The Best Travel Apps for Summer Camp

Here is a list of travel apps you need before heading to summer camp. Summer camp often means traveling  and you don’t want to be caught unprepared here is a  list of youth ministry travel apps that you don’t want to be without.

GroupMe10. Group Me: Is a really great app. It enables you to text a large group of people all at once. You can only text a group of 25 so that can be somewhat limiting especially if you add in parents to the list but it is a great way to communicate quickly and efficiently. This can can easily be  overcome by simply segmenting into groups or if you e-mail Group Me at they are willing to raise the number for responsible users.

autorap9. Autorap: This is a cool little app to use with your students, you simply begin by hitting the record button and then start talking. After you hit the stop button the app begins mixing the song and then you can play it back when the song is completely. This app can make for some really funny youth ministry moments.

8. Weather + Free: This is a great travel app and it will help you to not only figure out what to wear for the day, but it can really help in a pinch. How many of us have been in a field with kids when storm clouds roll over the horizon, and you begin to wonder if it is going to thunder and lighting, this app can help help with that. weather+free-iphone-app

instagram7. Instagram: I know Instagram has a bad rap with some people, but it is cool app. You can take all sorts of great pictures with it and make them look you were taking it with a camera from the 70s. But what is really cool is parents can follow you and see pictures of their students at summer camp. Just be sure ask permission before taking a picture on a worksite.

6.Google Translate: If you are traveling in a foreign country it is probably a good idea to be familiar with Google Translate. Google Translate is a travel app that translates foreign languages. It obviously has some limitations, but it can really help in a pinch, especially if you don’t know the local language. googletranslate

5. Gas Buddy: Gas Buddy is a great travel app, especially if you are traveling some distance to summer camp. Gas Buddy helps you find the cheapest prices for fuel in your area but it also helps you see all of the closest gast stations, which is really helpful if you are unfamiliar with the area. FREE-GasBuddy-App

4. Logos: Logos is one of my favorite apps, I encourage all of my students to download it. It is a great way to read scripture when you don’t have your bible handy, it has several different translations, and you can even highlight and ear mark scripture. My students love it because they always have a bible with them. logos

3. Pandora: This app is great for youth ministry, Pandora streams music to your phone. It is great if you need some background music before an event, simply type in your favorite artist and it will pick similar music for you. It gets even better if you pay for the annual fee of $36 and you get the music add free.  Just be careful if you don’t have unlimited data, this is a streaming service.

2. Around Me: This is one fo the best youth ministry travel apps. I often use this app when I am in an unfamiliar location. Around me works by either manually putting in your zip code or allowing the app to locate your position. After the app has located your position, it gives you a category list and tells you all the places in the area. It is great for finding the nearest Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts when you are away with your students. aroundme

1. Ice Breaker Questions: Fun App, it will set you back .99 so look through the youth group couch cushions before buying it. But the app simply asks ice breaker questions. It has three different settings kids, teenagers, and adults. It is great for breaking the ice during small groups or during a youth ministry event. icebreakerquestions

Enjoy the travel apps, I would to hear your favorite apps!




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