By: Hannah Jackson
Madeline eagerly adjusts her grip on the bow as she situates the arrow and sets her eyes on the target. She positions herself into a confident stance as she pulls the arrow back. Breathe in. Breathe out. Release. The arrow nestles into the target, not entirely close to the bulls-eye, but not too shabby. Looking around, the new friends Madeline has made in cabin are all going through similar motions as they practice archery, most for the first time. Madeline refocuses and resets her position. She pulls and releases over and over until a huge smile fills her face. There it is- the arrow snuggling resting right in the center of the target.
“It made me feel pretty proud to hit the target,” Madeline said. “Archery was challenging to try, but I was trying my best and learning from others to see how they do it. I had a lot of fun practicing and getting better at it as I went.”
Camp Cho-Yeh provides the opportunity for students to experience a lot of new things. Archery is just one of the many outdoor adventures campers have the opportunity to try. Both first-time and returning campers have a lot of fun on favorites such as high ropes adventure park, giant swing, Lake Evelyn, wet bubble, and jumping pillow. But more than that, each year a camper returns they get to experience God in new ways and grow in their faith. Cho-Yeh is a place where Jesus Christ transforms lives through meaningful relationships and outdoor adventures. Madeline is just one camper who will tell you about her increased confidence and new biblical understanding after spending a week away from home.
“My parents wanted my brother and I to go to camp, but we would not have been able to experience camp if not for someone donating money, and I am so thankful,” Madeline said. “I had so much fun trying new things and learning about who God is. If I had the chance to meet the person who granted me this week, I would tell that person thank you, and write them a note thanking them too.”
Camp Cho-Yeh’s Scholarship program awards over $300,000 in tuition assistance each year. With a strong vision of building the next generation of Christian leaders, Cho-Yeh is thankful for ministry partners who come alongside to allow children of all financial backgrounds to experience Camp.