Camp Adventure - Middle School - July 16-21 (2017)

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End of the Week Video!

Our Last Day.

We're sad to be leaving today but incredibly happy to take what we've learned this week and share it with our loved ones! God is so good!

This morning after breakfast and worship we went to the rotation that we missed due to the weather yesterday.

Then after lunch we had our last horizontal hour and began to pick up our cabins. At 2:00 we had pool olympics! We had lots of different water games set up in the valley, behind the pool, and in the pool and our Home In the Woods cabin groups traveled around to each stations and played tons of fun games!

After pool olympics we went back to our cabins and packed up to head home. We cleaned the cabins and enjoyed our last bit of time with our cabin-mates.

We enjoyed pizza for dinner and had one last activity in the valley while we waited for parents to arrive. Once they got here we had a closing ceremony where parents got to worship with us and we watched the end of the week video!

We said our goodbyes and headed home, it has been an incredible week of camp! God has moved in so many lives and we are leaving here changed by radical encounters with our Creator. Glory to God!

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Thursday!

Our last full day began as always with breakfast, morning devotions, and morning worship. We weren't able to go to our morning rotation today because it was raining but we will get to make it up tomorrow!

We went back to our cabins until lunch to wait out the rain and soon it cleared up!

After lunch we had horizontal hour and our two afternoon rotations. We had a great time!



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After dinner we had our last Bible Quiz and then headed outside to do the slip-n-slide!

Evening Worship!

Tonight we sang We Are the Free, Wake, Only King Forever, Spirit Move, and King of My Heart.

Scott talked tonight about how each decision that we make affects history. He used the story of two disciples getting the colt that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on. This is found in Luke 19: 28-32. He told them to go into a town and take a colt and if anyone asked them what they were doing to tell them the Lord needs it.

If the owner of the colt had told them no, the prophecy written years ago about Jesus riding in on a colt might not have come true and people may not have believed that Jesus was actually the Messiah because he didn't fulfill every single prophecy.

Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

We began to talk about how things will be different when we go home after camp. We were encouraged to "Do the right thing right away!" Many of us gave up things this week, addictions, bad habits, and selfish desires. If we go home and slip back into those, even just a couple of times, it is so much harder to stop them completely!

Do the right thing right away!

We also talked about sharing what we have learned here with the people we love back home. This can be hard because sometimes we don't know what to say or how to bring God up in a conversation. Push through when it is hard! Encourage those you love to love the Lord, you can shape lives, families, and histories!

If you know who, but you don't know why, do it anyway

Campers took servant style communion tonight, asking a friend or a counselor if they could serve them and offering them the bread and the cup.

After serving one another we headed out in smaller groups to fire circles where our fantastic staff had a fire waiting and we talked about what we have learned this week, shared testimonies, and loved on one another on our last night together.

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Mid-Week!

The mid-week lull can't get us at camp! Wednesday began with breakfast, morning devotions, and morning worship! Then we headed out to our first rotations!



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After lunch we had two more rotations!


After dinner we enjoyed Bible Quiz and then we got to play messy games in the valley! We had a blast smashing eggs on each other, flipping fruit loops onto whip cream covered faces, playing with shaving cream, and dripping gross oatmeal on each other's heads!




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Campers got hosed off and jumped in the pool for a little bit, then we headed to worship!

Evening Worship!

Tonight we sang Real Love, Oceans, and King Of My Heart.

Tonight we were encouraged not to stop seeking God once we leave camp. We can still worship God without all of the lights and a fantastic band. God is present in little moments of our day and we can worship him wherever we are! Living our lives as disciples of Christ is something that we get to do all year long, not just at camp!

There are three ways that we follow Jesus: deny ourselves, take up their cross daily, and following Him!

Luke 9: 23-24 "Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."

We were asked the question "Are you acting like a disciple or are you just acting?" God doesn't want you to be two different people in two different places, He wants us to be the same person always, a person who loves Him and serves Him well.

After worship campers had a late-night swim with glow sticks and headed back to their cabins for the night!

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Testimony Tuesday!

Another wonderful day started off with another wonderful breakfast after morning devotions!

Morning worship was lovely and then campers headed out to their first rotation of the day!

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Campers came inside for lunch and went to the next two rotations of the day!

After dinner and our game show our campers went to the slip-n-slide! We had a blast!



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Worship!

Tonight we sang Alive,Wake,Fierce, How He Loves, No Longer Slaves, Holy Spirit, and Oceans!

