by Joel Grewe and Kaitlyn Czajkowski
GenJ to Host Two Summer Camps
This year, Generation Joshua’s summer camp, iGovern, is expanding to a second location to provide students in the western part of the country a more accessible opportunity to participate in the simulated legislature, presidential race, and political challenges that are a signature part of Generation Joshua’s summer camps and teen track programs.
Generation Joshua is operating two camps this year: iGovern East will be held July 26–August 1 in Purcellville, VA; iGovern West will be held August 9–15 in Colorado Springs, CO.
“Generation Joshua’s iGovern summer camp is more than just another summer getaway; it is a life-changing experience for the students who attend,” says Generation Joshua Director Will Estrada. “Students learn to make important decisions, gain lifelong friends, experience being Christian statesmen and stateswomen, and, above all, be stretched in their faith as Christians.”
During iGovern, a simulated legislative body and presidential campaign demonstrate the intricacies of political systems. In the roles of congressmen—writing and passing legislation, interacting with lobbyists and constituents, and nominating and campaigning for their party’s presidential candidate—teens are shown how difficult it can be, but how essential it is, to live out their faith in real life. They learn how to mature in grace and integrity while holding true to their convictions. From the safety of this simulated environment, teens are pointedly challenged to think out the implications of their actions and ideas and to weigh the consequences of their words and choices.
Past GenJ camp speakers include authors and Rebelution founders Alex and Brett Harris.
“GenJ’s iGovern summer camps combine Christianity, real-world politics, adventure, and wholesome fun to teach, inspire, and challenge teens in every way,” says Estrada. In addition to engaging in fun activities that foster good sportsmanship and strong friendships, campers participate in lectures and discussions led by GenJ staff, and listen to inspiring speakers (in the past, speakers have included authors Alex and Brett Harris, Congressmen Jim Ryun and Frank Wolf, and Wallbuilders founder David Barton).
The expansion of iGovern to two camps this summer provides two distinct atmospheres. Patrick Henry College’s campus
in Purcellville, Virginia, gives campers at iGovern East proximity to the nation’s
capital city and the opportunity to see monuments, museums, and national treasures. The camp takes place July 26–August 1, 2009, and is open to youth ages 14–17. The second camp, iGovern West, is a more traditional summer camp offering the chance for students to get away to a beautiful mountain retreat. Eagle Lake Camp in Colorado Springs provides outdoor activities with a western theme, August 9-15, 2009, for campers ages 14–19.
To learn more about iGovern East or West, visit the Generation Joshua website.
| About the author|
Joel Grewe is Generation Joshua’s deputy
director for outreach. Kaitlyn Czajkowski
is editor of Generation Joshua’s online
magazine, Liberty’s Call.