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A.P. Christian Evidences Camp

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

For five nights and parts of six days, 225 individuals from 36 different churches in nine different states and one foreign country gathered together in Oakman, Alabama at Indian Creek Youth Camp for Apologetics Press’ third annual Christian Evidences Camp. In previous years our themes included “The Existence of God” (2011) and “The Reliability of the Bible” (2012). This year we focused on “Creation and Evolution.” We had five nightly lectures by five different A.P. speakers. Campers attended two classes each morning taught by a number of different teachers. A.P. staff members taught the 7th-12th grade classes. Several preachers and youth directors, who are close friends and supporters of A.P., taught the 5th-6th grade classes, while Rhonda and Sandy Thompson taught all campers 4th grade and younger.

Young people in the 21st century desperately need to be exposed to sound, logical, biblically accurate information in their continual battle against atheistic evolution. A.P. campers learned the truth about many things that are extremely relevant to the creation/evolution debate. Some of the main topics covered throughout the week included: (1) Natural Selection and Mutations, (2) Science and the Age of the Earth, (3) The Bible and the Age of the Earth, (4) Spontaneous Generation, (5) Vestigial Organs, (6) Homology, (7) Alleged Human Evolution, (8) Dinosaurs, and (9) Wonders of God’s Creation.

In addition to the classes, lectures, devotionals, and singings that campers participated in during the week, they were also treated to many other enjoyable experiences.

Although spiritual nourishment is paramount, you can’t have a camp without a lot of physical nourishment—and every year some of the best cooks in the south volunteer to prepare 14 of the tastiest camp meals you’ve ever eaten.

For two hours every afternoon, campers had the freedom to play a variety of sports (including ultimate frisbee, soccer, basketball, ping pong, and the ever-popular coneball), to visit the craft hut, or simply to sit in the shade and enjoy visiting with other campers.

After a hot afternoon, campers could choose to relax and canoe at the creek or head to the pool for a refreshing 45-minute swim. (Boys and girls swim separately.)

Evening activities included game-time at the gym and friendly competitions between cabins (e.g., tug of war) on the athletic fields.

Overall, it was a great week of camp—perhaps the best A.P. camp yet. Many exceptional young people attended from all over the south. We had a fantastic volunteer staff of faithful Christians who knew how to lead children effectively, while also having a lot of fun. Last, but certainly not least, two young ladies committed their lives to Jesus at camp this year, being immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38).

The 2014 Christian Evidences camp has been tentatively set for June 8-13. Registration will likely open in February. Check our Web site for additional details after the first of the year.

  • “A.P. Camp was just incredible.”
  • “It was a fabulous spiritual feast for the campers as well as staffers!”
  • “Great evening with the folks at the Apologetics Press week of Indian Creek Youth Camp! Wish this week had been there when I was a camper.”
  • “On the way back from Apologetics Press week at ICYC we stopped in a store and were looking through some used books. My kids picked up a high school biology textbook and turned to a section on evolution. I was thrilled to realize that they could immediately point out the error in the book and refute the lies. We are eternally grateful for the men and women of AP and the teachers, counselors, cooks, and all other workers that made this week one of our family’s most fun and spiritually strengthening weeks of the year.”
  • “This year at [AP week at] ICYC I made new friends, was reunited with old ones, heard amazing classes and sermons by amazing preachers, and had my faith strengthened. It was definitely the best week of camp I have ever had!”
  • “What a wonderful week of camp at Indian Creek, hosted by Apologetics Press! My family and I so enjoyed being away from the ‘real world’ for a few days. There are a lot of parts of the ‘real world’ that I wish I could keep on doing without. But until heaven, weeks like this help me survive in the meantime… And what an incredible group of adult volunteers. The Lord allows this old earth to continue to stand because of folks like you!”

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