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Young Life: Good times and the Gospel

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     Bonnie Carlton / Photo

Fun-filled activities at the week-long camp allowed kids to be kids and encouraged interaction between them and their leaders. Pictured from left: Ethan Morris, Pete Bryant, Andy Weaver, Young Life Leader Jeff Anderson, Ian Burdge and Lucas Headrick play tug-of-war.

Thirty students from Pickens High School and six of their Young Life leaders, traveled to Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in Weaverville, NC for the best week of their lives, June 3-9.  The campers and leaders kicked off the summer as they arrived at Windy Gap, located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

During their week at camp, kids from Pickens County had the opportunity to experience high adventure activities such as the zip line, horseback riding, NasCarts, the high ropes course and mountain biking. These activities at camp allow kids to be kids and encourage interaction between them and their leaders.  

Each night over 400 campers and their leaders met for “Club,” a gathering in which they sang, laughed, played games and heard a relevant message about knowing and following the God who created them.  The camp speaker, David Morgan, from Dallas, Texas, shared a message about God’s love in terms they could understand.  Every night kids and their leaders met together in their cabins to discuss the message and how it applies to life today.

The week at Windy Gap provided an opportunity for kids to be in a distraction- free environment, which allowed them to develop friendships, experience life to the full extent, and hear the Gospel presented in an engaging manner, in a setting where they are surrounded by God’s marvelous creation.   “Well, it was the best week of my life, just like how they said it would! Windy Gap made a huge impact on my life from memories to new friends,” said Lucas Headrick, who graduated from Pickens High School in May.

Young Life is a non-profit Christian organization whose purpose is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and to help them grow in their faith. Young Life staff and volunteer leaders believe that teenagers are important and valuable. Staff and leaders are committed to building relationships with kids and modeling the attractive, unconditional love of Jesus Christ during an impressionable time in teenagers’ lives.

Pickens County Young Life welcomes all high school students to participate in  school season “Clubs,” which are held on Monday nights at Mountain City Church, to join us for our Young Life Weekend, which is held at SharpTop Cove in December, and of course to join us on our summer camp trip next year.  For more information about Pickens County Young Life, contact Bonnie Carlton at 678-451-2614 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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