Mega Camp 2016 – Thursday morning

Wednesday’s Mark of Mission was: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth (Treasure).

Wednesday night is always our Mega Eucharist at High-Y. Bishop Wolfe was here to preside over the service with all three age groups. There were readers, ushers, chalice bearers, oblation bearers and musicians from all three age-groups. Prior to the service we take groups photos of each parish and a large group photo of everyone. These are available to view on Facebook:

Elementary Y-Times were: Canoeing, Archery, 9-Square, Stream Exploration, Basketball, Outdoor Cooking, Waterfront, Horses, Biking, Swing, Arts & Crafts, Rec Games, and Fishing. The hour before dinner, they played Counselor Hunt and ate s’mores.

During program, counselors acted out “How God Made the World.” Talking points included: One way we “witness” is by caring for creation. We must be involved in issues that affect our world (energy use, water scarcity, deforestation, oil & mineral extraction, global warming, recycling, others?). When we care for creation, we show respect to God, we become witnesses. They watched this YouTube clip: “The Girl Who Silenced the World For 6 Minutes” and then did a guided meditation and an activity to demonstrate overcrowding. In family groups they talked about the “footprint” we all have on the earth, made paper footprints as a demonstration, and did energy audits of all the buildings on camp.

Junior High Y-Times were: horses, tower, biking, cricket, tennis, arts & crafts, waterfront, outdoor cooking, swing, fishing, ultimate Frisbee, and gaga. Campers played a quick game of Gold Rush in the hour before dinner.

During program, Junior High talked about creation and how we are all made in the image of God. The diversity of the world shows God’s creativity. When we are creative we’re living out what it means to be made in the image of God. Campers then used their creativity with sidewalk chalk to draw stuff they love or aspects of God’s creation they love.

Senior High Y-Times were: horses, biking, swing, tye-dye, paintball, bump-on-a-log, waterfront, archery, soccer, fishing, cardboard boat building, music rehearsal, trivia, pickle ball, barn games, hiking, and finger painting. The Cardboard Boat Regatta Race was right before dinner. There were 5 boats and 3 heats, and the ultimate winner was the Comrade with Captain Jeremiah Shipman and crew of Emma Hahn, Christina Hand, and Kayleigh Lewis. They were presented with their duct tape trophy during dinner.

Question of the Day – Who is someone you know who you would consider an environmentalist? Why?

Video – Colors of the Wind – Pocahontas

We talked about the first chapter of Genesis, the order in which God created everything and how after He created each thing He said it was “good” but when God created man He said it was “very good.” God created this whole world including us and then gave this creation to our keeping.

In family groups, each camper made a representation of something they “treasure” out of model magic. Then, we traded our treasures with another person and asked that person to take care of our treasure for the next 24 hours.

Wednesday lunch was fajitas, supper was forkless spaghetti, Thursday breakfast was ham, egg, and cheese English muffin sandwiches.


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