The setting of Big Sky Bible Camp in Bigfork, Montana, just begs for an unforgettable camping experience. The campground is surrounded by Montana’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. A lake right on the property is available for swimming and tubing. Big Sky offers ropescourses, gaga ball (a type of dodgeball, but played inside a “pit” with just one ball), archery, and rifle shooting.
The summer of 2014 offered nine full weeks of camp. Seven of those weeks were co-ed along with one week specifically for junior high girls and one week for junior high boys. The running theme for the entire summer was “Jesus Is Enough,” based around the key verse of Philippians 3:8: “ What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”
About 600 campers enjoyed Big Sky Bible Camp’s program this summer. God has worked in exciting ways. One female high school camper from a difficult life background had been coming to camp for several years. Always disinterested in spiritual issues, she doubted the very existence of God. But this summer her counselor took the time to have several good conversations with her, and by the end of her week of camp, this young girl received Jesus Christ as Savior.
Another young man began coming to camp in 2011. Coming from a non-Christian background, he was very confused about spiritual things. This year he talked endlessly with his counselor about the Gospel and the Bible itself – and came to know Christ as his personal Savior.
Camp is not just the place for young people to receive Christ as Savior. It is also the place for spiritual growth. One young girl began attending camp as a third grader. It was her first exposure to the Bible. She accepted Christ as Savior a few years ago and is now excited to come back each summer and continue to grow. Camp is still her only exposure to anything spiritual.
About 30 volunteers, mostly college-age young people, make these weeks of camp possible. Director Jamy Landis says, “We are just so thankful for a wonderful staff here, both year round and summer. We pray a lot for unity in the staff and God has blessed us in this way greatly this summer.”
Please pray for Big Sky Bible Camp as they are looking into a potential new facility. Pray also as they figure out how to handle the growth that is occurring with summer camp and year-round guest groups.
Keep up with the happenings at Big Sky, sign up for newsletters, see more pictures, or even volunteer by visiting their website: http://www.bigskybiblecamp.org.
Originally Published in BCM World September 2014