2021 English Bible Camps and
Life & Adventure Teen Retreats

(Note: 2021 camp locations and dates are approximate, based on the 2020 schedule.)

Fun & Interactive

Highly Relational

Conversational English

Focused on the Gospel!

Summer Missions Teams
Each summer, SON takes teams made up of Christians seeking to grow in their walk with the Lord by stepping out in Faith as Christ commanded in the words of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). To help decide which type of camp fits your gifts, the following general descriptions are provided:

SON English Bible Camps
SON English Bible Camps are similar in nature to a North American style Vacation Bible School (VBS). The theme for 2020 is the Life of Joshua – Courage in the Lord. These are five-day camps (Monday through Friday) with students arriving around 9:00 am for an opening worship session and introduction of the theme of the day. The remainder of the day is segmented with fun and interactive English sessions, and rotations of sports, crafts, and music. The day ends around 2:30 with a closing session. On Friday, students will present a short skit to show friends and families what they have learned during the week or will participate in a camp picnic to celebrate a week of a new relationship with their North American teachers and Jesus Christ.

SON Life and Adventure Retreats
SON Life and Adventure Retreats are similar to North American youth retreats. The 2020 theme is Who Am I? – My Identity as a Child of God. These are typically 5 to 6-day residential camps beginning on Saturday afternoon and ending on Thursday evening. Students meet each morning for an opening session that presents the topic for the day followed by one to two intensive small group sessions where teens are presented with ways to discuss things that concern young people (self-esteem, relationships, addiction, etc.) from a Biblical perspective. Activities to break up the day are provided for students (water games, hiking, high ropes, crafts). Leaders are encouraged to participate! Evening sessions are reserved for intentional worship, testimonies, and opportunities for prayer and an invitation to know Jesus Christ more fully.

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2021 Short-Term Trips

Ukraine

June 3-14 | 1 English Bible Camp

This English Bible Camp takes place in a rural public school in the village of Petrodolina (about 22 miles from Odesa). Typically one of the largest of our summer camps, 120+ students from neighboring villages come to practice their English with native speakers, and most will hear the Gospel for the first time. In a nation where alcoholism, divorce, drugs, prostitution and abortion are rampant, your participation can truly make a difference in the life of one of these precious students.

Location: Odesa Region
Costs: $1025 + International Airfare

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Latvia

June 3 - 21 | 1 English Bible Camp/1 Life and Adventure Teen Camp

These camps are headquartered in Saldus, Latvia (about 75 miles from Riga). Team lodging is at Saint Gregors Christian Education Center in Saldus. Week one is an English Bible Camp at nearby Striki School. Week two transitions to a Life and Adventure Camp. Students will be staying with the team at Saint Gregors, providing a unique opportunity for forming deeper relationships and helping to answer tough questions that all young people experience. This can be particularly important in Latvia as there is a high rate of paganism and students often have no knowledge of the Love and Hope that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. *Note: If you are unable to serve for both camps, single camp options are available.

Location: Saldus
Costs: $1425 + International Airfare

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Albania

June 17 - July 5 | 2 English Bible Camps

Location is Peshkopi, Albania – a beautiful mountain village near the North Macedonia border (about a 4 hour drive from the capital city of Tirana). The camps in Albania are designed in conjunction with the local ministry partner. This is important for the context of working with the culturally Muslim culture in Albania (people who identify themselves as Muslim, but are not practicing). This year, the team will be taking students from the Creation through the Resurrection. Weeks one and two will follow the same curriculum, but with different students each week. Due to an American military protection through several conflicts, Albanians are very welcoming of Americans. This spiritual and cultural openness creates an extraordinary opportunity to share Faith in Jesus Christ.

Location: Peshkopi
Costs: $1425 + International Airfare

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Slovakia

July 1 - 19 | 2 English Bible Camps

The word Slava means Glory and Slovakia is truly a glorious country! In this setting, the team begins camp one in the village of Vranov. Historically, about 110 students participate in this VBS style camp. Week two is set in Batizovce, where the team will teach the same curriculum. Each year, we receive requests from new Lutheran churches in Slovakia asking for a SON Camp in their area. Our only obstacle is having enough team members to serve! *Note: If you are unable to serve for both camps, a single camp option is available.

Location: Batizovce
Costs: $1,425 + International Airfare

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Slovakia (Teens)

July 1 - 19 | 1 English Bible Camp/1 Life and Adventure Teen Retreat

Set in two beautiful locations, week one will be an English Bible Camp in Ruzomberok. This camp is for 8-12 year olds who want to practice their English with native speakers and who will hear (many for the first time) of the Hope and Love that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. For week two, the team will move to the beautiful mountain village of Sipkova, where we will begin our teen retreat. Due to the reserved culture, most young people have never engaged in deep spiritual conversation. However, they respond quickly to American team members and are very open to an understanding that there is a Father in Heaven who loves them and brothers and sisters in Christ who will walk alongside them on their journey of Faith.

Location: Ruzomberok
Costs: $1,425 + International Airfare

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Russia

July 15 - 26 | 1 English Life Retreat

Set at a Christian Campground and Retreat Center near Petrozavodsk, Russia, this English Life Retreat uses the same curriculum as the SON Life and Adventure Retreat. Students will arrive on Sunday evening and the official program will begin Monday morning. The curriculum is designed to help students tackle the tough questions that all young people experience but from a Biblical (rather than a secular) perspective. This allows students to explore their relationship with God in a way that leads to true transformation and a life lived in Jesus Christ. In a culture that is rapidly re-introducing anti evangelism laws, it is more important than ever to share our Faith with these students.

Location: Petrozavodsk
Costs: $1,025 + $500 Visa Fee + International Airfare

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Estonia

August 6 - 17 | 1 Life Camp

The setting for this camp is at the Home of Hope in Tartu, Estonia. Once the most Lutheran of the baltic states, Estonia is now considered to be the most secular. So, missions and outreach are critical to re-introducing the Gospel to this country. This one week SON Life Camp will address the tough questions that all young people face from a Biblical perspective; allowing them to explore their relationship with God in a way that leads to true transformation and life lived in Jesus Christ.

Location: Tartu
Costs: $1,025 + International Airfare

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