Last night in chapel, Joe sent campers to go look at nature as a cabin for a while, and then gave them some time for reflective silence as they considered how they saw God in Creation and what nature had to teach them about God. Campers had the chance to share some of the things they learned.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Read the passages Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19-1-4. God is not nature, but nature reminds us of who God is and displays His attributes. Take a walk with your camper, or just sit outside with them, and take turns thinking of things in Creation that remind you of truths about the Creator. This is a great time to just enjoy God and to dwell on those truths together.
Joe went on to explain that God wants to reveal Himself to us, in good and bad times. He is not hiding from us, but He does want us to pursue Him and pay attention. There are lots of things in the world that can distract us and keep us from seeing God. These things aren’t necessarily bad, but they become bad if they get in the way of God revealing Himself to us.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Joe talked about James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” God gives us good things that reflect His goodness. Joe asked campers to reflect on the following: What is one good and perfect gift in your life that is evidence of God’s goodness to you? What ultimately directs your attention to God because He put that good thing in your life? How does James 1:17 apply to your life? “God wants to reveal Himself to me.” He’s not hiding, but He’s also not out in the wide open. We have to pay attention – His fingerprints are everywhere. What is it that you have to start doing or stop doing in order to see and hear from Him? Take some time to talk to your camper about their answers to these questions.
Today was SLEEP-IN DAY! Campers and staff got an extra hour of sleep this morning, and it was wonderful. It is the last full day of Camp, and these campers have been playing hard and learning a lot – it was good to get some extra rest before another great day at Camp.
The day started off like every morning at Camp – Wake-Up Bell, Polar Dip, Flag Raising, and Breakfast! Campers hurried back to their cabins to do some cleaning. Then it was time for TAG Time – campers get some time every morning to dig into God’s Word, pray, and just be quiet outside (TAG Time stands for Time Alone with God).
Then it was time for our last Morning Chapel sessions (split guys and girls), followed by some late morning Free Time before lunch. Today’s lunch was hamburgers (with all the fixings), fries, apples, and chocolate malts. Then another Mail Call skit.
Clinics and Seminars was next, followed by FREE TIME! Today was really sunny and very hot, so the waterfront was super busy. Lots of campers out on the Raft, the deep and shallow watermats, and the Rock-It! And we had quite a few Corcl-ers today too! Corcls are a cool little water toy/boat that campers can use in a designated spot close to the swimming area. These are the only watercraft that campers can jump in and out of, but the real trick is figuring out how to stand up in one!
Today was the last chance to ride the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline or play Laser Tag. There were also lots of campers in the Craft Room today, working on the Craft of the Day (decorating clipboards with paint or washi tape) or on other crafts from throughout the week.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Did your camper make a craft during their week at Camp? Have them teach you how it was done. If your camper made a Tie-Dye shirt or another Tie-Dye item, take a pic and share it with us! You can use the hashtag #CLtiedye, and tag us so that we can see it.
When Free Time was over, it was time for PIZZA NIGHT! The last night of Camp is usually a big pizza party, with meat and cheese pizza options, salad, and cheesecake dessert. After dinner, campers had the last Chapel of the week – we will recap that chapel in our final blog post tomorrow!
Our last night of Camp always ends with the Campfire Trek out to Bass Point. We’ll hear another word from Joe, sing some crazy Camp songs, play a final round of Gorilla Gets the Man, and maybe even go on a Lion Hunt! We will share more from tonight in tomorrow’s blog. Parents arrive tomorrow for the Closing Rally – we can’t wait to share all of the memories with you!
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TAKE CAMP HOME: We’ve created a document that can help you have conversations with your camper about their week at Camp! Check it out here.