Camp Emmaus
Mount Morris, IL

Fall Youth Retreat

For the Glory of God and Our Neighbors Good

My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don't do anything to show that you really do have faith? -James 2:14

November 10th through November 12th 2017
Camp Emmaus, 3011 W. Camp Road, Oregon, Illinois 61061

When: Registration will begin at 7 pm on Friday Night. Retreat participants will be dismissed on Sunday around 11:30 AM. We are open to people coming late or leaving early so long as they are at the retreat Saturday Morning.

Who: Everyone currently in 9th through 12th grades plus First Year College students during the 2017-2018 school year. Friends and advisors are welcome.

Cost: $25 for youth and adults. Make checks payable to "Illinois/Wisconsin District Youth"

What to Bring: Games, Bible, Rake, Sleeping Bag, Snacks to share, Towel, and Work clothes.

Service Project Information: We recommend dressing comfortably and in layers - it can be chilly in the morning - and you may warm up while raking leaves.

Leaf Raking - November 11

Camp Emmaus relies on volunteers to help rake up the leaves in the fall.
We start raking early (8:30am) on Saturday morning and generally are finished before noon.

This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, hang out with friends, and give back to the camp.
(Rain date: 11/18)

Note that there is a youth retreat planned for that weekend to help with the raking and enjoy an entire weekend at camp.
Check for details and registration information.

New Camp Mural

During the week of July 23rd the Junior High Camp at Camp Emmaus created an 8-foot square mural to beautify the boring cinder block filter house by the camp pool. Nora Balayti of Nora Kate Paints ( returned to camp after 15 years where she had been a camper and counselor to design and work with the campers. It was more than painting by the numbers as she taught brush techniques to provide texture and guided the campers through the process of choosing colors. The campers worked on the mural during workshop time, craft time, and free time to get it done and mounted by the end of the week. Camp is excited to have a new place to do morning watches and vesper worship services.

As with any piece of art, different people will see different things in a work of art. Nora described some of the symbols that she was intentional in including in the mural. At the center of the mural is the cross which is a symbol of Christ's love for us which is at the center of the ministries of Camp Emmaus. The mural also incorporates several symbols that represent different aspects of camp. At the top of the mural is a large gate that welcomes us to camp. We are often encouraged to leave the worries of the outside world at the gate as we come to camp. The mural also includes our lake which is often a place of worship and a place where we often feel close to God. Another symbol is a meadow — where camp often has all-camp recreational activities. Other symbols include the main lodge and the bell that keeps us on schedule. If you look closely you can also find a peace pole representing the ideals of camp. The colorful flowers in the mural are not just there for their beauty — they represent that seeds are planted at camp and just as flowers grow into beautiful creations of God, we too as campers grow into beautiful creations of God. The main parts of the mural take on the look and feel of a church stained glass window - but the symbols of camp are painted in a more artistic style - in a style that you may see in a dream, because even after you physically leave camp you will always dream about this special place.

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Camp Emmaus

send mail to:
P.O. Box 128
Mt. Morris, IL 61054

ship UPS to:
3011 W. Camp Rd.
Oregon, Illinois 61061

To make a reservation or ask the Camp Managers a question please call 1-815-734-4268;
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