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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

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