A mission education camp that runs alongside and supports the Impact Mission Camp. Students learn about the community, explore opportunities for mission service, engage in kid-friendly worship, and serve the families and participants of the Impact construction-based camp. Housing is available as family units or as church groups. This will be taken place June 20-26 at Impact Roanoke and June 27- July 3 at Impact Danville.
Participants will serve in Northampton County, in the area around Cape Charles. Campers will learn about other ministries in the community and opportunities for deeper engagement in ongoing ministry. Churches will have opportunities to establish long-term partnerships on the Shore. Housing will be in a middle or high school.
Students will engage in construction mission projects in a concentrated area, with other community engagement ministries and community events going on simultaneously. Housing will be in a church.
In partnership with WMUV, CBFVA, and Bluefield College, participants will be part of several community development ministries in Bluefield Virginia and West Virginia. This camp will not include construction sites. Churches will have opportunities to connect to local ministries where they can invest year-round. Housing will be at Bluefield College.
We are excited for not only a new location but also a new partnership in Roanoke, VA. Housing will be in a church.
This will also include Impact Kids.
In partnership with Averett University and the city of Danville, Impact sites will be concentrated in one area, all within walking distance of one another. Churches will have opportunities to connect to local ministries where they can invest year-round. Housing will be at Averett University. This will also include Impact Kids.
Posted: 8/4/20 at 11:00am. Article by Beth Dale.
When I first heard about Impact! Mission Camps, I was pretty hesitant to participate. Spending a week of my summer waking up at six in the morning to go to worship, then go to work on a house for eight hours in the sun did not seem very appealing to me; until my first day at camp when I was just twelve years old. As soon as I got there I knew Impact was something I wanted to do for as long as I could. Being surrounded by people of faith and being able to make a real, hands on difference in your community is an amazing experience that everyone should be able to participate in. After that first week I had set a personal goal for myself that as soon as I was old enough I would apply to be on staff. Spending a whole summer doing mission work that I had such a strong passion for sounded like the perfect opportunity for me.
After being a camper for seven years, I finally reached the age to apply for Impact staff. I was not sure if it was actually what God had in my plans, but after applying I had a feeling that this is exactly what I was meant to be doing. It was then, after waiting for seven long years to be old enough, I was officially welcomed onto the Impact 2020 team of staff and I could not have been more grateful to God for granting me this chance. Although we were all saddened to hear that COVID-19 had ruined our chances of having an in person camp this year, we were still blessed to have been able to put together a completely virtual version of what Impact is. This summer has taught me a lot about what it is to work as a team and it has taught me that just because things don’t go exactly as planned, does not mean that your plans are ruined.
Before coming to meet the rest of the staff and spend the summer with them I was a nervous wreck; I was scared that I wouldn’t fit and that I would miss home. It was almost just like my emotions from my first year of camp, I was horrified right up until I walked in the door and met the rest of the wonderful staff. Everyone was so welcoming and I truly believe that God put us all together for a reason. These people have taught me so much, from cooking some sweet desserts, to showing me how to be a better person and Christian. I cannot thank God enough for this summer and being able to spread His word with this amazing organization called Impact! Mission Camps.
Posted: 8/4/20 at 12:00pm. Article by Samantha Richard.
When I first heard of Impact, I knew that this experience was going to help me grow in my faith which was my ultimate goal for this year. I had never been to an Impact camp before, much less even heard of it until last October when I was on a retreat for my campus ministry. When I was first accepted for the job, I became overjoyed at the fact that I was going to meet so many great people throughout this experience since we were going to be traveling all over Virginia to the different camps. I got hit hard with the news that camp was going to be virtual this year due to the ongoing concern of COVID-19; I was really looking forward to hearing other students’ experiences through Christ and how Impact has helped them grow in their faith. Even though this virus changed my summer plans completely, I am incredibly grateful for this virtual experience I had with Impact.
All of the staff members bonded quickly, which made for an awesome summer. From recording worship to competing against each other in challenges, I enjoyed every minute of it. This summer was a great time for me to reflect on what my goals in faith were and how I wanted to grow more in Christ, and I think I did just that. With the support of my fellow staff members, I was able to share an important piece of my walk with Christ, something I had never felt comfortable sharing before. Having the experience of living with my coworkers made for an eventful, yet amazing summer because so many memories were made with this wonderful group of people.
Although I did not get the chance to experience all that Impact has to offer, I do feel that I was blessed to receive so much faith and life experience throughout this summer. Impact was my silver lining in a time when the world erupted in chaos and I will forever be grateful to have experienced something as amazing as this. I learned how to be a better person but most importantly, a better follower of Christ. I hope to take what I have learned this summer and apply it to my Christian leadership role I have on campus as well as, throughout the rest of my life. Impact definitely holds a special place in my heart, and I cannot wait to see where the rest of my journey with Impact goes.
