Surviving Summer Camps

We just got back from 11 days straight of camps and we are ready for a break! For jr high we took about 30 kids to a camp where we run everything. We do banana boating, jetskiing, alpine and water slides, mini golf, go-carts, played football and frisbee, and more. Our theme was “Run the Race” from Hebrews 12:1-2. We had a chapel time every morning and evening. I’d include some pics, but it isn’t letting me.

For those of you who don’t know, a couple weeks ago we bought a 99 Corolla and we definitely broke it in the past couple of weeks. Kind of literally. There is this stump that is not marked in the parking lot of the Lodge we were staying at and I sort of backed into it not knowing it was there. It crunched up my muffler. It dislocated the pipe from the manifold and the exhaust was leaking from the front. I decided I couldn’t drive down with Leah in the car so I went down during the day on Friday and got it fixed and drove back up in time for dinner and evening chapel.

Then Saturday we drove back down at night and left the next morning for Hume Lake with the high schoolers. I love Hume because I don’t have to do much and we just get to hang out with the kids and relax. It ended up being really good for Leah because she didn’t have to cook, got to nap whenever she could, and didn’t have any responsibilities.

The speaker for the week was Francis Chan. If there was a speaker I could choose for a camp he’d be one of my first choices. The kids discovered new depths to the love of God and greater lengthes to the majesty of God. It was awesome to see some of the kids react mentally and worship God for the first time. there were some kids that I just wasn’t used to seeing worship and they were standing raising their hands in worship. it was an awesome sight.

Hume has all kinds of things for people to do. Our group loves playing frisbee golf. My previous record was playing 99 holes in the week. This time I played 108, but due to unforseen problems I got to play 126.

Well, it kind of sputtered at the end because there were problems with the bus company. There was miscommunication and they had down that they were picking us up a day later than they were supposed to. So there was no way we could leave so we ended up staying an extra day. We had the whole camp to ourselves and we ended the time with a campfire and had some smores and worshipped. the kids had such a great desire to worship the Lord and wanted to do it every night. We couldn’t do it the last two nights of camp and this provided an opportunity to do so.

Camp was great and now its back to the real world and back to work. I start seminary again next week, and hopefully this will be the last fall that I will be in school for a very long time.

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2 comments on “Surviving Summer Camps

  1. J.R. Freiberg says:

    How exciting to see your kids have a hunger to worship! What an honor it is to be in ministry and watch the Lord work!

    see you soon at TMS

  2. Beth'sMomToo says:

    108, huh? Interesting number…. 😉

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