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To provide an energetic camping environment that includes extreme sport and team activities with a focus on spiritual growth and development
Along with the camp director, music coordinator, and event coordinator, the staff is composed of students from Pensacola Christian College who’ve dedicated their summer to serving teens. Their main desire is to help campers grow in their relationship with Christ. Before camp begins, the students go through vigorous training in preparation for the arrival of the teens.
From the start of camp on Monday to the closing breakfast on Friday, the staff is alongside the teens, building relationships at every activity, meal, and during recreation time. They lead their team through competition game time and share the Word of God during nightly devotions. At least two staff members stay on every floor in the residence halls, making them available to meet campers’ needs 24/7.
Dr. Horton, the founder of Pensacola Christian College, started Camp o’ the Pines (a summer camp for elementary-age kids) in 1953. But he was burdened to help teens grow spiritually during the summer, too.
He wanted to give 7th–12th graders a summer camp—an affordable one—where they could learn about Christ and do what teens do best: have fun. And he thought the campus of Pensacola Christian College would be the perfect place.