“Looking Unto Jesus” Hebrews 12:2
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
We believe our highest calling is to lovingly share with all campers the great news of God’s sacrificial love demonstrated in his creation and his work through Jesus Christ to restore people to a right relationship with him. Therefore, we gladly welcome all campers who along with their family agree to the Camp Pattersonville Code of Conduct.
CODE OF CONDUCT
1. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are not in accord with Scripture nor the Purpose and Practices of Camp Pattersonville and will not be tolerated. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)
2. Campers shall respect the property of others, the teaching of the Staff, and hold the safety of each person as a top priority. (Exodus 20:15, Matthew 19:18, Romans 13:9, Philippians 2:3-4)
3. Campers shall abide by the instruction of the Staff. This includes the separation of all persons for bathrooms, showers, and sleeping accommodations by biological sex/gender, as determined at birth by a healthcare professional. A family may stay together when occupying an entire sleeping facility. Campers shall not promote views or behavior that conflict with the Camp Pattersonville Confession of Faith. (Genesis 1:27, 5:2, Psalm 139:13-14, Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6)
4. The Staff of Camp Pattersonville shall respectfully exercise non-physical discipline, as necessary, to maintain and restore order. In severe cases, this may lead to contact with the camper’s responsible adult(s) and a request for them to remove the camper from Camp.
5. The use of the following will not be tolerated at Camp Pattersonville among campers or staff and will result in immediate dismissal from camp: cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, vaping, pornography and firearms or other weapons. Traditional folding Scout style knives or Swiss army knives are acceptable upon demonstrating knife safety skills to a Counselor.
6. The behavior, language and clothing of campers and staff must reflect the Christ-centered Biblical values and attitudes of Camp Pattersonville. Issues with clothing, swearing, cursing, and other misconduct will be managed in accordance with the Camp Pattersonville disciplinary policy at the discretion of the Camp Director or Camp Board.
March 27, 2021
CONFESSION OF FAITH
We believe that in order to preserve the Christian mission and integrity of Camp Pattersonville and to provide a biblical role model to the Camp Pattersonville campers, it is imperative that all Staff and Board members of Camp Pattersonville agree to and abide by the following Confession of Faith. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14- 16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God. (Psalm 119:160, Matthew 24:35, 2 Timothy 3:16)
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2.
3. We believe, (a) in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, (b) in His virgin birth, (c) in His sinless life, (d) in His miracles, (e) in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, Romans 5:8 (f) in His bodily resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4 (g) in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, Acts 7:56; and (h) in His personal return in power and glory. Acts1:11
4. We believe that only by receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord can a person be saved (born again) and enter the Kingdom of God. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit and repentance are absolutely essential. John1:12; John 3;16,17; John 14:6; Romans10:9,10,13, Ephesians 4:22–24, 1 Peter 1:3.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. John 14:26; John 16:13
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Psalm 133:1, Romans 12:18)
8. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Genesis 1:27, 5:2, Psalm 139:13-14, Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6)
9. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Corinthians 7:2-5)
10. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (Gen 2:18-25, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
11. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Hebrews 13:4)
12. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, premarital sex, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, transgender conduct, polygamy, polyamory, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; Mark 7:21, Acts 15:20, 29, 21:25, Romans 13:13, 1 Corinthians 5:1, 11-13, 6:9-10, 13, 18, 2 Corinthians 12:21, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, Jude 1:7, Revelation 2:14, 20)
13. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 2 Timothy 2:22, Revelation 2:21, 9:21)
14. These statements do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Camp Pattersonville’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is Camp Pattersonville’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
March 27, 2021
Camp Pattersonville was founded by a small group of friends who shared a common vision and “fixed their eyes on Jesus” to bring it to life. In the 1940’s a woman named Anna Meahl, who lived in the stockade area of Schenectady NY, spent her summer days entertaining the children who were out of school. She invited the children into her own backyard in order to lead them away from the trouble that beckoned them from the streets of the Stockade. Mrs. Meahl offered the children a safe place to play, afternoon snacks and a cool drink on a hot day, as well as sharing Bible stories and her faith with them. Mrs. Meahl saw a need in those children for a safe way to spend their summer vacation.
Anna Meahl was not alone. There were others who saw the need and felt called to care for the children. An idea came up, to make a summer camp for the children to go to. Then a piece of property came up for sale. The founders of Camp Pattersonville, by the grace of God, managed to scrape together the money to purchase the property, located on a hill in the small rural town of Pattersonville.
Once the property had been purchased, Mrs. Meahl and her friends had only a very short time to plan for camp before Camp Pattersonville welcomed its first campers. That first summer, in 1948, some things at Camp were very different than they are today… but other things were very much the same. Today, the staff members at Camp Pattersonville still “fix their eyes on Jesus” as they care for each camper and share their faith. Today, God is still at work at Camp Pattersonville.
Camp Pattersonville is licensed and inspected annually by the NY State Dept. of Health. Reports are filed at the Schenectady County Health Department, 107 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308-3170.