Summer Youth Camp - Romans and Christians


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In this classic simulation game, youth learn what it means to stand up for one's faith and to totally trust God even in situations where they may face incredible adversity.

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Summer Youth Camp - Romans and Christians

  1. 1. Summer Youth Camp - Romans and Christians In this classic simulation game, youth learn what it means to stand up for one's faith and to totally trust God even in situations where they may face incredible adversity.
  2. 2. Optimal Group Size Minimum of 8 youth, preferably a larger group. (Depending on the size of the group leaders can take the roles as Romans and Angels) Game Venue Large facility with many rooms and lots of room for participants to run around.
  3. 3. Game Preparation As a pre-game brief, read the following scenario to the youth: “Everybody close your eyes. You are no longer at camp. You have been transported to the first century A.D., where disciples of Christ are being persecuted. You are a Christian, but you are facing opposition from the government. Anyone who publicly acknowledges that they are a Christian is condemned to be thrown to the lions. Guards wander the streets, interrogating common people in order to eliminate unwanted Christians. It is into this atmosphere that you will find yourself when you step out of this room.
  4. 4. Today is not an ordinary day, however. There is a secret gathering of Christians in a yet-to-be-disclosed location. Your goal is to find your way to the secret location and join your brothers and sisters in this secret “underground church” meeting. Along the way you may be approached by one of the guards, who will simply ask you, “Roman or Christian?” If you reply, “Roman,” you will not be held any longer and you will be sent on your way. If you reply, “Christian,” you will be taken to a holding cell to await your fate with the lions. Picture yourself in such a society. What will you do?
  5. 5. WHAT THE KIDS DON’T KNOW (but you do) 1. The location of the secret meeting (make sure it’s big enough for everybody) 2. Some of the guards (perhaps one out of five) are actually Christians and will not only set you free if you admit you are a Christian, but they will give you a hint as to where the secret meeting is.
  6. 6. 3. Some of those who stand up for their faith and are sent to the holding cell (early in the game) will be broken free by an amazing work of the Holy Spirit (angels come and hold the guards, allowing the prisoners to go free). Those who are caught much later in the game will not be released and will be told of their untimely demise at the hands of the lions (there were martyrs, you know).
  7. 7. OTHER NOTES: 1. There should be at least one guard for every 5 people or so, or nobody will ever get caught. 2. The secret meeting place needs to be hidden well enough that everybody won’t find it within five minutes. Once people find the secret church, they MAY NOT LEAVE to bring others in; it is simply too dangerous. 3. The larger the playing area, the better
  8. 8. Game Debrief This is the most important part of the entire game, and it must be done in a very sensitive way: 1. Some kids will have denied their faith and might feel bad about it. 2. Others will think it was no big deal to lie about not being a Christian so they could reach their goal. 3. Others might be afraid of what might happen to them if they stand up for their faith in real life.
  9. 9. The debrief is an opportunity for you to really reach the kids on what it means to stand up for one’s faith and to totally trust God even in situations where they may face incredible adversity.
  10. 10. Optional Conclusion In some places, peoples lives are in jeopardy today as Christians. Our lives may not be in jeopardy, but there are still pressures for us to deny our faith. If you admit you are a Christian, friends might ridicule you, You might not get that job promotion. You might be deemed as old fashioned and out of touch with today’s reality. The threats are more subtle and the consequences may seem less severe, but there are still pressures. Are you bold enough to stand up for your faith regardless of the circumstances?
  11. 11. Application What is one situation that if you face this week, you will commit to take a stand for Christ? Scripture Mark 13:9-13, 1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 Corinthians 16:13,
  12. 12. Bible Studies based on the book of Jonah Only. This youth camp curriculum was designed to teach the basic truths of obedience in addition to evangelism in the context of a Biblical character. The advantage of going through a book and looking at one man's story is that we see not only the teaching but the example. It becomes much more real! Camp Curriculum - Whale of a Tale -> Tell me about “Whale of a Tale”
  13. 13. Creative Youth Ideas Camp Bible Study Series “Who Do You Say that I AM?” -> Tell me about “Who Do You Say that I AM?” Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do others say that I am?" It was easy to answer because it required no conviction, no commitment, and no risk. But then he follows that question with another, "Who do YOU say that I am?"
  14. 14. Live the Fruitful, Abundant Life Jesus Promised. Great for youth camps or weekly Youth Bible Study. There are 7 Primary Bible study Sessions in the series. -> Tell me about “Fruit Of the Spirit” Creative Youth Ideas Youth Camp Bible Study Series “Fruit Of the Spirit”
  15. 15. "The Great Adventure" is western themed Bible study series loosely based around the song of the same name by Steven Curtis Chapman. It was initially written for a large Texas Church to use for their Summer Youth Camp but has since then proven popular around the world. Camp Curriculum - The Great Adventure -> Tell me about “The Great Adventure”