About Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps, Inc.

Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps Brochure

AWYC, Inc. is the organization that is operating Globe Creek Camp. It was founded in 2000 by our Executive Director, Mike Dynes. The Vision of AWYC is to reach out to youth from all cultures providing outdoor adventure, survival education and promoting proper heart attitudes toward God, their fellowman, themselves and their environment.

Letter from the Executive Director
2010 was the 10th Anniversary of Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps! In the ten years since the vision for a youth camp was birthed in our hearts, we have seen the vision unfolding and developing. It has been very exciting. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful land that has such abundant resources and opportunities. We have watched over the years as industries from oil to tourism have flourished and cities have grown and prospered.

But, what has happened to our youth? Are they flourishing and prospering? Some are doing well, but far too many are entering into lifestyles that will lead them into drugs and alcohol, premarital sex, crime, violence, just to name a few. Many youth are trapped in their city of village with nothing to do, nowhere to go, and with no one who really knows how to care. Has our wealthy state been able to help our youth to a better life? Have all the social programs been able to change our troubled youth?

The purpose for Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps is to provide a place away from the everyday pressures of living where our youth can learn that God has a purpose for their lives, that they are loved, and that they are significant. We will teach them skills for the wilderness and for their lives at home. We will show them that God has a better way--overcoming through faith in Christ Jesus.

Thank you for your participation out at Globe Creek Camp, for helping us to reach these goals.
Mike Dynes
Executive Director
A Short History

History of Globe Creek Camp
By Founder Mike Dynes

Having a place for youth that provides the quality outdoor opportunities and having them near camp is very important to the success and purpose of this Youth Camp. So many of our youth today the sit behind video screens or the television and have no vision for their lives. At Globe Creek Camp, group recreation has an important purpose for all that it does. It takes youth out of their normal life comforts (or traps) and helps them become over-comers in life.  Many youth while at camp find their God given courage and inner strength to make important decisions for themselves that otherwise may have been to hard for them to make.
The vision for this youth camp started in February of 2000. I was the Youth Pastor for my church and felt lead of the Lord to find a piece of land to have a place for the youth to enjoy the Lords great outdoors.  In November of 2000, Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps received our State of Alaska non-profit corporation papers. We immediately applied for forty acres of State land that we found located in the Globe Creek valley. After a lengthily four-year process we acquired the land by being the high bidder at the public outcry auction held September of 2004. Globe Creek Valley was chosen as the site for a year around youth camp and retreat center because of its many outdoor recreational possibilities. Globe Creek is a beautiful fast running mountain stream that meanders through the center of our forty acres. One mile to the north are several mountains with many large granite outcroppings known as Grapefruit Rocks. Hiking trails are already established and the views are inspiring from on top. To the south nine miles is the White Mountains Summit Trail, a popular high alpine mountain trail.

We conducted summer and winter youth camps in various different places prior to acquiring the land at Globe Creek. In June of 2005 the roads, parking lot and building pads were constructed. Construction on the lodge began in August. Building a youth camp from the ground up is a rare thing these days but, thanks to many very generous individuals and businesses, we are nearing the completion of the lodge and two cabins.

2010 marked the 10th year of Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps Inc, as a non-profit corporation.

Board of Directors
  • Dynes
  • Sikma
  • Stoneman
  • Press
  • Johnson
  • McNicol
  • Wetzel
  • Schmude
  • Kuehl

Mike and Marsha Dynes, Board of DirectorsMike and Marsha Dynes are the founders of Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps, Inc. in 2000. Mike was born in Fairbanks. His family homesteaded at 17 Mile Chena Hot Spring Road, after living on the property of the current Camp Liwa! He is a builder who has built and maintained many homes in the Fairbanks-North Pole area. He is a founding Elder of Freedom in Christ Church in North Pole. He has served as Builder, Youth Minister, Children's Minister, Worship Leader. Mike has been married to Marsha since 1984, and both have been ordained as Ministers by Freedom In Christ Church. They have three sons, three grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

Marsha was raised in Washington State. She graduated from Simpson University when it was in San Francisco, majoring in Missions. Moving to Alaska in 1977, she graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, majoring in Music. She has taught piano since 1971 and wrote The Piano Language Method. Marsha has served in Children's Ministry, Worship Team, and Bible Teaching.

