Our camp is Christian and because of that commitment, we open our arms and hearts to all people in "loving our neighbors as ourselves."  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take an active part in all programs and worship services. Anyone can share our religious feelings and backgrounds. Our camp joins together in understanding, in Christian brotherly love and builds new lives in our hearts. Our motto, "Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last," puts J.O.Y. in all our hearts!                              


Early each morning, before breakfast, we'll meet in the lodge for Morning Watch.  This is a time for morning prayer, singing, and learning about God.  It happens first thing in the morning because we believe that God makes the morning and each new day with all that it brings; food, friends and life come from Him.


A large part of Morning Watch is being ALONE with God.  During this time, one can pray, thanking God for a new & beautiful day, asking direction for living it and listening for God. It is a time for you and God to be alone together.


These are the times each day where we attempt to experience discovery, adventure, and Christian love.  They are vital to everyone's camping experience. Often cabins and counselors are given the opportunity to help lead us in these worship experiences.


For Vespers, the service will be held on the far side of the lake, on the man-made levee.  As a boat glides silently into shore from across this small lake, it is very easy to dream of Lake Galilee.  While the person in the boat is not Jesus, His spirit is certainly here, and we know that there is a sweet, sweet Spirit with us here!


On Thursday evening, come to our "Green Cathedral” where you will join your fellow campers and staff in a service of worship and consecration to God.  Consecration means to declare or dedicate your life to Christ. This long-standing camp tradition has brought  change and new meaning to each year's camp.  You will add to the "Spirit of Tar Hollow."  This night may give you the chance to learn something new about yourself, your neighbor, and most importantly, about your God.  Will you consecrate yourself to God?


A time of silent meditation is set aside from the closing of the Consecration Service Thursday night until the start of the Communion Service Friday morning. This is a time for you to think about your week at camp, your feelings toward others, and your personal relationship with God.  You are asked to write a letter to yourself expressing some of your feelings and thoughts reflecting the week's experiences.  This sealed letter will be mailed to you in January to help you recall Tar Hollow and your consecration.


The start of this service ends the silence of meditation.  It becomes both a promise to God and a celebration of our consecration and commitment.


Plaque Signing is a time that strengthens our sense of community and togetherness. It is indeed a night to remember as each camper and staff places their name on a plaque, a very special and unique symbol of this year's camp.  It is a ceremony of great meaning and honor. 


Every evening, each cabin gathers for a closing devotion.  These may be times of sharing, growth, worship and prayer.  It is hoped that each cabin creates a worship center, or altar, around which all can gather in understanding and love.  CANDLES ARE NOT PERMITTED


This brings our camp to a proper close and is our "good-bye" for the year. It is also our first statement of commitment to Tar Hollow Christian Adventure camp for the coming year!