Lakeshore's 'Campamento Espiritu' (Camp Spirit) serves Hispanic children for seventh summer


Children of Hispanic heritage enjoyed Campamento Espiritu (Camp Spirit) in July at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center. (Submitted photos)

By Laura Butkovic, Dean, 2017 Campamento Espiritu 

The building of relationships as Christ did when He was here on earth is exactly what happens when the head count is fourteen to a cabin and you are faced with the reality of talking to others without the comfort of home.

Living the summer camp life at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee, starts with devoted and compassionate leadership and spills into staff, resident counselors, volunteer counselors, and deans. This, in turn, is reflected in the leaders and campers as they come together as one enormous family in Christ.

Campamento Espiritu (Spanish for Camp Spirit), a camp for children of Hispanic heritage, began as a weekend camp in 2011 with 12 campers.Through the years it has grown and blossomed into a weekly camp with as many as 63 campers.

Espiritu enables families to send their children to a diverse and God-filled week of music, swimming, worship, crafts, fellowship and fabulous food. 

"Branching Out" was the theme for this year’s camp that ran July 5-8 for campers aged 7 to 11. Campers were taken through many different Bible stories. They created crafts, sang and danced, role-played scripture, participated in new and creative prayer methods and bonded as one community in Christ. 

I am left praising God for everyone who supports this camp and I continue to pray for all involved. Children have an opportunity to meet Jesus during this week and secure a lifetime friend. This may be a child's only way to have a Christian camp experience.