ACU Leadership Camps draw kids
for learning, service, fun

For immediate release
June 13, 2001

Tom Craig, (915) 674-2692
Sheila Hilton, (915) 674-2646
Nancy Coburn, (915) 674-2932

With two summer camps running concurrently every week through June and July on Abilene Christian University's campus, more than 250 young people will be buzzing across campus and in the community each week during these two months.

The Leadership Development division of ACU's Campus Life Department coordinates four camps:

• KidQuest for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders - KidQuest is a day camp emphasizing discovery, active learning and expressive play through energetic, God-seeking experiences.

• Learning to Lead for 4th, 5th and 6th graders - At Learning to Lead 2001, the story of God's people rediscovering Him and His law is designed to inspire this generation of young believers.

• MPulse for 7th, 8th and 9th graders - MPulse 2001 has been designed to help middle schoolers discover, God's mission for people and how to serve as one of God's ambassadors.

• Kadesh for high schoolers - Kadesh is designed to be one of the most challenging, faith-building camps in the country for young people. Kadesh addresses real issues for young people who are seeking God. "Kadesh is faith coming alive in the hearts of a generation at the turning point of their spiritual journey," said Bob Strader, camp co-director.

This week, June 10-15, 155 4th, 5th and 6th graders are on campus for Learning to Lead and 205 middle schoolers are on campus for MPulse, said Jan Meyer, camp co-director. Learning to Lead activities are focused on campus. MPulse activities include site visits to several different Abilene service organizations so MPulse participants can learn what kinds of organizations exist to help people and how they operate.

MPulse site visit locations include Disability Resources, Inc., Christian Homes of Abilene, KGNZ radio, Ben Richey Boys Ranch and Herald of Truth.

Next week, June 17-23, Kadesh campers come to campus, then go into the Abilene community for interactive service projects. Younger KidQuest campers will be on campus June 18-22.

"Kadesh campers make a positive difference in the community," said Nancy Coburn, director of ACU's Volunteer and Service Learning Center. "Their camp experience is very interactive. They learn while serving others."

On various days next week Kadesh campers will be volunteering at these locations:

Boys & Girls Club

Mesa Springs Healthcare Center

Mesa Springs Retirement Village

Minda Street Child Development Center

Center for Contemporary Arts

Parents Anonymous

Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center

Mesa Springs Retirement Village

Colonial Apartment Ministry

Love & Care Ministry

Abilene Adult Day Care

Sears Heritage Place

Adult Protective Services

WACU Museum

Spring Season

Glo Day Care

Northern Oaks Nursing Home

Medical Care Mission

Day Nursery of Abilene

Ben Richey Boys Ranch

The Salvation Army

Habitat for Humanity

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Abilene State School

Covenant Place of Abilene

(Contact Nancy Coburn directly for specific dates and times Kadesh campers will be at service locations.)

Meyer said the mission of ACU Leadership Camps is to inspire Christian commitment and action in the hearts and minds of a generation of youth to impact the world with the message of God's love & redemption ... "one camper at a time!"

Spaces for participants in ACU Leadership Camps fill up months in advance of the summer camp dates. Registration for 2002 camps will begin start in January 2002. For more information about ACU Leadership Camps, go to



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