Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

If you have a young child going to camp and an older child going on a trip, they might just talk about the same things in Bible study! An annual summer camp curriculum is developed around a specific theme. Outdoor ministries from across the country use the curriculum for the basis of their program throughout the summer. The materials include theme-related Bible studies, worship resources, and supplementary activities for five age-groups: lower and upper elementary, junior and senior high, and adult. Most curriculum packages will be delivered electronically via e-mail. Some curriculum materials are provided on a CD-ROM, reproducible for local use.

What are people saying about LOM Curriculum?

  • We are non-denominational and this is the best year of curriculum I can remember in my 6 years of camp ministry. Great work.
  • (We) Always purchase from LOM. We trust the curriculum to be theologically sound and ove the resources that are provided.
  • I find it very comforting to know that there is an ELCA theology based curriculum we can always use.  
  • Loved it.  "Living in God's Time" was our favorite theme from LOM in the last 10 years!

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Theme Verse:  "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you." (Isaiah 43:2)

Water is something that we come in contact with every day, and yet we often take it for granted.  We all need water to live our physical life and through this theme campers will discover that water is also the source of Christian spiritual life.  All campers, whether they are experiencing Vacation Bible school for the first time or they are on a week long backpacking adventure, will dive into Bible stories that shower them with a new awareness of how water and life are gifts from God.

New for 2017:

  • Theme related clip art for each day - use these as accents for your materials
  • Full Color Bible story art for each day!  Pages can be printed out or shown on a tablet for Bible study or projected on a screen for worship.  Each graphic is also available in a black and white version that can be printed and used as coloring sheets for young campers.

Multi-Site Discount: If you are an organization with more than one site, you must purchase the entire curriculum or the curriculum development bundle for each site. Pay full price for your first site and get a discount on your other sites.

 

"The Water of Life" Curriculum Products

 

The entire "The Water of Life' Curriculum:  This curriculum package includes: the Curriculum Development Bundle; complete Bible studies for Preschool, Lower Elementary/Day Camp, Upper Elementary, Junior High, High School & Adults; Large Group Worship, Small Group Devotions, Challenge Course Activities, Crafts, Environmental Activities, Games, and Graphics.  LOM member price: $325;  Regular price: $400

 

Curriculum Development Bundle:  Included in this bundle is the "How to use this resource," including organizing your program, "Week at a Glance," Making use of the curriculum, Nonviolence in the camp community, Back Home Activities, Hints for working with special needs campers, Introduction to the theme, and Biblical interpretation.  LOM member price: $50; Regular price: $75

 

Youth Ministry Bundle:  Included in this bundle is the Curriculum Development Bundle, Junior High Bible Study, Senior High Bible Study, Adult Bible Study, The Water of Life" Graphics.  Price: $120

 

Supplement Bundle:  Included in this bundle is the Large Group Worship, Small Group Devotions, Challenge Course Activities, Environmental Activities, Games, and "The Water of Life" Graphics.  Price: $140

 

VBS Package:  Get all you need to run your own Vacation Bible School program, without paying for pricy boxed sets!  The VBS Package includes:  Curriculum Development Bundle, Preschool Bible Study, Day Camp/Lower Elementary Bible Study, Upper Elementary Bible Study, The Water of Life” Crafts, The Water of Life” Games, The Water of Life" Graphics.  Price: $150

Past Year’s VBS Bundles:

Include Lower Elementary Bible study, Upper Elementary Bible Study, Crafts, Games, and Graphics.  Look at the descriptions below.  We have the following available:  The Jesus Way, A Love That Never Ends, Living in God's Time, Faith Alive, and Spiritlife!


The Jesus Way

 

Theme Verse: "Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us." --Ephesians 5:1-2

 

We are called to follow Jesus and live like him - which is not always easy.  We must be active disciples, watching Jesus, listening, learning, and of course, doing.  Jesus tells us that we must take up our cross and be followers of him through love and service.  In 2016, campers will learn to trust in God's promise as we feed, forgive, love, serve and pray... The Jesus Way.

  • Monday: Feeding
  • Tuesday: Forgiving
  • Wednesday: Loving the Neighbor
  • Thursday: Serving Humbly
  • Friday: Prayer

 


A Love that Never Ends

 

Theme Verse:  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."  --Deuteronomy 6:5

 

Loving God and loving others sounds simple, but living it out gets more complicated.   People of faith have often been called to do difficult things—to pack up and go when called, to speak difficult truths in challenging situations, to believe in God’s promises, and to love even our enemies.  Campers will learn about their calling to love God and others from people of the Old Testament who struggled to do the same.

