About Higher Ground

Higher Ground is a three-year servant leadership training program specifically designed for high school students. Each year is focused on the various development stages of a servant-leader. First year students attend 7 days of summer camp. Second and third year students attend 14 days of summer camp (7 days of instruction and 7 days of experiential learning).  A student who desires to participate in the Higher Ground Servant-Leadership Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Christian (have a relationship with God through 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, and community
  • Agree to participate in all learning activities
  • Assume personal responsibility for learning and practice
  • Have a Christian mentor
  • Be respectful to authority
 

Facilities

Higher Ground provides the essentials in learning and worship areas for the youth interested in intensive servant leadership training. In addition to the facilities at Higher Ground, HG campers may utilize facilities, such as the dining hall, Payne Stewart Memorial practice golf course and pool at other KAA camps.

Higher Ground facilities include:

2 camper cabins (1 male & 1 female)

HG Building featuring offices and meeting space

HG Chapel/Training Center

 

Activities

Bible Studies

Experiential Learning

Intensive Biblical Training

Intensive Servant Leadership Training

Fellowship Opportunities

Local Service Projects (1st Year)

Regional Service Projects (2nd Year)

Missions Abroad (3rd year)

 

Director

Phillip CrawfordHigher Ground Lead Director

Phillip Crawford, affectionately known as PJ, has served as the Higher Ground Lead Director since 2014. He attended the Kanakuk Institute and Perspective's missions course training and completed the KAA Internship Program. PJ holds a master's degree in leadership and ethics.

Higher Ground Year 1

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also should wash one another’s feet.”
— John 13:14

During HG Year 1 campers receive foundational training focused on the love of a servant leader. They experience 7 days of instructional training, leadership activities and a healthy dose of exciting, recreational activities at Kids Across America. Campers also apply the principles of servant-leadership they gain at Higher Ground by participating in a one-day local service project. HG Year 1 is offered during KAA sessions 1,6 and 9.

2017 Higher Ground Year 1 Dates

Session 1: June 4 – June 10
Session 6: July 9 - July 15

Session 9: July 30 - Aug 5

For more information contact PJ Crawford or Robin Rankin


Higher Ground Year 2

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
— John 12:26

At HG Year 2, campers enjoy 14 days of intense, servant leadership training focused on the life of a servant leader.  During the first 7 days they will have instructional training, be involved in missional activities, and several fun faith-stretching events. Following that, campers participate in a 7-day urban mission trip somewhere in the United States. Past trips include St. Louis, MO; Louisville, KY; Tulsa, OK; and Oklahoma City, OK. HG Year 2 is offered during KAA sessions 2-3 and 4-5.

2017 Higher Ground Year 2 Dates

Session 2/3: June 11 - June 24
Session 4/5: June 25 - July 8

For more information contact PJ Crawford or Robin Rankin


Higher Ground Year 3

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”
— John 17:18

During HG Year 3 campers will focus on lessons of a servant leader as they experience 12 days of missional training not on camp grounds.  They begin in St. Louis, MO, where they receive instructional training preparing them for further service. Following that, campers embark on an international mission trip and then return to St. Louis for debriefing and the conclusion of HG Year 3. The international destination varies from year to year; past trips include Belize, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Virgin Islands, and Jamaica. HG Year 3 is offered during KAA sessions 7-8.

2017 Higher Ground Year 3 Dates

Session 7/8: July 17 - July 28

For more information contact PJ Crawford or Robin Rankin