2021 English Bible Camps and
Life & Adventure Teen Retreats

Fun & Interactive

Highly Relational

Conversational English

Focused on the Gospel!

A Word About the 2021 Missions Season and COVID-19

SON Network is striving to stay up-to-date and informed about the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 and how it is affecting international travel from the U.S. and the implications on SON Summer Missions Teams. While some changes have already been made to the camps schedule (and are reflected, below) every reasonable attempt is being made to continue moving forward in hosting camps in many of our partner ministry countries. In addition to U.S. travel restrictions the the EU and non-EU countries are setting restrictions that may or may not allow for teams to travel to and serve in each country. There are also the countless details for moving, lodging, feeding and keeping teams safe in each country that will influence the final decisions for viability. For the June camps, final decisions will be made regarding their viability by April 30th 2021. For the July camps, by May 30th we will make final decisions regarding their viability. Please feel free to contact SON for any specific questions you may have!

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 2021 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 2021 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 02-21 | 2 English Bible Camps

These Bible Camps will take place in rural public schools in the villages of Yospivka (22 miles northwest from Odessa) and Bila Tserkva (56 miles south from Kiev). For Yospivka, students from neighboring villages come to practice their English with native speakers, and most will hear the Gospel for the first time. For Bila Tserkva, students with special needs and mobility issues will engage with the Gospel and learn how God has a calling and purpose for every person. 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.*Note: If you are unable to serve for both camps, single camp options are available.

Location: Odesa and Kiev Regions
Costs: $1525 + International Airfare

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Albania

June 16 - July 05 | 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: $1525 + International Airfare

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Slovakia

June 30 - July 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: Vranov and Batizovce
Costs: $1,525 + International Airfare

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Slovakia (Teens)

July 07 - July 19 | 1 Life and Adventure Teen Retreat

This Life & Adventure Teen Retreat will be set in the beautiful mountain village of Sipkova. Similar to a confirmation retreat in the U.S., Slovak students and the American/Slovak leadership team will engage in a wide variety of activities that give plenty of room and opportunities to explore what it means to be follower of Jesus Christ. 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: Sipkova
Costs: $1,225 + International Airfare

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Mongolia

July 21 - Aug 02 | 1 Life & Adventure Teen Retreat

Set at a retreat center near the high altitude city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. SON Life and Adventure Retreats are designed to help teenage 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. 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: Ulaanbaatar
Costs: $1,225 + International Airfare

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Estonia

August 04 - 16 | 1 Teen 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: $1,225 + International Airfare

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