 

  • Monday: God's covenant with Abraham
  • Tuesday: Water in the Wilderness
  • Wednesday: Ruth & Naomi
  • Thursday: Jonah & God
  • Friday:  Jeremiah's Call

Living in God's Time

Theme verse: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

At camp, time is holy - time set apart to live in intentional Christian community. Each day is structured around worship, Bible study, prayer, singing, having fun and sharing meals. This structure is in contrast to our everyday life, and gives campers the opportunity to refocus and participate in this expression of God’s kingdom. Just as time at camp may be marked differently - you may know that it is breakfast time when you hear the camp bell ring, for example - time is marked differently for Christians. In Jesus, we see God living among us and we learn of a different way of marking time as we learn about the story of Jesus through the church year. Living in God’s Time is not a way to escape time, but a way to live more fully and enter into it with the love of Christ. Each day at camp, we will focus on a different season of the church year, and explore that holy time, even in the midst of today’s culture.

Daily Themes and Stories

Day 1: Living in Advent - John the Baptist
Day 2: Living in Christmas - The birth of Jesus
Day 3: Living in Lent - The crucifixion of Jesus
Day 4: Living in Easter - The resurrection of Jesus
Day 5: Living in Pentecost - The Holy Spirit


Faith Alive!

Theme Verse: Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

"Faith Alive!" focuses on five traditional spiritual practices of the Christian tradition—Bible (study), worship, prayer, hospitality, and service—as entrées into the way of Jesus lived in the lives of his followers. These spiritual practices are also traditional components of a camper’s experience in an outdoor ministry setting – either at camp or in a church day camp setting.

A word about faith practices is in order. First, they are what they say they are, that is, practices. This implies that to be effective, they must be practiced—daily, consistently, purposefully. As with any practice, one goes through periods of boredom or a lack of initiative in the spiritual practices. This is normal. But if the practices are going to become a regular part of one’s routine and yield the fruit of renewal, it is important to keep at them even through the dry times. Second, a practice may be new to you and thus not second nature. At first, you may feel awkward engaging in the practice. This also is normal. But soon, as you participate daily, the practice will become second nature and a part of who you are. Soon you may find you feel empty when you miss your practice even one day. Finally, many of the spiritual practices are interrelated, that is, as you engage in one practice, you find yourself also engaging in another almost as a matter of course. That is certainly true in this study. It is simply impossible to engage in Bible study without a prayerful outlook and attitude. One cannot engage in service without studying what the tradition says about hospitality, and so forth. As stated above, one practice may well lead to another, which leads to another, which leads to another. Perhaps this is one reason faith practices hold out the promise of spiritual renewal.


Spiritlife

Theme Verse: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

The Spirit was present at creation. Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to be with his followers after his death. The Holy Spirit, he said, would remind them of who he was and would continue to teach them and guide them. After he died and was raised from death, Jesus came to the disciples, who were in fear behind locked doors. In that room where he found them, Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). As in the beginning God when created and enlivened the first human being by speaking and breathing, so by his breath and words, Jesus gave new life to a humanity recreated in his resurrection. Day by day the Holy Spirit continues with us. Our life is in the Spirit—it is Spiritlife.


Jesus Chooses Us

Theme Verse: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

The Spirit was present at creation. Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to be with his followers after his death. The Holy Spirit, he said, would remind them of who he was and would continue to teach them and guide them. After he died and was raised from death, Jesus came to the disciples, who were in fear behind locked doors. In that room where he found them, Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). As in the beginning God when created and enlivened the first human being by speaking and breathing, so by his breath and words, Jesus gave new life to a humanity recreated in his resurrection. Day by day the Holy Spirit continues with us. Our life is in the Spirit—it is Spiritlife.


Keeping the Earth

Theme Verse: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” Romans 8:19

Even in the midst of sometimes huge environmental challenges in our world, we can begin to view “creation's eager longing” as a gracious invitation from our God. And we know that when God calls, God also supplies what we need, to fulfill that call. We are being invited to know ourselves more deeply, as God's children. We are being invited to more truly understand our place in God's world. We are being invited to go forth more hopeful, and inspired, to look for ways to “green” our homes and our congregations and more faithfully care for creation.