Friday, October 01, 2010

    New Church Camp Curriculum: Got Spirit?

    I had the privilege a year or so ago of joining the writing team for "Got Spirit?", the latest outdoor ministry curriculum published by New Earth: Christian Resources for the Outdoors, a joint project of the Committee on Outdoor Ministries of the National Council of Churches and New Earth Publishers. I was particularly excited about this project because it invites youth to explore various ancient Christian spiritual practices as a way to understand how we encounter the spirit of God in our everyday lives.  The six daily discoveries cover the themes of wonder, gratitude, hospitality, generosity, worship, and living in Christ's love.  Each discovery includes biblical/theological background and ideas for exploring daily themes and scripture (tied to the multiple intelligences) as well as worship resources and suggested spiritual practices.  What I like best about this curriculum, besides the focus on spirituality, is that it is written specifically for a camp setting and for an ecumenical audience. You can check out a free sample of the curriculum here.