MK Camp

MK Camp

August 7-11, 2023 (Monday-Friday)

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. 🙂

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!


Location: The Wilds of New England, Deering, New Hampshire

Dates: August 7-11, 2023

Age: Campers should be at least 12 years old by September 1, 2023, and going into Grades 7-12 or just completed Grade 12.

Cost: $200 per person

A nonrefundable $50 registration fee should accompany each registration. The balance is due upon arrival at camp.

Accommodations: Housing is in cabins. Check out the “What to Bring” tab above for suggestions.


SPEAKERS: Matt Jones & various Wilds staff members

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 15 to 22, 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.

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. Friday 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 – 2:00Small Group Discussion
2:00 – 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 Bedding
  • Extra Blanket
  • Pillow/Pillowcase


  • Towels/Washcloths
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Brush/Comb
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner

Clothing: (Please make sure all clothing items meet the standards of our camp attire policy.)

  • Old sneakers (for games)
  • Flip-flops (for showering)
  • Raincoat
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-shirts
  • Knee-length Shorts
  • Jeans/Pants
  • Swimsuit (Dark shirt and knee length shorts must be worn over)
  • Nice “classy casual” outfits for evening services

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Medications
  • Flashlight
  • Water Bottle
  • Insect Repellant (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Spending Money (optional)
    (For the Sweet Shoppe, General Store, Cool Beans, paintball, team shirt, cabin pictures, etc; most campers bring $35-$50)

Helpful Hints:

  • Label all important items with your child’s name. This helps us identify lost and found items.  
  • Spending money can be added to the camper’s WildsPay account (cashless spending account) to use while at camp. Instructions for setting up a WildsPay account will be emailed prior to camp.
  • Do not bring the following: alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco, fireworks, guns/ammunition/weapons, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, drones, magazines, apparel with inappropriate graphics, or any type of electronic device, including, but not limited to cell phones, smart watches, computers, and video games.