Camp at UCYC is a time for games, fun, outdoors, connection with God, learning, communication, team building, laughter, worship, and fresh air. One thing it is not designed for is technology. Although WiFi is available at the camp (albeit sometimes with a stronger signal than others), it is not the main focus.
Why does this matter?
According to new research, digital anxiety has been linked to an increase in screen time and a decrease in interpersonal interactions (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/more-feeling/201712/can-t-fight-feeling-technology-and-teen-anxiety).
The findings of this research can be overwhelming, but the truth is, it strengthens our resolve to create a meaningful time at camp for our guests that focus on connection with God and not with a screen. UCYC exists to allow space for God to transform lives through community, the outdoors, and the love of Christ. We are thrilled to provide students and leaders with an environment of beautiful surroundings and the ability to connect with their Creator and one another.
This summer, the three camps have been exploring the themes of: magnifying and focusing on God (HS camp), the compelling life of Jesus (Middle school camp), and the relatable story of Peter (Preteen camp). Our goal is not to enhance the memory on a hard drive, but instead, to create amazing memories to prepare students for when life gets hard.