First and foremost we need to make sure that our students are connected. They not only need to be connected with our ministry but also need to be connected with a leader who can mentor them and help guide them in their spiritual growth. I always like to do this at camp, especially if they give their lives to Christ. On top of this, and maybe most importantly, we need to make sure our students are connected with each other. They need those relationships with those they will see daily so they can support one another in difficult times and push each other to do great things.
It is not until our students live out their faith that they begin to take ownership it. But once they do they get a taste of what the Christian life is really all about and they will never want to turn back. I know it was this way for me. Once I took my faith from just knowledge to action there was no other option for me but to live passionately for Christ. You must find ways for your students to serve. Whether it is a mission trip or a service project in the community, your students need to live out their faith before they go back to school in the fall.
We need to plan how these two things will happen before we even go to camp. But we also need to help our students plan for how they continue this and carry this message out once they head back to school. You need to sit down and help your students dream about how God might use them to impact their campuses and then hold them accountable to live out those plans.
Obviously there are things that go with this, like prayer and Bible study, but I believe these three steps will help us move on from the annual camp high to true life change and spiritual growth.