2016 Teen Camp Dates

Pinecrest, MO       - June 24- July 1
Cotubic, OH          - June 26-July 3
Woodmen, AL       - June 26-July 3
Hye Sierra, CA      - June 26-July 3
Northwest, OR      - July 24-July 31
Winter Camp, WI  - Dec. 25-Jan. 1, 2017

2016 Preteen Camps

Tomahawk, TN             - June 5-8
Colorado, CO               - June 5-8
Piney Woods, TX          - July 10-13
Seven Mountains, PA    - Aug 8-11
Ironwood, MN              - July 17-20
Buckeye, OH               - July 31-Aug 3
Northwest, OR             - Aug 2-5
Southwest Winter, AZ   - Dec 2016


"The mission of the United Youth Camps program is to support parents and the Church in teaching youth to develop their full godly potential – which is their calling into the Body of Jesus Christ and the work of the Church – while learning that God's spiritual laws are practical ways of living (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 & 11:19-20; Psalm 34:11; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). Within our mission are contained camper goals, staff objectives, biblical standards and a positive message to our teens that God’s ways work!"

2016 Teen Camp Dates

Camp Pinecrest, MO June 24-July 1 (staff arrives June 23)
Camp Cotubic, OH June 26-July 3 (staff arrives June 25)
Camp Woodmen, AL June 26-July 3 (staff arrives June 25)
Camp Hye Sierra, CA June 26-July 3 (staff arrives June 24)
Northwest Camp, OR July 24-July 31 (staff arrives July 23, counseling staff July 22)

(We apologize for overlaps in 2016 but with a late Pentecost we moved Camp Cotubic forward a week. Other overlaps were created by the host camps offering these dates to us.)

The Seven Elements of The Zone

The Seven Elements of "The Zone"

“The Zone” is the environment in which God changes peoples’ lives. It reflects the coming Kingdom of God on this earth during the rule of Jesus Christ as King of Kings. Learning about God and developing a closer relationship with Him is the goal. Camp is like a pre-millennial environment where put-downs are not allowed and where there is respect for others. “The Zone” is based on the Laws of God in action – love toward God and love toward people. God’s way of life is lived at Camp and it works!

• teaches God's value of rejoicing
• makes life enjoyable by easing stress
• is a key to building friendships
• creates a positive frame of mind more open to learning - it is the "carrot on the stick"

• helps people discover their abilities
• creates a "can do" attitude
• teaches how to think and analyze
• teaches how to persevere
• helps teach how to make right choices
• develops closer relationships with others who share the challenge
• pushes to continue learning and trying
• makes rewards more valuable

• builds right kind of self-esteem
• creates a positive frame of mind
• makes one want to do more
• success breeds success
• tears down fears
• creates an encouraging atmosphere
• generates creative, solution-oriented thinking
• creates team effort by teaching one cannot succeed in some things without others

• teaches how to respond to another's needs
• creates a "safe" environment
• builds good listening skills
• builds empathy and compassion
• builds patience
• takes time and communication, thus building relationships
• teaches how to respond to another's needs
• creates a "safe" environment
• builds good listening skills
• builds empathy and compassion

• reinforces idea that each one is part of the team or family
• prohibits put-downs, criticisms
• models God's thinking - "no respecter of persons"
• helps everyone know they are loved
• defuses competition for attention
• created openness

• creates the boundaries everyone needs
• prevents chaos
• teaches the need to have reasons for rules
• instills a sense of security
• teaches how life operates smoothly

• with parents, it helps children understand the right relationship with God
• builds love for one another
• instills loyalty
• helps with problem solving
• teaches how to respect others
• teaches how to earn respect from others
• helps build natural relationships with others and God

Deuteronomy 6:5, 7: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength… You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Psalm 34:11: Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Malachi 2:15: …He seeks godly offspring…

1 Corinthians 7:14: …but now [your children] are holy.

Ephesians 6:4: bring [your children] up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

2015 Camp Shirt Design Contest


Do you want to see your artwork printed on hundreds of shirts?  This year we want you to design the 2015 UYC camper shirts! The submitted design can be hand drawn or computer designed in any format.  The deadline for submission is April 1, 2015.  

A 50% scholarship will be offered for a 2015 camp if the winner is a camper.  The winning artist will also be featured in a future United News publication and their artwork printed on all 2015 camper shirts!

One of your designs will be chosen! It's time to get creative! 

Design Requirements

  • Artwork should be designed to fit on the entire chest of the camper shirt (see any 2013 or 2014 UYC camper shirt for an example).
  • Design should contain the UYC logo.
  • Design should contain the phrase "United Youth Camps".
  • The 2015 camp theme is "Be Like Your Heavenly Father"; its use is not required.
  • Use no more than two colors in your design.
  • Avoid using the year (2015) in your design.
  • Resubmissions from the 2014 Design Contest are allowed.
  • The winning design will belong solely to the United Church of God and may be used for any purpose (not just on United Youth Camps T-shirts).
  • The winning design must be original. It cannot be a copy of someone else’s work, including trade or service marks or "stock" designs.
  • The Church reserves the right to modify or improve on the winning design as it deems appropriate or necessary.

Conditions and Release

Artist must be between the ages of 13-25 and a current or past camper or staff at a UYC teen camp. One submission per person. Artist must be regularly attending the United Church of God. The winning artist will be featured in a future United News publication, in Church-sponsored social media, and their artwork (if practical and permissible) printed on the 2015 (or other future) camper shirts and/or other UYC items. A complete entry includes both the signed Submission Form and Artwork. Upon receipt, artwork becomes the sole property of the United Church of God.


  1. Complete the Submission Form.
  2. Both the Submission Form and original artwork should be emailed to ed_dowd@ucg.org.
  3. The deadline for all submissions is April 1, 2015.

I have more questions. who should I contact?

If you have any questions about the 2015 United Youth Camps Shirt Design Contest, please contact Ed Dowd at ed_dowd@ucg.org.



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