Technology At Camp

I am currently at camp with 250 middle school students, sharing the Gospel and living like Jesus for them. This is an exciting time and I love this week out of the year, but for the church technology enthusist in me, it is tough because my normal habits are out the window. I do not blog at regular times, I cannot study and write my Seminary papers normally, and good luck with me responding to you on social media.

Last week, I asked the Google+ Church Tech crew, assuming you are not the sound guy or some other tech leadership role, what do you take with you to camp. I have some great responses below and share what I bring. (You’ll be surprised)

What Others Take To Camp

I love this one from Jan Horak because it is the truth in what I want to bring, but as she says, we have to go less.

I used to voluntarily take my entire desktop computer and a video camera (10 years ago) and make videos for the camp for all to take home. Now I take my cameras (full HD, GoPro & Digital SLR) and a laptop. Most leaders I see at our camp bring photo cameras and an iPad or laptop to update Facebook or Blogs in the down time. We are a small camp so we all pitch in and help.

For anyone like <a href=”Auggie Mueller, you have the basics that are needed to make a good camp video. In my mind, if you do not have a camp videographer, you should capture the memories yourself.

I volunteer. I take my go pro here 3. Audio recorder, rode mic and my laptop.

What I Brought

I have 9 middle school boys in my cabin and so if I did not have seminary homework, my list would only be my cellphone. Surprise! Camp for me is the best time to unplug and be with students! I love it! So here is my list of tech toys I brought to camp. (Note: we do have videographer, otherwise this would be a much different list.)

  • iPhone 4S. A must for emergencies and updating parents. Currently sitting at over 120+ social media messages, 32 emails, and some iOS app updates in less than 24 hours that will be ignored till Saturday.
  • Kindle I hate reading eBooks on my computer, so for the two books that have to be reviewed for seminary, I am reading on this. Again, I would have preferred to leave it at home.
  • My Laptop. I have to use this for writing and submitting a seminary paper, otherwise it would have been left at home.

What technology do you take to camp? (Be specific)


Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a Christian first, husband and father next, and then a blogger, writer, and social media realist. Besides helping churches Level Up their digital marketing platforms and church tech ministries through the blog and direct consultations, he loves to spend time with his family and serving in the church with infant daycare and marital and pre-marital counseling. He is currently an outpatient clinician at a Colorado Community Behavioral Health Center and previously worked at Youth for Christ/USA as the Social Media Specialist as well as a Youth Ministry Director over the span of more than ten years. He has received his Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary, Masters of Arts in Family Ministry from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, and Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Ohio Northern University.


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