Benefits to the Camper:
the Ezra Journal is a tool for campers to evaluate, think, learn, and write their own biblical principles; campers are challenged to think about
what they believe and how to make practical application in their lives; it’s an opportunity to be around other cream-of-the-crop young people who want to
do right; personal evaluation time gives campers a good starting point for areas to work on; veteran Ezra Retreat campers have a separate track of sessions
that deal with specific topics including discernment, fruits of the spirit, responsibility, and service principles; each retreat will challenge campers to
deepen their relationship with God and work on their leadership skills from a biblical perspective.
Benefits to the Church/School:
on the last evening of the retreat, each group gets together to talk about how they can better serve, often sharing and brainstorming for over an hour
about how to be better servants when they return home; excellent challenge and stretching time for young people who want to do right—it is easy to concentrate
on the ones who have obvious needs and overlook this group of teens who are not causing problems but have some of the greatest potential for learning;
young people are challenged to know what they believe and where it is found in the Bible; the Ezra Retreat works well with a school group—pick the few
who really want to do right.
campfire on Friday night is a special time of sharing what God has taught; quiet time on Friday morning allows campers to write in their Ezra Journal; Ezra
isn't an activity-intensive retreat but rather a time to allow campers to reflect on the past year and make goals for the next year.