For close to a decade and a half AreaOne has been hosting summer camps for youth groups. This year, however, we are changing the name and concept from camp to conference. The original vision of AreaOne was to train students to be able to defend their faith and live out a Christ-centered worldview. Over the years we drifted from that approach and became burdened by the high numbers of students leaving the faith and the church. We knew it was time to do something more effective and God has led us to return to our roots in 2014! Fun remains on the menu, but we will now be much more intentional with the content of our teaching. Come prepared for in-depth worldview training and vertical worship that is designed to transform and strengthen a student's faith. The schedule this year will reflect some of the changes we are making. You will also notice that we are shifting away from the rock concert style environment of most camps and will instead create a more intimate "in-the-round" setting. This new design will help students better engage with the speakers and the training they will receive.
As we began to plan for this shift a couple of years ago we researched other event options available to youth leaders. On one hand, you have the traditional camp (which is what we've been doing) that focuses on teaching, but also puts a high priority on fun and entertainment. The purpose is to make sure that each person in the youth group has a great time and leaves with at least one new truth. On the other hand, you have specialized conferences that cater to the top tier of teen leaders. These events focus primarily on apologetical and theological teaching and are marketed to the more academic students. Our vision is to create an event that is in the middle of these two extremes: a conference for the entire youth group that presents apologetic and worldview teaching that is clear, understandable, and relatable to all of the students in your group. Supporting this vision are Nabeel Qureshi and Cameron McCallister from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Both of these men are dynamic speakers and are known for connecting to audiences of all ages. We are excited they will be at AreaOne 2014. Join us! You can register your group or request information online by clicking the buttons below. Feel free to call us for more information at 888.GOAREA1.