GCPodcast 005 – Part 1 – Reimagining Camp

Listen to part 1 of this 2 part series on how a regional youth camp made changes to a neighborhood camp.


In this episode, host Joe Brannen interviews Pastor Mike Urmie, along with Pastoral Residents Ceeja and Lucas Malmkar from GCI’s congregation in Surrey Hills, Oklahoma. Together they are the leadership team for Camp Surrey, a community day camp that connects back to the life of their church. They discuss with Joe how they transitioned from a regional camp to a day camp that serves their neighborhood.


“Everything that we have that we put into camp. And we reap those benefits from what we see in our campers. Man, when you talk about changing that and taking it away when it feels like the glue that holds us together. It’s hard but the truth of the matter is camp can’t be the glue that holds together. Jesus is. And we need to follow him where he says to go. And I feel like the heart and passion we put into camp, what would it look like if we put that in our local churches?” – Ceeja Malmkar

Main points:

  • What is the background of the youth camp? (9:04)
  • What was the process of finding camp facilities? (13:45)
  • Why change from a traditional camp to a day camp? And what are the benefits of a community camp? (18:48)






Listen to PART 2 here

If you would like to contact Pastor Mike Urmie or Ceeja Malmkar with questions about their neighborhood camp, you can email them.

Pastor Mike Urmie: Mike.Urmie@gci.org

Ceeja Malmkar: ceeja.malmkar@gci.org

Camp Surrey Video

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