Throughout 2020, 25 students will participate in one of two learning cohort groups that will create launch pads for racial reconciliation experiences, transformational discipleship and intercultural leadership.
- Attend the IGNITE Communities Winter Retreat for first gathering
- Meet 4 more times throughout the spring with their cohort in person and online
- Learn about racism and Christian responses to racism
- Learn leadership for building intercultural communities
- Attend Camp Transform at Pinelands Center
- Implement a group project that benefits a local community in Fall 2020
In-person gatherings during the spring will take place at the IGNITE Community Regional Gatherings at both Trinity UMC (Hackettstown) and Haddonfield UMC. The registration fee for Camp Transform is covered by this cohort.
If you have questions about this program or would like to talk to us about applying to volunteer, please contact our Camp Program Director, Ryan Clements, 732.859.0033.
About the Program:
Camp Transform Cohorts are designed to explore the possibilities and pitfalls of our multi-ethnic communities and provide opportunities for student-led racial reconciliation. The cohorts are led and guided by a planning team comprised of clergy and laity with diverse backgrounds from GNJ.
Throughout the year, the two cohorts (one meeting in North Jersey and the other in South Jersey) will grow through readings and small group discussions. In the summer, these cohorts will join other youth from around GNJ at Camp Transform, a week-long camp at the Pinelands Center campgrounds. The camp is designed to foster spiritual growth and racial understanding through Bible studies, teamwork and leadership challenges, formal and informal worship and the nurturing of a welcoming community.
The main goal of the week-long camp is for students to develop and plan their own fall project. This project will be a culmination of their small group work and may be an event, an activity or a program. Following camp, the two groups will each have four months and funds to implement their project.
All students will complete surveys throughout their experience. These surveys will continually gauge their self-awareness of and attitudes towards racial and social justice issues today, as well as their confidence and motivation toward creating and implementing change.
Funds for Camp Transform Cohorts have been made possible by a grant from the Discipleship Ministries’ 2020 Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns Grant Award Program.