Aicha, Blood Bowl, Bungee Run, a Broken Bus, Snow, and Sin(?)- Just another Jr High Winter Camp

Yesterday we came back from our yearly winter camp and it was definitely an experience unlike I’ve ever had. Here’s a rundown of the weekend.

– On the way up, our bus broke down on the mountain. The radiator started leaking and water was pouring out of the back of the bus. Thankfully, we were in an area where we got cell phone reception. I called the camp up and told them we were stuck and they didn’t have a bus or van to shuttle kids up. but thankfully there was a guy there that had just dropped off a group of kids and he said he’d come down and get us. Total sovereignty of God moment there. So we unloaded our bus, waited for awhile for the bus to get down to us, and then loaded it up, and eventually got to camp 6 hours after we left church. By the way, it took us two and half hours to get home, which is a normal time.

– we get to camp late, missing the first session, but safe and sound. The next day we had two sessions. The sessions were quite odd and shallow, and even the kids noticed that. Then that night was ‘decision night’ and he went through the two sessions without mentioning the word ‘sin’. it was more of a message to have kids turn to God to get rescued from the situations they find themselves in life or from the culture around them. It was a very incomplete Gospel. I was really frustrated because a lot of kids stood up, but didn’t know why. We had one kids who sensed that his relationship with God wasn’t right, and at the end of the night asked us, “So how do you get saved?”.

the speaker gave three alter calls, one to give your life to Christ, one to ‘rededicate’ their life, and another to committ your life to service. I was joking later that he should have given an alter call for those that want to pray or evangelize more. Just keep going until you’ve made everyone in the room stand.

Russ and I talked to the speaker the next morning, and it didn’t go how we thought it would. He said that it was never his intention for it to be a salvation message. This surprised me because that’s almost what camp is all about. And then why would you give an alter call if it wasn’t your intention to preach salvation? He pointed to the logo of the camp that year, and it had words like ‘discipleship’ and ‘love’ and other words on it and he said it didn’t say anything about sin or salvation. Then I pointed to it and said, ‘It says faith!’. How do you come to faith without realizing your sin.

He said his intention was to get the kids to trust God with their lives, and I asked him how that’s possible without dealing with your sin first. He asked me how Christ dealt with the disciples. I said that was a different time and before pentacost, but that Christ still called them to repentance. He kinda rolled his eyes and said, ‘Oh…ok…’ like he was saying ‘you’re one of those dispensationalists’ or something.

The conversation finished with him saying, ‘well, we could go around in circles about this all day.’ Russ and I were a little shocked and we talked to the camp director right after and he said he was surprised that he said that and that he’d talk to the speaker. I guess it ended somewhat well, because in the last session, he talked about sin for the first time and really explained well the day after ‘decision night’.

– one great thing from the weekend was ‘Aicha’, which is a video on It is basically this freshman aged kid singing to this girl named Aicha and then adding this fantastic dance at the end. you should find it and check it out. Now the song is stuck in all our minds. Also, search for ‘numa numa’ and watch the video. just funny stuffy.

– our team made me very proud, as we once again walked away with the Rec Time Title. The thing is, though, is that we did it with our 7th graders, who are mostly all smaller than the wife. Our boys were slit into two groups, and it was basically our 7th graders on one team and the big 8th graders on the other. We ended up teamed up with a group of awesome girls from another church. They were so hardcore and together we almost swept every game we played, and we won every spirit award we could. Our other boys and our girls’ teams tied for 3rd. Our tiny tirants just whooped up on everyone. It was funny when they announced it beacuse all the little guys jumped up and you could almost sense that everyone was thinking, ‘they won the rec time?!’ Good times…

Well, we got back down the mountain in one piece (just one girl with a sprained ankle acquired in a cabin incident). It was a good weekend and it was really good to see a lot of the kids use discernment and recognize when they were hearing something that wasn’t right and not being content with the shallow teaching. that at least told me that they have been paying attention when we teach them.


11 comments on “Aicha, Blood Bowl, Bungee Run, a Broken Bus, Snow, and Sin(?)- Just another Jr High Winter Camp

  1. Beth'sMomToo says:

    So what was the Bungee Run and the Blood Bowl? (dare I ask)

    It’s disturbing to hear someone satisfied giving a “man-centered” seeker message – but that’s what it sounded like. Kudos for the kids who realized it! And at least those that didn’t get it knew to talk to you or Russ to get answers. Is this the same camp you usually go to? You should send a follow-up letter encouraging them to not use such a speaker again.

