About Higher Ground

Higher Ground is a Christian Leadership Camp designed to build and equip high school students, ages 14-19, to be Christ-like disciples who will reproduce and multiply to the ends of the earth, until the end of time. Higher Ground training is designed to teach the campers what it means to be a disciple, make disciples, and how they are to be obedient to the commands and instructions given by Jesus. First year campers attend 7 days of camp and will leave the camp for various local service projects. Second year campers attend 14 days of camp for instruction as they put that training into practice in urban and rural environments. Third year campers attend a 7 day international training trip, meeting at their city of Departure. A camper who desires to participate in the Higher Ground Christian Leadership Camp must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Possess a strong desire to grow in his or her faith
  • Be actively involved in roles of service or leadership within his or her church, school, ministry, and community
  • Agree to participate in all training activities (spiritual & physical)
  • Assume personal responsibility for learning and practice while at camp and at home
  • Submit to and follow authority
  • Have a Mentor/Accountability Partner involved in their life


Higher Ground provides a great environment for learning, worship, and interaction in a camp setting for youth who are interested in developing leadership skills. In addition to the facilities at Higher Ground, HG campers will have supervised access to the facilities at the other KAA camps, upon availability.

Higher Ground facilities include:

2 camper cabins (1 male & 1 female)

HG air-conditioned building, housing the office and training/game/group interaction space



Team Building Games

Ropes Courses

Tubing & Swimming

Wilderness Adventures

Bible Studies

Experiential Learning

Intensive Biblical Training including How to Make Disciples

Serving at the other KAA Camps

Local Service Projects (1st Year)

Urban/Rural Training Trip (2nd Year)

International Training Trip (3rd year)


Higher Ground Year 1

“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
— Matthew 4:19

During HG Year 1

  1. We will emphasize the daily devotion (Quiet Time)
  2. The importance on scripture memory
  3. The importance of Spiritual Disciplines
  4. Training, Strategies and tools on how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ

HG 1 Campers attend 7 days of instructional and experiential training, participate in leadership activities, and experience a healthy dose of exciting recreational fun at Kids Across America. Campers will also apply their training to “Follow Me” by serving like Jesus in local service projects. HG Year 1 is offered every session of each summer.

2018 Higher Ground Year 1 Dates

Session 1 | June 3 - June 9
Session 2 | June 10 - July 16
Session 3 | June 17 - June 23

Session 4 | June 24 - June 30
Session 5 | July 1 - July 7

Session 6 | July 8 - July 14
Session 7 | July 15 - July 21

Session 8 | July 22 - July 28
Session 9 | July 29 - August 4

For more information contact or Robin Rankin

Higher Ground Year 2

“Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach.”
— Mark 3:14

The emphasis of HG 2 will be TEAM

T- Teach

E- Equipped

A- Accountability

M- Mission/Ministry Project

HG 2 Campers will attend 14 days of camp as they are trained and equipped through activities using the TEAM approach, and they will also be involved in several fun, faith-building exercises. Within that 14 day period, they will put their training into practice in urban and rural environments. HG Year 2 is offered during KAA sessions 2-3, 5-6 and 8-9.

2018 Higher Ground Year 2 Dates

Session 2/3 | June 10 - June 23
Session 5/6 | July 1 - July 14

Session 8/9 | July 22 - August 4

For more information contact Robin Rankin

Higher Ground Year 3

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
— Acts 1:8

HG 3 is the year of ACTS

A - Accumulative training from the previous year put into action in a foreign nation

C- Co-labor (together with believers from another nation)

T- Teach 

S- Serve

HG 3 Campers will attend a 7 day international training trip, meeting at their city of Departure. That city of departure and the international destination will be announced each year to the eligible campers. Just a few of the possible service sites could be Belize, Haiti or Honduras. HG Year 3 is offered during KAA session 4 and 7, but NOT at the KAA Camp itself.

2018 Higher Ground Year 3 Dates

Session 4 | June 24 - June 30
Session 7 | July 15 - July 21

For more information contact Robin Rankin