ABOUT US & OUR PROGRAM GOALS
Camp MoVal, nestled amid rolling hills a few miles west of Union, Mo., is a Camp and Retreat Center operated by the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. As an outdoor ministries and worship experience, we provide a safe, sacred space where all guests feel welcome.
 
Camp MoVal’s Outdoor Ministry Programs serve hundreds of campers and their families through extensive summer camp programs. We also serve as a site for additional Missouri Mid-South Conference programs throughout the spring and fall. The 2015 Summer Camp season is packed with multiple programs for all ages.
 
Camp MoVal is located on 280 acres that includes beautiful forest, native prairie, streams and a lake. Facilities include a dining and meeting hall, four lakeside cabins, two retreat lodges, two rustic camping villages, high and low ropes courses, a boat and fishing dock, game and archery fields, hiking trails, and more. Come and explore, retreat and relax, and let the Camp MoVal staff assist your church, family, school or organization with your next camp or retreat program.
  
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    Assist each camper in his/her own spiritual growth and development.
    Spiritual Growth
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    Help each camper appreciate their natural surroundings, conserve, and protect the environment.
    Creation
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    Provide experience for each camper to set goals and challenge him/herself while discovering new skills and abilities.
    Discovery
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    Provide opportunities for each camper to live and participate in group living and be part of a healthy, active community
    Community
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MoVal Meditation

Provided by Jeremy Force: Director of Outdoor Ministry

Deep Water : Luke 5:1-11

Prayer

As we continue on our journey of “Fearless Faith”, I want to challenge us to try to go into our faith deeper, to maybe dig into some new territory, or maybe to challenge ourselves in a different way. This devotions scripture is from the gospel of Luke 5:1-11. Take a few minutes to read the scripture and pay particular attention to verses 4-7.

In this story, Jesus is standing on the shore by a lake when people show up all around him to hear what he has to say. There just happened to be a few fishing boats by the shore and he hopped into one of the boats and put out a little ways and taught from the boat. When he finished, he told Simon to go into the deep water and drop your nets. Simon simply explained they had been out all night and had not caught a single fish, but “at your word, I will lower my nets”. When Simon lowered his nets, he had so many fish, their nets were tearing, and they had to get help to bring all of the fish ashore.

How many times in our lives have we felt like Simon Peter? We have worked hard all day, picked up the kids, ran errands, made dinner, did the laundry and end up feeling like we never get anything accomplished. Then on top of all of that, we are asked to help others, to give a little more, to try just one more thing.  In some ways, it seems like too much. In or with faith, we know if God is asking just like Jesus did to Simon, just go ahead and try one more time, or over here, or just a little more, you will be asking your friends to come give you a hand with the abundant blessing God has given to you for your faith.

It is so hard to reach out in our faith, to be fearless when God says, “Go into the deep water, the deep place”, but by doing so we can see what God can accomplish with us and through us. I would encourage each of us to continue to listen to what God is calling us to do and like Simon, even if we feel like we have tried everything, reach out and have Fearless Faith.
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God, help us to be more open and loving. We know that you love each one of us, regardless of what life has put before us. Please help us to be accepting and welcoming to all. Amen
Upcoming Events
  1. New Counselor Training II
    May 7
    New Counselor Training II
    This training is for new counselors or for counselors who did not counsel in the summer of 2015. 9am-5pm
  2. New Counselor Training III
    May 14
    New Counselor Training III
    This training is for new counselors or for counselors who did not counsel in the summer of 2015. 9am-5pm
  3. Youth Leaders Turn Youth
    May 12th
    Youth Leaders Turn Youth
    Calling all Youth Leaders! Come May 12, 9am-2pm to play at camp for free. Lunch and all activities included! RSVP with camp office.
Resources
American Camp Association
Outdoor Ministries Association
United Church of Christ
Missouri Mid-South Conference
United Church of Christ
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