Summer Camp memories are among the greatest for the children we serve in Romania. At camp they spend an unforgettable week with teams, staff and volunteers. For many, this is the one week of the year that they can escape the uneventful world of their group home or experience a brighter, more cheerful place than conditions in their village. For many this is the only time they truly feel safe, loved and free to just be kids!
Our staff is always looking for open doors to share God’s love and plan for their lives with these children. During camp each summer, these doors swing wide open and Christ’s love and truth from God’s word are shared openly. Camp is the only place that we are completely free to share the gospel and the love of Christ openly with many children in state care.
In Town Camp (Nazna Gym)
In Town Day Camps run throughout the summer with the help of our summer interns and short term mission teams. The in-town camp options range from Vacation Bible School style camps that teach Bible stories and themes in creative ways through stories, crafts and games combined with outings in town, to all day Sports Camps that teach teamwork, communication skills and good sportsmanship. The last day usually involves a field trip that broadens the horizons of the campers and also allows them to make special, positive memories that last forever.
Our Volunteers and Short Term Missionaries Love Summer Camp
In March 2007, we purchased a beautiful piece of property on the edge of a village called Vetca (pronounced Vets – ka). This camp property is only 45 minutes outside of Targu Mures. From March to June, a flood of activity filled the Vetca property erecting fences, digging wells, building buildings and more. Under the leadership of The Coles, with the help of several construction teams and with gifts from Great Britain, Canada and the United States…God worked in amazing ways to bring Vetca from an open field to a camp ready to host hundreds of children and teens starting the summer of 2007. Camp Vetca has been running strong every summer since.
Camp is a whole lot of fun… with crafts, outdoor recreation, American & European teams loving on them, tree climbs, a zip line, story time, Bible memory verses, team competitions, fun times with staff that invest in them throughout the year and more.
We have no doubt that the children and teams will continue to LOVE camping out in the M*A*S*H style tents and having club time in the BIG TOP TENT! This is a true “camping” experience, and we anticipate many more wonderful summers at CAMP VETCA!