For the past six summers Portugal Young Life has held a YL Surf Camp outside of Lisbon. This July the camp will take place in Sintra, an incredible spot for kids to hear about the love of Christ and spend time with their friends and Young Life leaders. The camp offers a ropes course, hiking and surf lessons.
Over the years the camp has grown and this summer the Young Life team will add a second week of camp. The first week will be for Portugal Young Life while the second week will host students from France, Spain, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Each week will serve approximately 80 students and leaders.
The past several summers Young Life Expeditions has sent a team from the US to help serve as Work Staff (a mixture of work crew and summer staff tasks). Last year our team had an amazing trip and shared some of their highlights:
- It was a great experience to see the Gospel message shared in a different country and culture. I was reminded of the beauty & simplicity of the Gospel story.
- I learned so much about being flexible and a willing servant. Our team really got to jump into camp and felt a part of the team. We were given the opportunity to begin serving from the very start of our trip.
- One of my favorite parts of the trip was the chance to hear the life stories of those on the Expeditions team. We also had time to interact each day with leaders and students at camp and build friendships with them.
This year we are in the midst of recruiting another Open Team of 8-12 people to serve from July 4 – July 22. It’s an amazing opportunity to see Lisbon, serve at a YL camp, build friendships and encounter God in a new place.
In addition to serving as work staff alongside Portugal Young Life Staff and leaders the Expeditions team will have the opportunity to participate in club each night and visit a local beach to try out some surfing.