ImpactU Camps Expand Hearts, Minds, Horizons

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Asbury students (in orange) provided devotionals as well as training at the ImpactU Equine camp.

WILMORE, Ky. — The group of 20 high-school students who sat in the shade early this week at Asbury University’s Equine Center were quieter than one might expect of teenagers at summer camp. They listened, surrounded by barns and riding arenas, to several of Asbury’s Equine majors tell them not only about their experiences with horses, but their experiences in living a Christian life as college students. And when the group got up to tackle a few barn chores, it was with a greater understanding of how their passion — working with horses — might best serve the world.

Asbury University’s ImpactU summer academic camps began this week with four sessions — Adventure, Film I, Worship Arts/Audio Production and Equine — and will continue next week with five additional camps. (Click here for more information!) Combining hands-on activities with academic education, the ImpactU camps give high-school students a small taste of life at Asbury. From meals in the cafeteria to evening discussions in the dorm and new relationships with current Asbury students, ImpactU camps are designed to demonstrate the University’s characteristic integration of faith and learning. 

Christopher Morgan, a high-school junior from Warner Robins, Ga., came to Asbury to experience the introductory film camp. As alumni, his parents understood that his week in Kentucky would deepen both his skills in directing and his spiritual development.

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Students in the ImpactU Film I camp took advantage of the built-in sets featured in Asbury's Miller Center for Communication Arts.

“They knew the counselors would take time to incorporate Christianity into the camp,” he said. “I’d love a career as a film director, and Asbury is a good place to go to learn how to do that.”

The Adventure camp, which included an overnight in the natural beauty of nearby Red River Gorge, and the Worship Arts/Audio Production camp, which challenged students as musicians and worship leaders, also connected directly with a program of study at Asbury. Next week’s camps include Theatre & Film Acting, Environmental Science & Biotechnology, Creative Writing, Film II and Music: Voice & Keyboard.

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