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From the news today

Atheist Bibles-For-Porn Swap Riles Campus

A college atheist group is offering students pornography in exchange for Bibles.

Atheist Agenda calls the exchange “Smut for Smut,” prompting prayers and protests from Christian students at the University of Texas San Antonio campus.

Student Monica Cornado says it’s offensive to compare pornography to “the Word of God.”

University officials say the atheist group has the right to conduct the swap.

UTSA spokesman David Gabler says, “As long as students are not violating laws or violating the Constitution, they have the freedom of speech and assembly.”

The Atheist Agenda started at UTSA in 2005, and their first “Smut for Smut” campaign blew up into a national media sensation, reports CBS affiliate KENS in San Antonio. Past president Thomas Jackson was deluged with interview requests, and debated Tucker Carlson, the bow-tie-wearing conservative pundit, on MSNBC.

This year, organizers said a group of Christians amassed to protest the event, and one protester ripped a sign from someone’s hands. But police kept a watchful gaze over students involved in heated debates, and did not report any violence.

“This is ultimately why this is going on,” Lewis said. “It’s an ice breaker to get people talking about these things.”

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Christian youth retreats are said to be some of the most significant events in a teen’s life.  When teens are taken out of their typical environment and put into a different one, the atmosphere is conducive to reflection, decision-making, and significant personal growth.  Unfortunately, not all Christian youths can afford to go to retreats.  However, with a bit of creativity and a little elbow grease, a teen can find a way to earn his way to camp.

Many Christian youth retreats take place over a weekend.  This article, however, will focus on the week-long Christian youth retreats.  These are the ones that teens find “too expensive.”  The first thing to do is determine the actual cost to the camper.  Remember to keep in mind incidentals, like meals and fuel costs.  Once you have the bottom line, check the calendar to see how many weeks there are till the payment due date.  Divide the total due by the number of weeks, and calculate how much cash must be earned or raised each week.  This makes saving for Christian youth retreats seem more possible.  The old adage says you eat an elephant one bite at a time.

Christian youth retreats often offer 3 ways to help a camper afford the cost.  These options include: fund-raisers, reduced fees, and scholarships.   Fund raisers can take the form of the typical door to door product sales, coupon book sales, or raffles.   Still other fund raisers are turned into large events, where the campers volunteer their time to serve at the event, in order to earn money toward Christian youth retreats.

Some families have asked Christian youth retreats and their directors if there is an option of a reduced fee.  Sometimes the camp will accept volunteer work hours at the retreat center as barter for all or part of the week’s stay a Christian camp for the youth retreat.  It is not uncommon that Christian youth retreats offer scholarships to students because they have financial support from donors.

Obviously, the sure way to earn fees for Christian youth retreats is by good old elbow grease.  Teens are able to do many odd jobs.  The typical odd jobs for teens include babysitting, yard work, pet sitting, car washing, and snow shoveling.  But with a little creativity, there is a job for everyone.  It is very rewarding for teens to know that they can earn their own way to any one of many the Christian youth retreats available today.

Mark Dubler is the Executive Director of Otyokwah Camp & Retreat Center and a Christian Youth Retreats expert. Check out our great discounts for first-time groups at Camp Otyokwah.

Mark Dubler has been a leader, host, and participant in camps and retreats for the last twenty years.

I uphold a Christian organization in Texas, and would love to see an enthusiastic, comedic, encouraging speaker to talk to some of these kids. Does anyone have a reference on who is a great motivational speaker, and maybe some contact info? Anything will help. =] Thanks!