    Congrats on spelling “definitely” correctly. Now start working on “altar” and “Pentecost”. I know…I know…is the woman NEVER satisfied?!

  2. Jen says:

    I think he spelled split wrong too…or did I read the sentence wrong? 🙂

    Ahh…snow camp (oh, I mean winter camp) what fun is winter camp? We used to have mud camp at WOL. that was back in the day!

    So, the question is…how do I get Abby out there for youth group once a week? hmmm….she would love it! hey maybe YOU could move here! just a thought! 🙂

    Glad that you had a great time and that you are teaching your kids so well that they can tell when it is right/wrong…teaching them to think for themselves and really believe what you are teaching them as truth, and getting them excited about it. That is good stuff Tim.

  3. Beth says:

    Tim- I believe in free-spelling- keep up the good work!

    Is this camp at Hume Lake? Sounds like the speaker was like a Billy Graham TV special. That’s cool that your kids picked up on it though. I’m sure the camp was confident he would preach the word, so I wonder how the guy got the job.

  4. Ian says:

    Do you remember the Snow Camp up at Victory when the bus broke down less tha half way up the hill and we all walked the rest of the way in the dark? Good times….

  5. T-Bone says:

    yeah, that was my first year, when I was in 7th grade. I was all excited that I got to go and was out infront of everyone walking up the hill and I walked up someone’s driveway thinking it was the camp, and got close enough to see inside the house and people eating dinner, knowing that wasn’t the camp.

    but the better time was when we got stranded up there an extra day. I remember Tim Boynton had stayed up the night before pranking everyone, thinking it was the last night. But the next night we all got him back because he was too tired to stay awake. I just remember him saying, “Hey Rogah! Go to sleep so I can getcha!”

  6. Ian says:

    Was that the time we (well, you. I was a responsible youth leader at the time 😛 ) wrapped him up in the carpet and stuck him in the shower? Or was that Chris Casoni. I remember he got it really bad one year. Who did we, sorry, you guys duct tape to the bed?

  7. T-Bone says:

    that was Casoni. His first year we ‘baptized’ him. We got there, wrapped him in that disgusting bath mat, and threw him in the shower. Then we got him at night and were duct taping him to the bed post, but had to stop because he was crying for his mom and his dad made us stop. then, about half and hour before we were leaving, we duct taped Caleb Button’s belongings to the ceiling. that was a good one. He came in and all his stuff was hanging from the ceiling. good times. That was all my senior year, I think. Ben and i wanted to go out on top.

  8. T-Bone says:

    oh, we also went and made a ton of copies of Chris’ baby and toddler pics and wrote quotes and comments on them, and hung them everywhere. that was fun, too.

  9. Beth'sMomToo says:

    You guys will be interested to hear that your positive influence on Chris has paid off in dividends. He has changed his college major to pre-seminary! He just got the Loren Murray Scholarship (along with Stephen Crabb) for this year. On the other hand, it IS a little scary to think of the three of you as Pastors. 😉 Maybe you can visit each other’s congregations and tell embarrassing stories.

    And -I- remember the time you spent an extra night at Snow Camp. We had Eric with us while his folks were up there with you. He was sleeping in your bed, Tim, listening to games on the radio and looking at all those sports pictures you plastered your room with. He thought it was quite the experience, until he heard his parents weren’t coming back when they were supposed to. He was still pretty young and I remember doing everything I could think of to distract him and make him happy.

  10. Jen says:

    Yeah, I remember that year too, we had 1 or 2 of her kids… NO FUN! that is for sure. My kids would throw a party if they knew we were coming home a day late! I think I have brought them up to be a little more independant! Mom who??
    Eric has a good story from snow camp this year! They had cell phones with them! and someone called the wrong number at 2AM and it just happened to be to the Pastor of CBC. (one of our own) OOPS!! get the full story from Eric! It is good…We never had phones. Well, we did one year, we were bumped into the new dorms and there were phones in there they were more like a hotel than a dorm room! The guys were in one and we were in the other… Ian do you remember that? We made calls all night that was fun!
    Who would have ever tought Chris Casoni??? I am soo happy that he has changed his major! He will be great at it! My dad actually got a little teary. He was thrilled…remembering the years he had him in VBS and thinking no way is this kid going to do anything with his life and now look!!
    God is Good!

  11. Beth'sMomToo says:

    Never stop praying for these guys…we all are vulnerable. May they someday hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” It will take fervent prayer to get them..and us..that far.

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