Boot Camp Q & A: David Arthur

We got the privilege to talk to some past boot campers and ask them a few questions about their experience at Precept’s boot camps. We hope you will enjoy!

Boot Camp Q & A: David Arthur


David Arthur, CEO of Precept Ministries International

David Arthur, CEO of Precept Ministries International


What years did you go to Boot Camp?

 I was in the very first boot camp. I was probably about 10 years old! I was involved with boot camp just about
every year there after.

 Do you remember what you studied the years you were here? What were they?

 We didn’t always do a course. There were years in which we simply had lessons taught by speakers.

 Which one was your favorite? Why?

 I have to say it was the year I became a believer! Al Whittinghill and Mom were the speakers that year. I was 13 years old. I remember watching Al pray and it hit me – he is actually talking to someone!! But then I realized I did not know the Lord myself. God set my heart free that night –and I have been running in His path ever since (Ps 119:32)

 Do you still keep in touch with people from camp? What are those friendships like now?

 I am constantly running into folks now that attended boot camp. Its always fun to recall the “good old days”

What are some of the most memorable moments from boot camp for you?

My salvation.

The famous obstacle course! We had an amazing course back in the day. It would not be allowed now due to insurance regs… We had a 20 foot tall rope climb with a bell to ring on the top. A wall to climb over, a huge spider net web to climb through – and of course the chariot!! Many folks experienced road rash pulling that baby!

Capture the flag. Epic games – hours long in the dark of night – camo, crazy strategies, swimming/hiding in the creek.. again lots of bruises and scrapes.

Skit night! Kristen Miller Hammel as the clumsy girl off SNL – classic! Stephen Hinkle as the grown boy from Mad TV – “watch what I can do!”

The awesome slip and slide. Again another insurance nightmare!

Do you believe that others should attend boot camp? Why or why not?

YES!! It is a well designed program to connect you to God, His word and other believing teens.

What advice would you give to those that are thinking about coming to boot camp?

Recognize it’s a commitment. It will take discipline and faithfulness to fully benefit. Then sign up!
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