Trinity Youth Camp Day

Thursday, July 23 OR Tuesday, July 28

  • 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (arrive between 9:30-10 a.m.)
  • Great Oaks Camp, Lacon
  • Cost is $40 per youth or adult – check made out to “Trinity Lutheran Church” – can be paid before July 23/28 or when checking in at the camp.
  • Maximum of 28 youth and adults can register for each day. The whole group will be divided into two groups of 14 – groups cannot change during the day and have to stay 30 feet from each other. Youth and adults are asked to only register for one of the two days so there is enough space for all youth and adults who wish to attend. That camp day is closed when the 28-person limit is reached. Please contact DCE Scott Rauch or Pastor Matt Synnott to be placed on a waiting list. Trinity is considering adding additional Youth Camp Days throughout 2020-21.
  • Youth are welcome to note on the online registration form one other youth who they wish to be considered for their group. That noted youth needs to be an individually registered youth.
  • Trinity will not provide transportation
    • Youth need be transported TO and FROM the camp by their parent or can carpool if families decide.
  • Each person in a group will receive a color-designated t-shirt.
  • Additional camp information will be provided after registration is received.

Schedule:

9:30-10 a.m.  Arrive and check in for the day at Great Oaks Camp – this will include a temperature check.

10:30 a.m.  In our two groups we will spend 50 minutes each on the Rock Wall and the Leap of Faith.

1:00 p.m.  Activity time with hiking and fishing/escape rooms OR archery and game barn (carpet ball/skee ball/pop-a-shot game).

2:00 p.m.  In our two groups we will spend 50 minutes each with swimming, including the blob and pond zip line and canoeing and paddle boating.

4:00 p.m.  Outdoor Bible Study for each group at different areas.

5:30 p.m.  Cookout Dinner outside Dining Hall.

6:30 p.m.  Activity time with hiking and fishing/escape rooms OR archery and game barn – Groups will switch from the 1:00 p.m. time.

7:30 p.m.  Devotional Worship at Pond Lawn Hillside.

8:00 p.m.  In our two groups we will spend 50 minutes each on the Adventure High Ropes Course and the 3-Person Zipline both under the lights.

10:00 p.m. Prayer and head home.

Trinity Family of God Days

Saturday, July 25 OR Sunday, July 26

  • 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (arrive between 9:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • Great Oaks Camp, Lacon
  • Cost is $25 per person (0-3 years old are free) with a $100 family max – check made out to “Trinity Lutheran Church” – can be paid before July 25/26 or when checking in at the camp.
  • Maximum of 28 participants can register for each day. The whole group will be divided into two groups of 14 – groups cannot change during the day and have to stay 30 feet from each other. Participants are asked to only register for one of the two days so there is enough space for all who wish to attend. The camp day registration is closed when the 28-person limit is reached. Please contact DCE Scott Rauch to be placed on a waiting list. Trinity is considering adding additional Family of God Camp Days throughout 2020-21.
  • Additional camp information will be provided after registration is received.

Schedule:

12:30-1:00 p.m.  Arrive and check in for the day at Great Oaks Camp – will include a temperature check.

1:30 p.m. – In our two groups will experience age-appropriate Group Initiatives.

2:30-4:45 p.m.  Kids Outdoor Bible Lessons & Activities – supervised and led by qualified adult leaders.

SO THAT ADULTS (PARENTS!) AND YOUTH CAN PARTICIPATE IN…

2:30-3:30 p.m. Group 1-Adventure High Ropes Course and Zip line / Group 2-Paintball

3:45-4:45 p.m. Group 1-Paintball / Group 2-Adventure High Ropes Course & Zip line.

4:45 p.m.  In our two groups we will spend 30 minutes each with swimming, including the blob and pond zip line and canoeing and paddle boating.

6:00 p.m.  Cookout dinner outside Dining Hall.

7:00 p.m.  Activity time (hiking, fishing/escape rooms, archery, resting, game barn, playground) – groups will choose two of these activities to participate in for 30 minutes each, staying with their group.

7:30 p.m.  Devotional Worship at Pond Lawn Hillside.

8:00 p.m.  Either leave or choose to stay for board games with social-distanced tables and star gazing.

Camp FAQs

Q: Will camp be similar to how Trinity typically operates camp?

