Each year, the Free Church of Scotland runs summer camps for over 300 children and young adults at various locations around the country.
This is the first of a series of articles on various Free Church Youth Camps (FCYC). First up, Comrie 1 Kids 1.
Comrie Kids 1, a very popular camp with all available places taken this year, is designed for P5-S1 pupils and is held at the Combruith Centre, near Perth.
Camps wouldn't run without its dedicated leaders and this year will see the return of Chris and Alison MacLeod as well as the recently licenced-to-minister, Rev. Innes McSween and several other leaders.
Alongside all the fun activities such as Forest Laser Quest, messy games and competitive dance offs, campers will be taken through an overview of the Bible in a series of talks.
"We recognise that young campers may struggle with specific themes because they lack the wider Biblical context, so we've found that taking them through overview helps them see why Jesus is important," said Camps Administrator Laura Macaulay. "We're desperately aware that this may be our only chance to share the gospel with some of them so the leaders try to make sure the talks are as clear as possible."
A veteran leader of camps, Rev. Innes McSween, shared why he keeps coming back to help out.
“Youth Camps is one of the best things we can do as a church,” Innes said. “We want to show each one why the sacrifice Jesus made is important and how much God loves them."
The Comrie team would like to request particular prayer for the weather, as rain is always very likely!
Homesickness can also be a challenge for this age group, particularly first-time campers. There is also a need to pray for travel as they campers go to and from camp and on their activities.