A summer camp experience at Hidden Acres can provide a young person with so much. It can be the place they overcome fears and conquer the climbing wall, meet a new best friend that sticks with them for life, hear about the unending love that our God has for us and so much more. It can also be the place where they learn how to lead and have the opportunity to put that learning into practice.
This summer we had 13 youth participate in our Leaders in Training (LIT) Program. This three-week program provides opportunities to build community, learn about leadership, explore and develop faith, gain practical leadership experience by working alongside our summer staff and have a ton of fun creating memories together. This year, we are thankful for the support that MCEC has given towards this program through the Legacy Initiative Fund.
Deborah Odia, who came to Hidden Acres for the first time this summer, described her experience as being wonderful from the very start despite her nervousness, “I remember feeling welcomed into the community by the staff and other LIT’s, some of whom had been going to the camp for years.” Karina Leclair, another first timer at Hidden Acres, shared about the importance of being organized when providing leadership and how the program helped her grow: “I gained a lot of leadership responsibility during this week that helped build my confidence.” Alexis Peters, who had been a camper for the past five summers before joining the LIT program, reflected on her experience during the end of summer Out Trip as an event that had a big impact on her faith. “Being able to spend the time bonding together and sharing our testimonies made a huge difference. We were given the time to reflect and speak to God. Not only have I learned to trust more in God, but my relationship with Him is stronger from my experiences this past summer”.
Alexis summarizes the experience well, “The L.I.T program is awesome! I can’t wait till next summer!”
Chris Pot, Program Director