What is it?
Boot Camp is a primitive, ten-day training camp to be held at Karakariki Christian Camp just out of Hamilton, New Zealand. It is designed to acquaint young people with conditions and customs on the mission field. Teens and leaders get up early and work hard all day. Classes include construction, puppets, Bible memory, music and evangelism. It is held just prior to the teams heading overseas to their team projects.
A timed obstacle course with a rope swing over a moat, Wilderness Wonderings, Elijah’s Chariot, Jacob’s Ladder and finally a four meter wall, help unify each team and teach team members how to work together. Boot Camp is not all work though, as young people learn to trust God for every part of their lives in the morning Bible Hour classes, the evening rallies and the daily devotions and team prayer times. Boot Camp climaxes with a Commissioning Service as teams depart for the fields of service.
Team members are supervised and led by adult leaders who have been screened and trained by Teen Missions. Leaders maintain discipline and encourage their young people to become all God wants them to be.