Yesterday my intern Katie, 15 elementary youth, and I all arrived at church camp. Upon arrival the kids were CRAZY excited and running around as we were trying to check-in. Katie corralled them to the best of her ability as I did the responsible-adult-paperwork-thing. Once that was completed it was time to load up children and parents and get the kids to their assigned cabins. That process honestly took very little time and next thing I knew the kids were running off to the pool for swim tests and to play and Katie and I were off to our room to unpack.
Unpacking was also quite quick and then we sat there and stared at each other like… Now What? (We had 2.5 hours until dinner which was the first time we were going to see our kids again.) I gave Katie the grande tour of camp, visited the kids in the pool, chased down fly away umbrellas (ask if you want details on that one) and relaxed a bit.
At dinner and throughout the rest of the evening the kids were having a blast with each other and their cabin mates. The excitement and joy on each of their faces was so much fun to watch. Even our first year campers were not shy or nonparticipating. Each of them have attended VBS Day Camp at the church and it shows… they knew the songs we were singing, they were already familiar with the routine, and they were all fiercely independent. (AKA – it’s okay Ariel, you don’t have to sit with us, we’ve got this!)
Today has been awesome so far. The kids are still having a blast. As some of the initial excitement wears off, I’m getting more hugs, more – will you eat with us, and more… are you coming with us to…. “_____” activity??? Katie and I are going to do our best to connect with all three of our groups during activity time this afternoon. (It’s a fun juggling game to spread two people over three groups.)
The only slight bummer is that it rained earlier today and the afternoon forecast is uncertain. Hopefully the torrential downpour is over. For now activities are still on and about to begin… stay tuned for more fun from camp later!!!!
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.