Experiencing nature is more than just being outside. It's not just about the birds or the breeze or the beauty. There’s something about creation that connects us with the Creator. Paul alludes to this in Romans 1 when he describes how nature draws us into God’s presence. The Message Bible paraphrases it this way, “Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.”
At South Mountain Christian Camp, we’re always looking for new, creative ways to give people an opportunity to experience God through His creation. In addition to our group activities (summer camp, school field trips, ropes course and weekend retreats) we also make this property available to individuals and families for a variety of activities which are open to the public.
In just the past week we’ve had dozens of individuals here to fish in our lake, play our disc golf course, run or walk on our 5k jogging trail, and even take engagement photos on the Camp. In every case, these individuals are outdoors in nature and, according to the scripture, experiencing clear evidence of our loving God.
Many believers will share with us how they can sense the Spirit of God in this place. The funny thing is, many unbelievers will surmise the same thing (although they don’t quite know how to articulate it) when they comment how peaceful it is to be on the Camp. They are experiencing God through His creation. And, even though they can’t quite put it into words yet, they keep coming back to experience Him again and again.
These experiences are made possible because years ago God set aside this piece of property for His divine purpose. We don't take that lightly. Through His guidance, and the support of many individuals, we are able to continually offer South Mountain Christian Camp as a "spiritual oasis" where people can connect with God.