Posted: 8/4/20 at 11:30am. Article by Elizabeth Rapp.
Beginning the summer after my freshman year of high school, I began going to Impact with my youth group. This was one of my first camp experiences with my new church, as I had recently left the church I grew up at. To say the least, I was very nervous even though I knew everybody I was going with. I specifically remember my parents and even some of my other family members being unsure about me going to a camp focused on construction because I had never done anything like that in the past. They expected me to come home after the week was over saying that I didn’t want to go back next summer, however that is far from what happened. I came back and talked non stop about camp that week, the house my team worked on, and how much fun I had meeting so many new friends. I truly believe they thought someone had replaced their daughter because I was telling them how much fun I had cutting roof shingles in 100 degree weather. That summer, on my first Impact trip is what made me comfortable at my new church and excited to be part of such a great youth group.
I continued going to Impact every summer until I started college and now I am on staff with the most amazing group of people I could have ever imagined. Even though camp was much different this year due to COVID-19, I know I can speak for staff and past campers that it is truly better than no camp at all. In my staff interview I remember asking what camp would be like if COVID-19 was still around during the summer and Glenn and Mikayla mentioned virtual camp. It was such a relief for me to know that I would have something to do this summer, have a job, and know that Impact was still happening even if it looked different.
Even though I had been a camper and knew what Impact was like I still didn’t know what it was like from a staff perspective. This summer was able to show somewhat of what it is like, besides waking up super early every morning, being in the heat, and doing physical labor. It was nice to dip my foot in the pool before fully jumping in which is one reason I’m grateful for this summer. I also enjoyed the outreach opportunities that we were still able to do and the amazing friendships I have made with the other staff. We mowed lawns through Chesterfield Lawn Care, helped Freemason Baptist Church go through clothes donations, visited Gwathmey Baptist Church to see what ways their children were helping their community, and helped out at Old Dominion University’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry building. My favorite part of the whole summer was living and working with the other staff who I can say have definitely become my best friends. We all met over zoom during the spring and it was very awkward to say the least, but what zoom call isn’t? Being in person and building connections with each other has been such a blessing to me especially in a time where I thought I was going to be stuck at home all summer. Even though this summer was different in many ways God is always working in our lives, so I know many people were blessed through virtual camp.
Posted: 8/4/20 at 10:30am. Article by Alexis Epperly.
You know those times in your life that can only be explained by saying it was a “God thing.” It baffles me that the theme “Better Together” was chosen last summer but it is so fitting for what is going on today in the world. This had to be a “God thing.”
Looking back to early January, the news would talk about this virus however, it seemed like a distant disease that would soon fizzle out of the news. This was far from the truth; in a few short months, the virus started to become real when I was bombarded with information about the virus in the US during my spring break trip. Like many of you, my world turned upside down in a matter of a few days. I wasn’t going back to school and lingering in the back of my mind I was questioning if Impact would still happen. A few weeks after arriving home, I talked to someone who was going to be a construction coordinator for the 2020 summer. He said that there was no way that Impact would be able to do camp this summer because projects hadn’t been solidified and materials ordered. Hearing this I was devastated! Last year I was nervously awaiting camp and somewhat dreading having to come out of my comfort zone however, this year the anticipation of another remarkable summer was eating me alive. I wanted everyone to stay safe yet, selfishly, I was refusing to believe that Impact would cancel all because I wanted camp and was eager for what God had in store for the summer.
Still in denial, I waited for the official word about camp. Thankfully, it wasn’t too long until I received news that camp would be virtual for the summer. I was instantly relieved that camp was not canceled but hesitant about what “virtual camp” would look like and this would work. Don’t get me wrong; it was devastating not being able to have normal, face to face, interactions with campers. Nevertheless, we were able to come up with ways where we could interact and connect with campers’ hours or even time zones away. There was a ton of uncertainty of how camp would work since this was unlike anything Impact had done before, yet God provided us with an opportunity to join together in a safe way and still dive deeper into his word.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God equipped this summer’s Impact staff with all of the talents and abilities we needed to construct this virtual camp. Without each staff member’s unique talents, I don’t believe we would have been able to produce such a great way to serve and worship alongside campers. It was inspiring seeing how campers were not letting the virus stop them from sharing Christ with others but how they were staying safe while doing so. There is no doubt in my mind that God called each one of us to be on staff this summer and that he was using us to complete his purpose of sharing Jesus safely to those around us.
Even though this summer was nothing like I expected. It was incredible to see how we could come together as the body of Christ even while we had to keep our distance. With this year being full of many disappointments and cancelations it was amazing to see how nothing could stop the word of God from being shared this summer.