Homeschool Family Camp 2014 was, everyone agreed, the best year yet. God did such amazing things + it was such a beautiful week of spending quality time with incredible people, being refreshed + encouraged by challenging messages and music, and all in all just rejoicing in the gift God has given us of physical family and most importantly the family of God!
Our theme this year was Serving. Each day we focused on a different aspect of this-serving our families, serving our churches, and serving our communities/the world.
Our theme scripture memory passage was Philippians 2:1-4:
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Have you been thinking about coming to family camp, and want to know a little bit more what it is all about? Well then, here are a few of the highlights from this year, to give you an idea of what to expect if you come. =)

*Amaaazing food! Fifteen yummy meals, as well as snacks every night! And unlimited coffee. =)
*Beautiful location!
*Lots and lots of optional activities! (zip line, kayaking, swimming, archery, tree climbing, hiking, etc)
*Fun family sports! (volleyball, soccer, and Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!)
*lots of cute little babies
*challenging messages from God’s Word
*great object lessons
*special music
*worship before sessions
*young people’s jam/worship nights
*scripture memory
*mother/daughter sessions
*father/son sessions
*hands on guys activities
*practical life skill and application activities for the ladies
*informal volleyball training session
*hilarious skits
*ladies, mens, and young people’s prayer times
*young people’s discussion times
*and much more! (if you are a family camp attendee and have more to add to this list, go right ahead in the comment box! =))

The wonderful thing about this family camp is that people come from just about every kind of background/church denomination/state/etc. We have such a diverse group. Not everyone grew up homeschooled. There are families of every size, from small to large. In addition to families, we have grandparents, single parent households, and single young people attend. We even had a newlywed couple this year! If you come, you are pretty much garenteed to find someone your age. And if you didn’t, it wouldn’t matter anyway, because at family camp, age and gender doesn’t matter-we are all just one big FAMILY and that’s how everyone is treated. It is an amazing atmosphere! It is family-focused and the whole point is strengthening families to grow and live for the Lord together.

If you are interested in attending the 9th Annual Homeschool Family Camp, please email us {in**@bo********************.com} and we will send you a brochure! Sign up soon, because the 2015 camp is already over half full!

And now, a recap in pictures:

*special thanks to all of the photographers at camp who contributed in helping with these photos!
{posted by chelsy}


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  1. The family camp looks so much fun! I'm guessing it is? My pray is that when I have a family my family and I will be able to do the family camp. Do ya all do the family camp every year? Do the older kids help out with the younger kids?
    In Christ,

  2. Bontragers,
    This was a great recap on an absolutely fantastic week!! I was so blessed to be a part of it! I had so many great conversations, and I was challenged(in a good way)if several different things. Thank you all so much! Can't wait to come back next year!

  3. What an amazing, encouraging week family camp was. 😀 So thankful for all the fantastic conversations + memories packed into that week! So enjoyed looking through these pictures. =) Miss these people and am so looking forward to next time, Lord willing!

  4. Hey!! Had SOOOO much fun last year at family camp and I cant believe we get to come again!!! Your family was Succh a HUGE blessing to us last year at family camp. when we came the first night we didnt know if we would fit in as we do not have a dad ( we are all adopted)but chelsea came up to us and welcomed us right away, along with the rest of the family! you are such great role models and you truly are wondefull the lords light shines through you guys!! see you in 2 weeks!!!

    may the lord bless you,

  5. We are counting down the days!!! Cant wait to see everyone again!! Are you guys and the wissman family going to be hosting it again?!?! It was such an amazing and uplifting week! Every body was so encouraging!I loved how everyone were friends and it didnt matter the ages!I believe that that is a great thing! Last year was our first year and we were actually on the waiting list for this year but we got a call from a gall at the vcbc and she told us that they have a opening for us!! So excited !


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