It’s the third day of Adventurers camp! Campers got up this morning and, some of them, jumped into the chilly lake for the second Polar Dip of the week! Campers who do it every morning this week will get a prize during the Closing Rally.
Then campers headed down to the Dining Hall for some breakfast, before going back to their cabins with their counselor to clean the cabin. Then it was time for some morning Free-Time, which lets campers choose from a variety of supervised options, like fishing, playing Wiffleball, crafting, and going on nature hikes.
Morning Chapel – Bobber Bill talked about The Creator’s Gift! We learned 3 Big Truths about the Creator (reading from John 1:1-18; 3:16-18). We learned that the Creator’s name is Jesus, and that the Creator became Human (“The Word became flesh”), and the Creator came to SAVE us! Bobber Bill told The Wall Story to illustrate how Jesus came to take our place on the Cross.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Ask your camper to tell you the story about the Wall. What kinds of animals were in the story? What happened to the animals when the found the wall? How did the story end?
For lunch today, campers had Tacos in a Boat, with fruit for dessert. Then it was time to watch a skit, where the campers once more got to meet the summer characters. They have been following the story of these characters all week.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Ask your camper about the skits. What were the summer characters’ names? What were they trying to do? Can your camper tell you the story and what happened with the characters during the whole week?
Then it was time to put their toes-up during “Toes-Up Time,” a chance for campers to go back to their cabins and open their mail, and take a little break. This gives campers a little bit of rest and quiet time before all of the activity of afternoon Free Time!
There was a big game before Free Time started today, called “Pillowcase Scavenger Hunt.” Each cabin took a pillowcase and filled it with random items from their cabin and brought it down to the chapel. They had to match up items they brought with a secret list that the staff had created. When their item matched an item on the staff list, the cabin got a point!
And then, FREE TIME! It was a beautiful, sunny day today, and very warm. Campers were encouraged to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen as they ran around and enjoyed the wonderful weather. The waterfront was super busy, with tons of splashing and playing in the sand, on the slide, and on the watermat.
There were also lots of campers on the fishing docks (the fish have sure been biting this week!), trying to catch the biggest fish they can to put up on the Fishing Tournament poster. We are so thankful to have so many volunteers helping out at the fishing docks, helping campers bait their hooks, take fish off of hooks, and measure fish for the tournament.
Then it was time for PIZZA DINNER, followed by Chapel! Bobber Bill told us about how the Creator is STILL creating. He is holding the universe together, He is creating new life, and He is making new creations! (2 Corinthians 5:17). He is also getting Heaven ready for us (John 14:1-4). Campers learned that, since God is the Awesome Creator, we can know that God can always be trusted, God loves life (so should we!), and God fixes broken lives.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Talk to your camper about being a new creation. What does it mean to be made new? How is Jesus making us new every day? Then talk about how God can be trusted, because He created us. What is something that you and your camper can pray about and trust Jesus for together?
The biggest even of our Tuesday evening was the Campfire Trek! We took a long hike in the gorgeous sunset out to Bass Point, where the staff had built a campfire. We sang some of our favorite songs from the week, played another round of Gorilla Gets the Man, and heard Bobber Bill tell another story! Then we went on a Lion Hunt!
It was a great day – but we can’t wait to start again tomorrow! Parents arrive to pick their campers up, and these kids are so excited to tell all about the amazing week they have had. Praise God!