Every year at the beginning of July, we join the International Baptist Convention (IBC) in planning and running Euroventure, an international summer camp for teens (age 12 - 19) from 19 countries around the world, all convening in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Participants at Euroventure include students from U.S Military bases, missionary families, overseas corporate business families, church youth groups, and their friends. Along with hiking the gorgeous Swiss Alps, canyoning, and other fun activities planned throughout the week, students experience spiritual growth through breakout sessions, worship, and time alone with God.
Euroventure Camp, held July 8-13, 2017, went on record as one of the largest attended camps in International Baptist Convention (IBC) history.
Euroventure is a weeklong, high-impact, student summer camp sponsored by the IBC and held in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Students (aged 12-18) attend the English-speaking Euroventure Camp from countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Participants in Euroventure vary from US military kids, US diplomat kids, missionary kids, NGO kids, overseas corporate business kids, nationals, church youth groups and their friends. The International Baptist Convention (IBC) is a fellowship of 65 English-language churches and church plants in 25 countries whose members represent more than 140 countries.
We maxed out the youth hostel with over 280 registrants and shuffled our leaders through several lodging moves in order the accommodate the number of European campers. We had 38 university students and adults from the United States who enthusiastically demonstrated their roles as servants, soldiers, spark plugs and soul winners in the areas of Bible Study, recreation, topical workshops, worship, and as team leaders. Eleven members of the US team were from FBMaryville. The US team arrived a few days before camp to train, study, and prepare for the 6-day camp.
This year’s camp represented 15 countries (Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States) and many more nationalities. We were excited and blessed to witness 32 young students accept Christ into their lives and many other decisions of reformation and spiritual growth. The camp theme—“REFORMED”—celebrated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses by seeing young lives reformed and transformed into born again lives.