The Norman Transcript


June 20, 2014

85 youth attend LDS Young Men’s Encampment

NORMAN — More than 85 young men, ages 12-18, including 35 from Norman, headed to the wilderness recently for a week of outdoor skills and spiritual development June 2-6 during the Norman Oklahoma Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ third annual Young Men’s Encampment.

The five-day camp, hosted at Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, included camping activities like canoeing, motorboating, a seven-mile hike, fly-fishing, a service project, sports and object lessons. Those activities, coupled with morning scripture study and evening devotionals, kept the young men busy.

The campers were up at 6 a.m. and spent an hour reading and studying scripture with their cabin mates before heading out for the morning flag ceremony and breakfast. After a full day of activities the young men gathered at the amphitheater for the nightly devotional.

Camp Director Eric DeLange said this year’s camp theme was based off a scripture in the Book of Mormon.

“The theme for camp was Moroni 10:32, and the part of that scripture that talks about perfecting yourself in Christ,” he said. “It talks about serving Him and following Him with all your might mind and strength. Give everything to the Lord, give it your all spiritually, physically and mentally and the Lord will make up the difference. We’ve tried to stress that to the boys this week in whatever activities they are doing physically or spiritually.”

During the course of the week, the young men constructed a roof over the stage of the camp’s amphitheater, which the boys built during the previous year’s encampment.

“It was really cool to work beside your friends,” said camper Hawkins Moody, a 14-year-old Norman North High sophomore. “I think we bonded. It felt really good to do something for the camp that we have been coming to the past couple years.”

— Transcript Staff

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Hnsen Luger Kate Hansen still riding the Olympic cloud

    Not many people can say they actually accomplished their lifetime dreams. Even less can say they did it before turning 22....

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tests of a living faith

    We recently started a study on Wednesday nights of the letter James wrote to the church. This Bible book is a practical guide to Christian living, but more than that, it really forces one to think honestly about their faith. Is your faith ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Which Bible bit is most misinterpreted?

    The Rev. Scott Gordon, Claycomo Baptist Church: Many passages vie for consideration, but the first “bit” that came to mind we find in Matthew 7:1-6 and Romans 2:1-5....

    July 24, 2014

  • CAIR-OK plans day of service

    The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will join Mercy Youth Club and IST Youth at the fourth annual Ramadan Day of Service Saturday....

    July 18, 2014

  • Guest preacher and author to speak

    The Reverend Dr. James White will preach, as well as discuss, his new book, “Brief Christian Histories: Getting a Sense of Our Long Story,” this Sunday at First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster. White will preach at both 8:40 and 10:45 ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Life on earth is a vapor

    The last of the baby boomers turn 50 this year. This generation of Americans, born from 1946-1964, is named after the post-World War II “baby boom.” I am a baby boomer and as one of the “late boomers,” one of the last to turn 50 — ...

    July 17, 2014

  • What does a bird ‘alone on a housetop’ mean

    Reassurance of God’s mercy The Rev. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church: This verse, Psalm 102:7, has a notation in the New Living Translation, “A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the ...

    July 17, 2014

  • Hillsboro resident’s first CD will benefit Haiti missions

    When Angie Sawyer's son passed away at age 5 she tried several ways to deal with her grief. But none of them worked, she said, until she turned to God. So to tell her story, she recently recorded her first CD, “On The Right Track.” All ...

    July 10, 2014

  • Anti-bias order creates rift

    In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in ...

    July 10, 2014

  • Is anything really free?

    We have just celebrated the nation’s 238th birthday. We are extremely proud of and attached to freedom. The Founding Fathers wrote into the founding documents practical truths that make those freedoms attainable. I love the fact that they ...

    July 10, 2014