Our BUILT (Boys Under Intense Leadership Training) program is thriving, with a number of guys graduating this year!  It is hard to believe, but a Pathfinder who was at the first Boys Week 2, who has been to camp every year, graduated from BUILT this year. Both boys’ weeks had guys who have a heart for our Lord, a desire to grow, and willingness to devote time, graduate from our BUILT program.

The theme for camp this past year was “The Armor of God”.  While camp is a fun-time, with many activities and adventure, Camp Cherith’s motto is Christ in Every Phase of Life, because it is not simply about the fun, but rather about leading the boys to know who our Lord is, showing them how to trust the Lord, and preparing them to live a life of following and serving our Lord through Jesus Christ.

As we look to our nation and world, there are many issues that face us, from an economic and political standpoint around the globe.  Our boys today are faced with many temptations as they are enticed by what the world has to offer, and we literally bring this enticement into our homes with the internet. When we look back at the theme for this past year, “The Armor of God”, it is directly teaching each and everyone of us how to be prepared and live in this world as followers of Christ.

We need men who put on the Armor of God every day.  While academics, athletics, careers, hobbies, and so on are not necessarily bad, we need men who will first and foremost be followers of Christ.

We encourage you to do the following:

  • Read and meditate on Ephesians 6:10-20.
  • Pray for the boys who were at camp this year, that they would be visibly reminded of The Armor of God.
  • Pray for our BUILT’s that they would be strengthened in their walk with the Lord, and that they would be prepared to serve as counselors this coming summer.
  • Pray that the Lord would be preparing not only BUILT’s to come to camp, but also returning staff and those who will be joining us for the first time.

We would also like to challenge families in a couple of ways:

  • Read the Bible together as a family.
  • Take time to eat meals together without the television on, as it is of absolute importance that parents are sharing their faith with their children. We have, in many ways, lost this precious time as a society. This is also a great time to read a passage of scripture together.
  • Prioritize fellowship with other believers.

On a closing note, during Boys Week 2, we had to move everyone to basements in the middle of the night due to a storm.  With this storm coming, after everyone was asleep, the sheriff stated twice, that we should move everyone, and move them quickly. We do not believe it is any coincidence that twice that day, once in early evening and then with this powerful storm, neither of them touched camp.  The first one we watched on radar as it literally split and went on either side of camp during cabin cookouts.  With the storm in the middle of the night, once the Shikaris were safely in the basement, one of them asked his counselor, “did you look up at the sky?” The counselor responded that he did not, that he was just trying to get everyone to the basement.  The camper stated, “it looked like there was a giant shield over camp.”

Rob Scott—Director Boys’ Week 1

Scott Taylor—Director Boys’ Week 2

Boy’s Director