The simple answer is a gentle but firm “No.” Our theme for all our camps is “Sacrifice.” We will work through the Youth Camp day as a 12 hour Group Building Initiative, working together under unique circumstances, rejoicing in what we get to do and sacrificing our own desires for the sake of each other, reflecting Jesus’ kind of love with each other. The Family of God Camp day is a great opportunity for an economical and fun short staycation, but it too will require sacrifice in how it will operate.

Q: What will happen when I get to camp? 

You will arrive at the Poplar Lodge parking area at the front of the camp. You will have your temperature taken with a touchless thermometer and asked some basic health questions. You will already have been assigned to a group of 14 participants for the day. You will then meet in a second area for camp instructions for the day.

Q: Will masks be required all day at camp? 

We will practice social distancing (6 feet apart) in most of our activities but when we are closer to each other you will be asked to wear a mask. Either bring your own or a disposable one will be provided to you for the day. There will be moments when you will not wear a mask such as while we eat, swim, on the adventure high ropes course. But we want to make sure we are safe and healthy for everyone, following the love and care of Jesus in our lives at this time. The camp is operating based completely on the DAY CAMPS GUIDELINES of the RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 4: REVITALIZATION PLAN APPLICABLE TO EACH REGION UPON TRANSITION TO PHASE IV.

Q: Will we be able to fish at camp?

Yes, but we will be making use of our own fishing supplies so if you have your own please bring them.

Q: Will we be able to swim and use the blob and pond zipline? 

Swimming will be allowed as long as social distancing is maintained. Both the blob and the pond zipline will be used.

Q: Will the Game Barn (carpet ball, skee ball, pop-a-shot) and archery be available? 

Yes, the game barn and archery course will be used but arranged so that participants in the different activities are always six feet apart (or as much as possible), and if necessary, then participants will need to wear a mask if next to each other. NOTE – the GAGA Ball Pit will not be in use during the day.

Q: Will I be able to fill my own water bottles or will throw-away water bottles be provided throughout the day? 

There will be monitored water filling stations, with a camp staff person or leader who will fill the bottles (sanitizing hands between each bottle fill). There will also be throw-away water bottles available as needed.

Q: Can I use the Poplar and Pinetree restrooms during the day? 

Yes, but not Stafford Chapel and there will be specific entrances and exits for the restrooms.

Q: Will there be snacks for the day? 

Yes. They will be individually wrapped and provided by Trinity. Please do not bring your own snack unless you have a dietary restriction that is noted on your registration.

Youth Ministry

Jubilation! Leadership

Trinity’s youth provide leadership assistance with the Jubilation Sunday Children’s Ministry. High school youth serve as apprentice leaders with 4-12 years old children. Junior Confirmation students lead the closing prayer each week. Both these groups of youth also share the love of Jesus with their presence with the kids at the Jubilation opening time each week.

Junior High JaM (Jesus and Me)

Youth in 6th-8th grades and their friends meet from 6-8 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month during the school year for a time of fellowship, devotional study and worship, play and refreshments. In addition, Trinity participates in the Central Illinois District (LCMS) JH Lockin (typically on the 2nd Friday in November).

Junior High Camp

Held annually at Great Oaks Camp in Lacon, Illinois, the Sunday-Wednesday camp invites youth going into 6th-8th grades in the fall (after camp) to participate and friends are always invited! High school youth (going into 9-12th grades) are invited to serve as youth leaders for the camp. A variety of activities take place including Bible study and worship, group building initiatives, high ropes experiences, hiking and fishing, a service project, free time and just an all-around great time with friends in the middle of summer.

High School Refuge & Celebrations

Refuge invites freshmen through senior youth to hang out monthly at various homes during the school year for food, time for good play and conversation, and creative devotions. Friends are always invited. Celebrations are times to play either at Trinity or in the Peoria-area.  

All-Youth Christmas Party

Each December 6th-12th grade youth and friends gather with other Peoria-area churches’ youth and adults for a movie and pizza party at Landmark Theater (Peoria) and then a time of play and Christmas worship at Concordia Lutheran School (Peoria).

National Youth Gathering

The major trip happens every three years with the 2022 gathering set for in Houston, Texas. Go to lcmsgathering.com for more information.

For more information about Trinity’s youth ministry contact DCE Scott Rauch (scottmrauch@gmail.com) or Pastor Matthew Synnott (synnott.matthew@gmail.com).