Tonight's sermon was about second chances. The plans that we make for our lives are never as good as God's plan for us. He knows what is best for us and wants to give it to us! We turn away from him constantly though with the words we speak, our bad attitudes, the things we look at online, or the music we listen to. We're human, we will make mistakes.

However, our God is a God of second chances (and third and fourth and fifth!)

When we serve God to the best of our abilities, we bring Him joy. We will still make mistakes and stumble but the Lord gives us so many second chances.; and it's because He loves us!

Tonight, we were called to respond, campers got up and prayed with counselors, directors, and staffed. They confessed some of the things they had been doing that wasn't pleasing to God and got it off of their chest. Then we asked for fogginess for those things!

After worship campers headed back to their cabins for the night!

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Oh Happy Day!

Our first full day of camp turned out spectacularly! We began with breakfast and morning worship. Then, we went out to our first rotations!



After cleaning up from rotations, campers came into Lookout for lunch. Then we had horizontal hour where we nap for an hour after lunch before we headed out for two more afternoon rotations.

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Rotations went well and we came inside again for dinner! Following dinner the staff gets to take campers for a little bit and play a game with them that we call Bible Quiz! Bible Quiz is set up like Jeopardy and has fun categories like "Men of the Bible," "Camp Trivia," and ever a favorite, "Know Your Staff." Campers come up in pairs of two from each cabin and use one another as buzzers to try to answer the questions. The staff has a great time being goofy and letting campers crack jokes, we love Bible Quiz!

Valley games were up next! Campers did relays in the valley tonight where they played with pool noodles, balloons, and wiffle balls and tried to get them to one person to another.

To cool off after playing in the valley, we had an all camp swim! Then it was time for worship!

Evening Worship!

Tonight we sang Real Love, Wake, This We Know, and Dry Bones (Come Alive)!

Scott preached to us tonight about reading the Bible! To grab our attentions he encouraged us not to read our Bibles! Then he explained what he had said saying "Don't read your Bibles! Consume Them!"

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

We boil the word down when we say we should "read the Bible." The Bible is God's word, breathed from the Lord to give us, his servants, encouragement and to equip us for ministry! It's so powerful, why would we just read it? We should treasure it! We should consume it! We should adorn ourselves in the Holy World of God.

In consuming the Word we should ask "God, what do you have for me today?" Scott encouraged us not to read the Bible straight through just to read it, but to see where God sends us in it and to see what words the Lord wants to give us, his treasured loved ones, today as we dive into the Bible.

We will find help in the Word if we seek it!

God knows me and you and us and knows just what we need in every season of our life. He knows our hearts and will give us versus that speak to us in every season!

Joshua 1: 7-9 says, "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

This is not a promise that we will have easy lives if we turn to God. We will still have hurts and things we struggle with but when we take our supplications to God he comforts us and gives us what we need in the way that he knows is best for us. He does this because he cared so deeply about us!

Campfire!

Campers grabbed a snack and went to the valley fire circle to hear the testimonies of some of their counselors and directors.

They spoke from the heart and shared how God is and has previously worked in their lives in miraculous ways and in small incredible ways every day.

Campers went to their cabins for evening devotions and then went to sleep after a great day.

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Welcome To Camp!

Hello! We're looking forward to an incredible week of camp!

Campers started coming in and were greeted by their counselors for the week and their new cabin mates! Check in went smoothly and once everyone had arrived we headed over to the pool for our swim test.

Campers get either a green, yellow, or red bracelet based on their skill level that determines how deep they can go into the pool. Our lifeguards keep a close watch on campers and the wristbands help them to keep campers safe!

Once all of the campers had finished up at the pool we came into Lookout Lodge for our first worship/sermon session together! We went over basic expectations of camp that will keep everyone safe and having a great week and then Scott Green preached about looking versus seeing. He introduced the theme of the summer, "Look!"

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He gave the campers three options for the week: 1. Look 2. Seek 3. Sit and observe. He encouraged campers to keep their eyes open this week and to seek what the Lord has for them! Scott talked about the story of Saul in the Bible and the transformation that began when God blinded him and radically transformed his life. Something like scales fell from Saul's eyes when he accepted the Lord and he began a new journey of looking and seeking God's plan for his life.

After worship campers left Lookout and went stargazing in Asbury field to "look" at God's glorious, beautiful creation. Then they did cabin devotions and went to sleep.

It was a great start to the week and we're praying for great things for the rest of it!

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