Best Week of the Summer

See you Summer 2023!

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What to Expect

Your students will connect with Jesus through powerful worship and inspiring messages. We will have crazy camp games, fellowship around a bonfire, swimming, lazer tag, high ropes course, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, dance party and this year, Color Wars!

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Our Speaker

Curtis Zackery

Preacher, Author 

Curtis Zackery is a sought after speaker and author who is one of the pastors at Church of the City in Franklin, TN, one of the nation’s fastest growing, multi-campus churches. He is perhaps best known for his deep empathy and contagious passion for the gospel, which defies barriers of age, ethnicity, and religion. Whether teaching, speaking, or writing, Curtis provides a perspective on the gospel that is raw, accessible, and relevant. Curtis has served in various ministry and leadership roles over the last 15 years―including church planting, pastoring, and speaking on rest, the kingdom, and the beauty of the gospel.

He is the author of Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath.  Jarrid Wilson, author of Love is Oxygen says “this is a book everyone needs to read. Self-care is a lost art in today’s world, and the Sabbath is something very few of us actually practice with intentionality. If we want to lead, we need to rest. If we want to live fulfilling lives, we need to rest. This book will refresh your heart and soul.

CZ graduated from Liberty University and continued his schooling at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. He worked as the program director at Kids Across America before taking on a pastoral role at Church of the City in Franklin, TN.

Know Before You Go!

What do I pack? What do I wear? What fun things do I get to do? What else do I need to know?

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Camp Muskingum

Located in Carroll County, Ohio, on the banks of Leesville Lake, Camp Muskingum has been offering unique outdoor experiences since 1942. The lake, hillside and forests offer prime opportunities for aquatic and nature studies. We also offer fishing, hiking, boating, swimming and both low and high ropes courses, along with a lazer tag course.


  • 4 Dorms- Each dorm can house 64-107 campers with private sections for chaperons, private showers, and restrooms.
  • Discovery Center- Large auditorium, stage, drop screen and projector, sound system, multiple rooms for smaller group meetings
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pavilion
  • Dining Hall

Learn more about Camp Muskingum here


The cost this year will be $250 each. This fee includes housing, food, t-shirt, activities, and speaker fees.

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Camp Director

Hello, my name is Justin Hendershott. I am the Youth Pastor at Damascus Friends Church in Damascus, OH. I have been in ministry for over twenty three years and this will be my seventh year of directing Friends Youth United. It is truly the highlight of the year for me and my students. I am here to serve you in anyway that I can. If you have any questions about registration please contact my administrative assistant, Shanna Oettinger (see below). With other questions or concerns regarding camp don’t hesitate to call or text me directly 704-773-8315. Also, please follow me on Instagram @justyhender. See you in July!!!

Camp Administrator

Hi, my name is Shanna Oettinger I am the Youth Administrator. I have served for two years at Damascus Friends Church. My job includes overseeing all camp registration for Friends Youth United. If there is anything you need, or maybe you have questions please call or text me 234-567-7224 or email me at and make sure you follow me on Instagram @shannaoettinger