Youth Camp

Blog posts on the Youth Camp run by college students from Elevate



Hey all, I just want to say thank you for so much support by checking this blog. I want to say sorry that the posts have been coming slowly, but internet has been a commodity around here. The trip is going well and it is amazing to see God at work (in our lives as well as those around us). For me, it has been wonderful connecting with the youth […]


Saturday was a long day full of wonderful sites and I am exhausted. We left at 6:45AM to travel to Spissky Hrad (Castle), the largest Castle in Central Europe. The trip was about 3 hours and well worth it. The castle was just as beautiful as the last time I saw it three years ago. After Spissky, we traveled to Kezmorak where we visited another gorgeous castle, a breathtaking wooden […]

Castles, Churches and Campers



Well….registration and check-in is going on right now for the Elevate Youth Camp up in the mountains for Slovak High Schoolers. We’re taking off in about 40 minutes for the camp and won’t return until Friday evening. Updates from the camp may be sporadic and in the form of text messages, as we don’t really know if we’ll have any sort of internet access at the camp to upload pictures […]

Youth Camp


Well, we made it to camp safely!! Despite the bus being as wide as the road and a cliff less than a foot away from the edge of the road, we made it! We just finished dinner and have all unpacked, set up the meeting room, and are just socializing now. Our total number of students is up to 27, and 12 leaders. This is a HUUUUGE change from the […]

We’re here!


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To reiterate what was said in the post yesterday by Matt, we are now at camp!!!!! It is cold here, a stark contrast to the sweltering heat of Martin. The students seem to be enjoying things. Some more reluctantly than others. It has been fun connecting with students, even though it has only been 1 day. The leadership team of the camp consists of the 5 students from Elevate and […]

Good morning!



Hello All! I would like to say a big thank you to all of you wonderful people who are checking our blog for updates on our time here in Slovakia! Already, we have seen the effects of your prayers, for example, several times we asked for prayers that there would be a change in the extreme heat and humidity when we came here to the camp, and God has been […]

Day 2 of Camp!!


Today was a good day at camp! It was my very first time giving a talk with a translator, quite a different feeling! Also, the connections with students have been growing. We went on a hike to a traditional Slovak village. The best part of the hike was the opportunities that arose to speak 1-on-1 with students with their full attention…Also, several of us got a chance to milk sheep […]

Camp Day 4


Well, it’s breakfast time on day 5 of camp. The connections and relationships are blossoming all around, both with the english and slovak team members. It’s great seeing how open these students are becoming….how ready they are to engage and try their best to have conversations in a language other than their own…..how much they want to get to know us. Already students are asking if we’ll come back again […]

Camp Day 5 – the beginning



As I think about our time here in Slovakia over the past two weeks or so, I simply cannot think where the time has gone! We are now beginning our last full day here at BCSC camp, and the skies seem to hold the promise of yet another beautiful day. Each day we spend here is more fun than the last, and since tonight will be our last night meeting, […]

Nearing the end…


We’re in our last five hours here at camp and still have a LOT to do today. I don’t have time to write too much right now with everything, but wanted to give a quick update. Last night we held our second annual talent show which consisted mostly of impromptu acts and the Elevate team completely humiliating themselves (but in a good way!) We sang very random songs as a […]

Down to the wire