Each summer, Nashville Inner City Ministry conducts two weeks of Leadership Development Camp at Camp HyLake near McMinnville, TN. This is a much anticipated and appreciated event for adults and children alike.
Camp Hylake is a beautiful setting, far away from and far different than, the crowded city and communities that inner city youth are accustomed to living in. A week at Leadership Development Camp gives our students an opportunity to focus on their personal lives and on their individual growth as Christians.
Each cabin of young people is lead by a mentor (or mentors) that selects his or her group of campers from among the students they have been teaching and training throughout the year. In fact, within this one week, a mentor at camp will spend more time with their students than they will have spent with them the entire year in a weekly Bible class.
Our support staff personnel includes Kitchen, Crafts, Activities, Mini-camp, Waterfront, and Transportation, as well as a nurse. Each of these staff members encourages the mentoring relationship and provide activities, meals, and opportunities for our students to grow in their leadership abilities. The memories and learning experiences from these weeks at camp will last a lifetime. Daily themes are taught and reinforced in daily Bible classes, learning activities, praise and worship time, evening devotionals, meal-time devotional thoughts, mentoring times and other leadership training exercises.
In addition to the time spent on each day’s theme, campers and counselors fill their days with activities that include art and crafts, field activities (tug-a-war, kickball, softball, 3-ball, spiderball, human foosball, water balloon volleyball, volleyball, etc.) canoeing, paddleboating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. At night the campers are challenged and entertained with NICM’s version of several popular games shows including Deal Or No Deal, Match Game, Pyramid, and others.