In 2000 Mike and Marsha began the process of developing a Christian Camp and Retreat Center. He is the Executive Director of AWYC. Marsha is the Registrar and is working on the website, since Katy Dean became Katy Lundquist--She married Carl Lundquist in January 2010 and moved!

Pastor Rick and Ruth Sikma, Board of DirectorsRick and Ruth Sikma have served Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps as Vice President and as Treasurer. They are ordained by Freedom in Christ Church, where Pastor Rick preaches as the evangelism pastor. They were raised in Iowa, and have been in Alaska since 1980. Pastor Rick graduated from Reformed Bible College, and also attended Gordon Conwell Seminary and Westminster Seminary. Rick has pastored many years, with the Christian Reformed Church and with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Ruth is retired from the Department of Environment Conservation, where she worked as a supervisor for 15 years. They have a ministry called Outpost Evangelism. They have gone to work in Kenya and Uganda, Africa several times. Pastor Rick and Ruth have been married since 1961. They have two children and four grandchildren. He is very active in Alaska with community and political events. Pastor Rick is an avid hunter, and has ministered to the campers many times over the years. His heart is for the spiritual health and well-being of each camper. Ruth is his effective help-mate in the ministry as welll.

Frank and Carol Stone, Board of DirectorsFrank and Carol Stoneman were married in 1969 and have lived in Alaska since they were children. They have two children and five grandchildren. They have been ordained by Freedom in Christ Church, where Frank is one of the founding elders. Carol has retired from Day Care and from working for WIC. Frank is a semi-retired power lineman with Golden Valley Electric Association.

Frank and Carol have been active with Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps since the beginning. Frank has worked to build the camp. His Log Mill has shaped many of the logs for the cabins and the lodge, and his Splitter has prepared much of our firewood for the four wood stoves. He built the bunk beds that are now being enjoyed.

Louis and Linda Press, Board of DirectorsLouie and Linda Press have grown up in Fairbanks, now living in North Pole. They both graduated from Lathrop High School, and have been married since 1981. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. They attend Freedom in Christ Church, where they have served in many ways--Elder, Deacon, Maintenance––and, Linda handles the kitchen with skill! Louis is a retired Air Traffic Controller. They are the owners of All God's Children Daycare. They have served on the AWYC Board of Directors since 2000, and have been wise decision-makers and great supporters of the camp.
Eric and Tina Johnson, Board of DirectorsEric and Tina Johnson have served on the AWYC Board of Directors since 2000. Eric grew up in North Pole, and Tina has been here since she was fifteen. They attend North Pole Worship Center, and supply our subsistance point-of-view for the camp. Eric has strong skills in working with wilderness issues. Tina works for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Eric and Tina have been married since 1979. They have three children and four grandchildren. Eric works as a power lineman. Tina has worked as camp cook. Eric has helped find the heavy equipment we need, finding people to donate their time and skills and materials. He has been a big help with the construction.
Norma Williams, Board of DirectorsNorma McNicol has been one of the creative-idea members of the AWYC Board of Directors since 2000. She was raised in Florida, graduating from Barry International University. She has two children and two grandchildren. Pastor Norma is one of the pastors of Freedom In Christ Church. Her ministry is to work with people and their spiritual needs. She is retired from the Army. Her support of the camp and the decision-making for AWYC has been much appreciated.
Bob and April Wetzel, Board of DirectorsBob and April Wetzel are Board of Director members who actively participate in supporting AWYC with wise decision-making as well as with action. Bob is an elder at Freedom in Christ Church. April has worked as a cook. Bob is a semi-retired welder, and has put together several very important pieces of equipment for AWYC. They have nine children and 16 grandchildren. Their contributions in building the camp have been very valuable.
Aaron and Marla Schmude, Board of DirectorsAaron and Marla Schmude are the newest members of the AWYC Board of Directors. Aaron was active in camp ministry with KANAKUK Kamps as a young adult. He became involved with Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps in 2004 when Louis Press and Mike Dynes went to the open state auction, where they were to bid on the 40 acres of land at Globe Creek. Aaron showed up to pray. He joined the Board of Directors in 2006, and married Marla in 2007. They have two sons. They attend Shelter Bible Church. Marla works at Mt. McKinley Bank. Aaron has worked in several areas. At Globe Creek he has been a camp counselor, has helped direct some of the younger camps, and is working on his degree in counseling. He is also our igloo-constructor extraorinaire!
Lloyd Kuehl, Board of DirectorsLloyd Kuehl has been on the Board of Directors for AWYC since it began in 2000. He has been ordained by Freedom in Christ Church, where he has served as an Elder, a Deacon, and a prayer leader. He has been in Alaska for many years. He has five daughters, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grand children. As a self-employed Tile and Marble contracter, he has been a great support and help in the construction of the new camp. But his wisdom and trust in God's leading on the Board is his greatest contribution.
Purpose, Place and Provision

