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JOY Camp welcomes fifth-graders through high schoolers

Posted: April 25 2024 at 06:30 AM
Author: Payton Keithley, JOY Camp co-director

Young people starting fifth grade through newly graduated high-school students can participate in JOY Camp, June 23-29, a popular camp annually at Camp Reynoldswood, Dixon, IL. All are welcome, regardless of where they are in their journey of faith. 

The camp delivers the message of God’s love through fun, fellowship, nature, scripture, and worship. Its theme, “Jesus, Others, and Yourself,” helps guide young Christians in their walk with Jesus Christ. Each year, the camp alternates its focus on one of the JOY aspects of faith. This is an “Others” year.  

Camp Reynoldswood features 170 acres of woods and meadows. With this much space, there is always plenty to do! Activities include canoeing, swimming, volleyball, arts and crafts, team building, and a talent show.  

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A typical day begins with a buffet-style breakfast, followed by morning worship led by a talented worship team. The rest of the morning is packed with exciting outdoor activities and a core Bible lesson tailored to campers’ specific age groups. Another short worship time follows lunch, leading into an afternoon of even more fun. After dinner, there is a final “all camp” worship service and evening activities around a campfire. 

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Every one of JOY Camp’s counselors and directors are passionately committed to the development of young Christians and those who are seeking to know the Lord better. They strive to make JOY Camp a safe space for young people to explore their faith, ask tough questions, and learn what it means to live in Christian fellowship with others. 

Registration for JOY Camp is currently open. The fee is $590; discounts are available for those who register by June 1 and sibling campers. If you have questions, contact the camp leader at

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