Panther Valley Ecumenical Church Campership Program

If you have ever been to summer camp and even if you have NEVER been to Summer camp please read on.

“I remember the times I spent at summer camp – the crystal-clear lake water, the pines that surrounded the outdoor chapel overlooking the lake, swimming, paddling, and fishing, sitting around the campfire singing songs, and thank heaven for “Bug juice”!”

These fond memories came from several members of our congregation as we discussed what influenced our relationship with God. And we wondered how we might share these experiences with our youth? How can we assist a young person find out what “bug juice” is? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to help our kids gather their own cherished memories of camp that will inspire them to move forward into deeper faith, fellowship and outreach within our church? The result of this discussion is the desire to create a yearly campership to Camp Johnsonburg for a deserving youngster from our congregation.

In 2017 we began the PVEC Campership program and have sent 5 kids to summer camp.

We are so grateful for the financial support that we have received for this program.

2017 Recipient of Campership Award

I would personally like to thank you for the amazing experience at Camp Johnsonburg.  I had such a fun time going, it was life changing.  It came at a very rough time in my life and it soothed some of the emotion.  I joined the MAD group which stands for Music, Arts and Drama. 

At the end of the week we performed a short skit for the whole camp.  It was honestly so much fun meeting all the new people in the group.  I still talk to a few of the them.  There was this one girl named Juliette and she lives in Paris, France, also another girl names Priya.  She is homeschooled.

 At the camp I got to do my favorite thing, kayaking.  We got to do it like four times through the week.  The meals there were great.  It wasn’t constantly the same thing.  We also had the chance to interact with the other groups which was fun.
Layla Mantilla
2018 Recipients of the Campership Award

I had a great time at Camp Johnsonburg and I want to thank Panther Valley Ecumenical Church for giving me the Campership.  PVEC awarded me the Campership because I volunteered at the Sussex County Food Bank.

I went to Camp Johnsonburg from July 30th to August 3rd.  I got there at 7:45AM and had breakfast with other campers.  After breakfast, we had bible study , then cleaned up inside and outside of our cabins.  You could be an overnight camper or day camper.  I was a day camper.  We swam at the lake/pool, played Ga-Ga, and climbed a rockwall the first three days.  On the 4th and 5th days, we did the giant swings where you’re attached to a humongous swing and you go really high and really fast.   On the last day, we did ziplining and I also slipped and fell in a big pool of mud while playing Ga-Ga.  At the end of each day, I got picked up at 5:30PM.

I enjoyed the giant swing, the rockwall, and the zipline the most.  I also made new friends at Camp Johnsonburg that I hope to see again next year.


Alex Johnson