The Purpose: Globe Creek Camp seeks to provice for spiritual and recreational needs of youth and families. In our fast paced society, youth need a place to relax, experience new adventures and challenges and meet new people in a positive way. In a secure environment away from the normal pressures of every day living, youth can have a chance to move out of their comfort zone, and be challenged spiritually and physically in areas that will benefit them for life.

The Provision: AWYC, operating as Globe Creek Camp is a Non-Profit Corporation. We are funded by the regular tax-deductible donations of individuals, businesses and corporations who want to promote this ministry. Many have donated their time, materials and services to build the camp and to work at its events. Work Teams have come from the Fairbanks area, from Anchorage, and even from Pennsylvania and Texas to bring their skills to Globe Creek Camp. Please consider how you would like to help us in this venture.

The Programs: Globe Creek Camp programs are designed to teach youth biblical principals and truth, encouraging and building confidence in the Lord Jesus to face and overcome life’s challenges. Our Programs have an emphasis on training for wilderness survival and outdoor skills for both summer and winter seasons.

The Place: Globe Creek Camp is a ministry of Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps, Inc. It is located on our very own 40 acres in the beautiful Globe Creek valley. It is about 50 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska at mile 37, Elliott Highway.

The People: Globe Creek Camp has dedicated and talented men and women on its staff and board of directors. Our primary focus is to organize Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps, Inc. so that it can effectively bring youth and families into a broader understanding of who God is.

What We Believe

One True God: Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10 - 11
We believe the one true God has revealed Himself the eternally self-existent "I AM," the creator of Heaven and Earth.

The Lord Jesus Christ: Colossians 1:15-22; I Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Peter 3:18
We believe that Jesus Christ is the "Image of the invisible God" and that in Him "all deity dwells in, bodily form.

We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross as the
substitutionary atonement for sin, His literal bodily resurrection from the dead, His present ministry of intercession in Heaven, and His personal future return to the earth.

The Holy Spirit: John 14:16; Romans 8:14,16; Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin and regenerates, indwells, seals, sets apart, and empowers believers for service and for Holy living and a Holy life.

We believe that "God is at work within us both to will and work to His good pleasure" and that "He will continue to perfect us until the day of Christ Jesus."

The Godhead: Genesis 1:26; John 1:14; 15:26, 17:21; Ephesians 4:4-6.
We believe in the unity and trinity of the Godhead existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are One God having the same nature, attributes, and perfection.

Man: Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:22; Romans 3:23; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 5:12
We believe that man was created in the image of God but was separated from God by sin and shall be judged; And only through the Blood of Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

Salvation: Ephesians 2:8-10; I Corinthians 15:3.4; John 1:12
We believe in salvation by grace, a free gift from God apart from works. Salvation comes through repentance, a turning from one's own way to God's way, and accepting Jesus Christ in personal faith.

The Scriptures: II Timothy 3:15,16,17; II Peter 1:19-:-21
We believe both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible to be the inerrant Holy work of God, inspired in every part by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the revelation of God for the equipping of man and is the supreme and final authority for faith and life.

Christian Camps and Conferences Association Membership
Christian Camps and Conferences Alaska Section Logo CCCA provides valuable resources both for those seeking a Christian camping experience and for those who are leaders at Christian camp/conference ministries. Alaska Wilderness Youth Camps, Inc. is a member of this great nation-wide organization. CCCA has national and state conventions to train our leaders, to help us work along with the other camps in our area, and to answer our many questions.