Learning by doing. It’s a theory you’ve probably heard before – in the classroom, the kitchen, the gym, or any place where personal growth happens. Essentially, it says that experience is the best teacher, and at Camp Eagle, we couldn’t agree more.
Over the years we’ve observed that campers recall 90% of what they do and 10% of what they hear, so we’ve made it our teaching philosophy, a.k.a. the 90/10 Rule.
This means we make a big deal out of “doing” – getting kids outdoors, out of their comfort zones, away from screens and memes – to present the same Biblical truths you’ve been teaching them at home, in a brand new way.
Alongside leaders and friends, on the trail, around the campfire, or in the middle of a mud pit, those “ah-ha” moments are sure to be had. It may sound silly, but it’s truly quite profound.
For many, it’s here at Camp Eagle where the implications of God’s love will “click” for the first time. For others, a renewed desire for following Jesus is expressed, and for everyone, meaningful memories and friendships are made. The impacts of camp are immeasurable and unique to each individual.
What We Do
At Camp Eagle, we use high-adventure activities, thought-provoking games, and team-building challenges to bring the Scriptures to life. Our counselors and staff are naturals at integrating God’s word into all they do – because it’s how they live each day!
Together, we sing, dance, hike, climb, and kayak, keeping the gospel in mind as we go. We pause for rest, too, but even then, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and our Creator. To sum it up, we have fun… with a purpose.
How We Do It
Experiential learning happens all over our map – not just on the high-adventure elements. Here’s an example of the 90/10 Rule at work during our Evening Experience at Group Camp:
- Imagine your camper and their group playing a game of GIANT Jenga, where each block is labeled with a different Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- As the blocks are removed, one by one, and the tower begins to teeter and fall, the group will learn how the body of Christ is strongest when each member is present, contributing the fruits of their faith and building one another up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
It’s a simple, yet effective way to amplify God’s word, and it’s something your camper can easily remember and talk about at home.
Why We Do It
All the “whats” and “hows” aside, at the heart of everything we do is our WHY.
Our mission at Camp Eagle is to inspire Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and Biblical truth.