reaction. If someone in your church groups requires a refrigerator to store supplementary food, please notify the Skycroft office in advance. We do have a commercial microwave at the entrance of our dining room where the meals can be reheated. This allows for the guest to choose from items on our buffet or salad line and still have the assurance of a safe meal.

FAQ’s

How many adult leaders should I bring?

An important aspect in the ministry of Crossings is the relationships that students build with the adult leaders from their church. Crossings requests one adult for every five students (gender specific) in order to facilitate discipleship between students and adults that will extend beyond camp. As your students will be looking for guidance from the adults that come with your church, it is important that you bring adults who are at least 21-years-old, maturing Christians, and can be examples to your students and lead them spiritually.

What if I have a student with food allergies or a dietary restriction?
We at Skycroft do our best to accommodate each of our guests and any food allergies by serving buffet style along with having an extensive fruit and salad bar. We also have many types of dry cereals that are available at any meal. We feel that serving buffet style allows our guests to choose from the items that are safe for them to eat. With the many types of food allergies, we can not guarantee that cross contamination won’t occur or that one of our vendors might substitute a product due to their supply. Due to the amount of meals that are served each day, it is also difficult to cater meals for each individual, many with different allergies.
It is for these reasons that we suggest for guests with severe food allergies to store any special meals in a refrigerator located in their lodge so there is not a chance of illness or allergic reaction. If someone in your church groups requires a refrigerator to store supplementary food, please notify the Skycroft office in advance. We do have a commercial microwave at the entrance of our dining room where the meals can be reheated. This allows for the guest to choose from items on our buffet or salad line and still have the assurance of a safe meal.
What is the dress code at camp?

We ask that all students and adults dress modestly. For females and males, shorts need to be longer than fingertips when arm is extended down the side of leg. We do not allow spaghetti strap tank tops, any tops where undergarments can be seen, or any shirts with the sides cut out. Swimsuits should be one piece; if a female has a two-piece they will be asked to wear a dark t-shirt over their swimsuit. For both males and females, shirts must be worn at all times when walking to and from the lake/pool.

Closed-toe shoes are required for games and mission sites.

What age ranges can attend student camp?

Student camp is for students entering 7th grade through graduated seniors.

Can parents come and visit?

Yes, parents can visit during worship and meal times with visitor approval from Crossings/Skycroft. Visitor requests should be communciated well in advance. 

Should my students bring spending money?

The majority of activities offered at camp are included in the registraion price.

However, there are a few free-time activities that have a nominal cost to participate. Students may want to bring spending money to purchase snacks or gear in HeBrews coffee and ice cream shop, which is open during afternoon and evening free time. Students will also have the opportunity to give to a missions offering during worship one night.

What amenities are available at Skycroft?

Outdoor pool, water slide, zip line, Bazooka Ball, paintball, GaGa court, 9-Square in the air, human foosball, a snack bar/gift shop, hiking trails, basketball courts, corn hole, and much more!

What should campers bring?

A detailed packing list will be provided in the Spring to all registered groups.