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Abba’s Child

Abba’s Child seeks to provide a fun and enriching camping experience for grieving children and teens in a healthy Christian environment. Healing and growth is enhanced through a sense of community, group interaction, ad physical challenges that will lead to a more fulfilling life.


Abba’s Child is located at Big Lake Youth Camp, which is a summer camp that has been in operation for over 50 years. At Big Lake the moment the campers arrive they experience warmth and a culture of acceptance. They learn that it is okay to laugh and play and that to do so is not disrespectful to the memory of the person who died. Fun and positive energy comes through in everything we do at Big Lake Youth Camp – from our counselors to our on-site nurse to our kitchen staff and beyond. Since everyone who is at camp knows what it’s like to lose someone they love, there is plenty of space for sharing and the acceptance of tears. Activities at camp include seven days of fun with swimming, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, mountain biking, art, music, games, rock climbing, and even fun on the “sea wolf”.


Campers can expect to have fun, laugh, play, experience exciting new things, make friends, share, have a sense of belonging, and most importantly, be on a pathway to healing. Here is our informational letter that explains a bit more about our program: 2018 Abba’s Child Info Letter.


Children age 10 to 17.


Trained staff are carefully selected and screened to help make the experience at camp outstanding and healing. The clinical staff managing Abba’s Child have extensive training in grief work and are excited to be part of our campers healing journey.


Due to the high demand for this camp, if your child has attended Abba’s Child camps in the past, please enroll them in a regular camp (scholarships are available if needed). If you would like your child to have some time in a regular camp with an Abba’s Child counselor, we will be making that available during Junior 2 and Teen 1 REG camps. Please print out this application  2019 BLYC Abba’s Child Application and send in to our office at: 19800 Oatfield Rd, Gladstone  OR 97027.

Abba’s Child Junior

Ages: 10-12
Dates: June 30-July 7, 2019
Cost: Free to those who are accepted (one year only)

Abba’s Child Teen

Ages: 13-17
Dates: July 28-August 4, 2019
Cost: Free to those who are accepted (one year only)

If you have questions, please contact the Big Lake office at 503-850-3583.

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