The purpose of Star Rock Ministries is to provide meaningful Christian camp experiences that grow relationships, character, skills and faith for children and/or families from low-income backgrounds, suffering economic hardship, or whose parents are military personnel.
Over the years, staff members, camp families, and friends in the YSSC community asked how they could help increase our ability to share the magic of camp with at-risk and under-resourced children. From those initial aspirations STAR ROCK MINISTRIES was established as a 501(c)(3) organization. In its initial year, 40 children attended life-changing resident and day camp programs.
Star Rock Ministries launches its hallmark program, XLR8, offering 100 urban youth and 20 urban staff a week-long camp experience designed just for them. Currently, three XLR8 weeks are offered annually.
Through continued efforts and partnerships, Star Rock Ministries provided financial support and camp experiences to over 2,000 under-resourced youth in Southern California, the greater Houston, TX area, and throughout the country.
Star Rock Ministries is grateful to partner with over 15 urban organizations and under-resourced communities in providing meaningful Christian camp experiences.
Having departed from Camp Pendleton Military Base for camp, Natalie knew she would be saying goodbye to her dad not just for two weeks, but for nine months. Her father would be sent on his sixth deployment while she was at camp...Read The full story
Aileen arrived at camp enthusiastic for all that the week might hold. The past year had been tumultuous at home. From severing ties with family members to unhealthy peer relationships, Aileen found herself grasping for something...Read The full story
Antonio showed up at day camp with his backpack held tight and his head bent down. He was disengaged and on the fringe, making it clear he wanted nothing to do with the staff or other campers. But as the days went on at camp...Read The full story
Star Rock Ministries partners with organizations seeking to foster growth of the whole child within under-resourced communities. Star Rock Ministries seeks to support and collaborate with year-round partnership organizations by enhancing their members’ learning and growth through intentional camp ministry. Partnership organizations are challenged to thoughtfully consider which of their students will most benefit from a meaningful camp experience and plan how camp will move these students forward as they build continued growth and impact throughout the year. Partnership Organizations include the following:
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Bass Lake and San Juan capistrano, CA
XLR8 (Accelerate) is a week-long program designed for urban at-risk youth who are involved in year-round youth development programs. Through XLR8, Star Rock Ministries seeks to support and collaborate with urban partnership organizations by enhancing campers learning and growth through intentional camp ministry that build relationships, character, skills, and faith.
Houston Network Camps
The Star Rock Ministries Houston Network provide summer camp programs in the state of Texas that build character, skills, mentorship and faith development to boys and girls ages 10-18 years old. Over 250 kids from the east wards of Houston are provided camping opportunities that grow life skills, spiritual development, academic enrichment, outrageous fun, team building, and year-round development from teachers, coaches, volunteers, and youth directors. Our SRM partners Summer Institute and Stronger Camps develop and lead these camps and are in partnership between several Houston community churches, schools, and urban youth mentor programs.
Urban Youth Workers Institute
Various Cities, USA
Star Rock Ministries & UYWI have partnered to support and provide camping enrichment opportunties for Urban Ministry networks across America. This unique partnership is forged in their combined commitment to shaping youth and their communities with the extraordinary vehicle of camp. Networks who benefit from these camping opportunities will work collaboratively to learn, share, assess, and accelerate the needs of their community in order to work together on grow healthy and whole young adults. It is a Gospel-centered approach to enhancing these communities with invaluable gift of camp.
Camp Pendleton Marine Base and San Onofre School
CAmp pendleton, CA
For more than 15 years Star Rock Ministries and San Onofre School at Camp Pendleton have worked together to cultivate a relationship that supports military children living on base. Star Rock Ministries have provided hundreds of base kids adventures at Emerald Cove Day Camp and Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp. For many, these camping experiences are the only short break from their life of uncertainty
Creating or identifying whole-child focused Christian camp opportunities that positively and effectively impact the lives of at-risk youth.
Identify effective year round youth serving organizations and building long term partnerships with those organizations that result in high quality camp experiences for at-risk youth.
Training, resourcing, and coming alongside leadership of year-round youth serving organizations on how to incorporate quality camp opportunities into their programs to further strengthen the organizations' mission and impact.
Building effective collaborations among youth serving organizations and their leaders.
Star Rock Ministries accelerates the positive impact of consistent, intentional, and life-shaping work to transform at-risk youth with God's love and the gift of camp.
Star Rock Ministries values financial responsibility, thoughtful stewardship, and high quality camping opportunities.
Star Rock Ministries Board of Directors is committed to stewarding and implementing the Star Rock Ministries mission that provide high quality and whole-child focused Christian camp opportunities that positively and effectively impact the lives of at-risk youth.MEET THE BOARD
Help transform the life of underserved children through a one time or monthly gift to Star Rock Ministries. Your gift will provide deserving youth camp opportunities that will grow their character, relationships, skills and faith. Thank you for your consideration.Give online