With the incredible advances in technology today, we are encountering a phenomenon where gaining access to the world outside through portable devices has become readily available at the Manitoulin Bible Camp grounds.
There are indeed great benefits to these devices such as access to Bibles, concordances, lexicons and reference materials – but with these benefits come challenges that we do not need to elaborate on. Remarkably, even 4.4 kilometers (2.5 miles) back into the bush, instant internet access is very much possible, and cell phone coverage is also quite strong, so creating a focused environment with limited distractions for our young people becomes increasingly difficult to facilitate.
In an effort to have a measure of control over what our young people have access to during the week of Youth Camp we are requesting that iPods/iPads, tablets and cellular/smart phones (of all makes or models) are not sent up with children for the week of Youth Camp. We would ask that if these devices are used for Bible study, or as day to day Bibles, that for this one week they revert back to regular Bibles and study aids.
While we are sensitive to the fact that these devices may also serve as an important safety tool for the drive to/from the camp, we will be asking young people to turn in these devices to their counsellors upon arrival and they will be returned at the end of the week.
If you feel that for some reason communication throughout the week is absolutely necessary with your child, please feel free to contact one of the committee members and we can discuss how best to manage these situations.
We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your support in striving to preserve the spiritual benefits we enjoy at Youth Camp when immersed in the beauty of God’s creation with like-minded disciples seeking to learn more about Him and how we can honour His Name.