Outdoor Ministry

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

– Psalm 19:1

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MISSION STATEMENT:

“Fostering a genuine passion for the outdoors and bringing people closer to God through discipleship.”

The Outdoor Ministry aims to serve children with physical challenges, life-threatening illnesses (past and present) and the underserved in order to “Foster a genuine passion for outdoor activities and bring people closer to God through discipleship.” This is accomplished through two programs: Mountain Movers and Camp Conquerors. We believe valuable life lessons can be learned through the outdoors and that the love of God will be effectively demonstrated to our participants through these programs. It is our hope that this investment of time and resources will encourage children in their walk with Christ through continued discipleship.

Camp Conquerors was created to provide children with an opportunity to experience the outdoors like they never have before. The gospel-centered curriculum is designed to develop an appreciation for the outdoors, improve self-worth and self-confidence and to establish healthy relationships. Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of activities including: horseback riding, climbing towers, archery, various games, swimming, canoeing and more.

The Mountain Movers program offers children once in a lifetime hunting and fishing experiences while teaching them the ethical practices behind harvesting and consuming wild game. Children are mentored in the Gospel through small group discussions and the solitude allows them to grow closer to God. Other benefits gained through this program include increased physical health through exercise, lowered anxiety and stress and the ability to restore focus.

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The outdoors played a major role in Carson’s development while growing up in North Dakota, and it continues to play an important role in his life today.  The memories created with friends and family, the solitude it provides to connect with God and the ability to bring organic, wild game to the table has always pushed him to get outdoors.

We believe the other benefits gained in the outdoors include: increased physical health through exercise, lowered anxiety and stress and the ability to restore focus. This ministry gives kids the opportunity to experience all these things through camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and hunting.

We believe that hunting, when done correctly, is undoubtedly ethical. The Bible references this in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” This means these renewable resources are here for us to use and protect.  However,  there will always be a tiny percentage of unethical people that cast a shadow on this most basic act of providing sustenance.  It is our goal to introduce our participants to the ethical practices behind harvesting and consuming wild game.

The safety of children and young adults in our Outdoor Ministry is of the utmost importance.  At Camp Conquerors, a medical director and several nurses are present to make sure campers are safe and healthy. During hunting experiences, participants will undergo firearm safety before the hunt.  This training includes general instruction and time on the range becoming acclimated with the firearm.  Lastly, our hunting and fishing experiences follow a strict policy ensuring a 1:1 ratio between participants and staff members is upheld.

The goal of our Outdoor Ministry is to create disciples for Christ.  Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave us the great commission by telling us to “go and make disciples of all nations.”  It is our number one priority to introduce these kids to the gospel and to let them experience God’s love through Camp Conquerors and Mountain Movers.

Camp Conquerors includes worship and small group discussions on a daily basis.  Carson also presents his testimony to the children at camp and answers questions about the role his faith plays in his life.  In the Mountain Movers program, we also implement the gospel and hold small group discussions daily.  Participants in this program receive a bible, notebook and other resources to document their experiences and lessons.  We have found that the small group environment allows children to open up and discuss Jesus freely and comfortably.

Mentoring these children as they become disciples for Christ doesn’t end after exposing them to the gospel.  We value continued dialogue and engagements with these children in order to encourage them in their walk with the Lord.  The Bible states in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  It is our intention to be a sense of encouragement and community for these children as they grow up by continuing to play a major role in their lives.

Currently, the best way to contribute to the work being done through the Outdoor Ministry is by monetary donations. Please utilize the “Donate” button at the top of our website to accomplish this. For any other inquiries, please contact us at: info@ao1foundation.org.

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