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14.06.2017 15:59    Comments: 0    Categories: Press Releases      Tags: camp comeca  justin & amy hoehner  

Camp Comeca DirectorsThe Cozad Chamber welcomes Justin and Amy Hoehner to Cozad. Justin is the new manager for Camp Comeca!
Justin is originally from Kearney, NE and Amy grew up in Falls City, NE.


Nearly 10 years ago, Justin fell in love with camp ministry in southeast Texas where he also met his wife, Amy. Justin knew at that time that he would eventually be leading a camp.
The couple married and moved to southern California to work at Palomar Christian Conference Center in camp ministry.


When their daughter, Brooklyn, was born they made the decision to move back to Nebraska to be closer to family.


Justin had worked with church youth in the past, and applied for numerous positions to get back into ministry with a church, when out of nowhere, through the grapevine, Justin heard of the position at Camp Comeca. Prior to receiving information about Comeca, the couple had not even searched for camp director positions in Nebraska because they are so rare.


“It was perfect because that is what I always wanted as a career. The opportunity to lead Camp Comeca, so close to our families, is a complete blessing to us. The timing is all God’s timing and it was abundantly clear in this situation,” shared Justin.


Justin started out at UNK seeking a degree in Recreation Management, however, after serving for two summers as a counselor, he felt a strong desire to pursue the Christian ministry side of camping more intentionally.  Justin was given the opportunity to obtain hands-on training in every aspect of camp, and he chose that route. He worked every job from the kitchen and maintenance to administration and programming.


He has since had a desire to continue his education and is currently taking online classes for Leadership and Management of Christian Ministries through Liberty University.
Amy achieved a degree in Recreation Management from UNK.


When asked what their short term goals were for Camp Comeca, Justin shared that his first goal was to get the camp’s focus 100% on Christ. After every activity they do with their campers, they stop to process the activity by bringing that activity back to Christ through asking the campers questions.


“The activities are camper-led, but counselor driven,” shared Amy. “We ask questions like ‘What was your favorite part of that activity?’ or ‘How did you feel during that activity?’ Kids will share different levels of fear, or overcoming obstacles or building team relationships and any conversation can be navigated back to the Gospel. Our hope is that when kids leave each activity, their experience gives them a better understanding of who God is, and they understand how to relate Scripture to their everyday lives.”


As for infrastructure, Justin has been in contact with groups like Hard Hats for Christ (Construction Workers Christian Fellowship) to help them accomplish some much needed improvements to the camp in an effort to return the camp to pristine condition once again. At Palomar Christian Conference Center, Justin built a relationship with the group of construction workers and was very impressed on how they were organized.


Justin and Amy’s long-term goal for Camp Comeca is to make the camp self-sustaining by building a retreat program that can fund itself. Unlike most camps, Camp Comeca has the ability to be a year round camp.


Justin has been working at connecting with the community by reaching out to the churches and bringing them back to the camp. He wants the community to feel like Camp Comeca is their camp.
“I love giving tours of the camp and I’ve learned that some people end up giving me a tour, as they have been coming to Camp Comeca for many years, which is incredible,” shared Justin. “Being able to build relationships is a gift I feel that God has given me.”


Justin enjoys communicating with people and reaching them on a personal level.


The camp is open to reunions, family get-togethers, school functions and more. Memberships to the indoor pool are available and the pool/recreation building can be rented for special events.


Camp Comeca will be hosting their 66th Annual Buffalo BBQ this fall at the camp. The BBQ is open to the public.
Information on camp for your kids and family can be found at CampComeca.com or call Justin at 308-784-2808.

 

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