MK Camp

MK Camp

August 16-21, 2021

Everyone who has grown up as a “third culture kid” knows that there are lots of unique aspects to it. One of those aspects is how hard it is to find friends who understand what it’s like.

Friends who understand…
…why it’s almost impossible to find a turkey for Thanksgiving.
…why you don’t like ice in your drinks.
…that there are other countries in the world besides the US. πŸ™‚

This week-long camp is for missionary kids whose families serve overseas. At this camp you’ll meet friends who have had many similar experiences and hear from speakers who understand the joys and challenges of growing up in multiple cultures. On top of that you’ll have a blast playing fun games, eating great food, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

We can’t wait to see you!


Dates: August 16-21, 2021

Age: Campers should be at least 12 years old by September 1, 2021, and going into Grades 7-12 or just completed Grade 12.

Cost: $250 per person

  • A nonrefundable $50 registration fee should accompany each registration. The balance is due upon arrival at camp.
  • Cost INCLUDES rafting excursion.
  • A waiver is required: View Waiver

Accommodations: Housing is in the Dorm or Cabins. Check out the β€œWhat to Bring” tab above for suggestions.


If the cost is prohibitive, please reach out to us.


Matt Jones

Matt and Courtney Jones have been church planting missionaries in Thailand with Baptist World Mission since 2005. The Joneses have 4 MKs of their own, ages 13 to 20, who have grown up in the rural northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. Their 2 daughters, Lindsey and Erica, are students at BJU. The boys are stuck at home with mom, dad, and their 3 Jack Russells for a few more years.

In recent years, Matt and Courtney have had opportunities to focus on strengthening missionary kids in Southeast Asia as a part of a team of missionary families that organizes the annual Southeast Asia MK Camp in Thailand. Dozens of families have benefited from the camp activities. The Joneses have also organized a transition seminar for MKs in Thailand to help with the process of repatriating as an MK. Matt recently finished his doctoral work with an emphasis on organizing ministries to help missionary kids with the unique challenges that come from growing up globally between cultures. He plans to continue writing and reaching out to other missionaries to encourage them to start MK camps and programs to help MKs thrive both on and after the mission field.

Tim Chapman

Tim and Cheryl Chapman are missionaries to Lima, Peru, where they have served since 2006. They recently (2016) planted Iglesia Bautista Gracia in downtown Lima, and have seen the Lord grow the new church use it for the sake of the clarity of the gospel in the heart of Lima. Tim grew up in a Christian home in North Carolina, and at 15 years of age, he moved with his family to Santiago, Chile. He graduated from BJU, and went on to travel with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team until 2001. That same year he married his wife, Cheryl. After completing and M.A. in Theological Studies from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, PA, Tim and Cheryl moved Lima where their ministry focused primarily on preaching for evangelistic campaigns, conferences, camps, and retreats.

The Chapmans have 3 children: Lauren (18), Micah (16), and Abby (14).

Sample Schedule

Check-in: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday
Program begins: 5:00 p.m. Monday with supper
Program ends: 8:00 a.m. Saturday after breakfast

7:00 – 8:00Cool Beans
8:15 – 8:45Breakfast
9:15 – 10:30Chapel/God & I Time
10:30 – 12:15Planned and Free Recreation
12:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:15 – 5:15Planned and Free Recreation
5:30 – 6:00Supper
6:30 – 7:45Evening Service
8:45 – 9:30Evening Activity

*Schedule is subject to change.

What to Bring

Download the Checklist


  • sleeping bag or twin sheets
  • pillow
  • towels/washcloth

Clothes All

  • old shoes (for hiking and games)
  • flip-flops (for showering)
  • water shoes (optional)
  • jacket/sweater socks
  • underwear
  • laundry bag
  • pajamas


  • t-shirts
  • knee-length shorts
  • jeans/pants
  • swim trunks
  • collared shirts (for evening services)


  • t-shirts (no tanks)
  • knee-length shorts
  • loose-fitting pants/jeans
  • swimsuit (one piece or tankini that overlaps at the waist)
  • knee-length skirts or dresses (for evening services)

Other Items

  • Bible
  • notebook/pens (optional)
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • brush/comb
  • soap/shampoo
  • medications
  • insect repellant (optional)
  • camera (optional)
  • flashlight (optional)
  • water bottle (optional)
  • spending money $35-$50 (optional) (for the Snack Shop, General Store, Cool Beans Coffee Shoppe, Craft Shop).


We will be white water rafting on the Nantahala one day during the week. The cost for this is INCLUDED in the cost for the week of camp.

  • Each camper should complete a rafting waiver, signed by a parent or guardian prior to camp.
  • Dress for rafting for both guys and girls: Dark shirts and long pants are recommended for rafting. Dry fit or moisture wicking is helpful but not required. Cotton material and jeans are not recommended. Swimsuits can be worn underneath the clothing. We provide splash jackets, boots, and life jackets for each person. Each camper will need a complete change of clothes for the return trip to camp.
  • A waiver is required: Download Waiver