Sunday is not always the most fun day because we have to go over A LOT of rules for the camp in order to keep everyone safe, comfortable and informed. Sunday night’s dinner was chicken nuggets, roasted potatoes, green beans, and salad (which is available at every lunch and supper).
Elementary campers do their swim test on Sunday afternoon to determine their swimming ability. After dinner they played some games in front of dining hall while they waited for the next activity. During program time, they got to sing a little bit, then they spent time with their cabin and counselors making a “cabin covenant” that they will all agree to live by this week to make it a pleasant experience. They got to explore camp, most of our campers went on a hike. After it got dark, some of the girls found a huge group of fireflies behind their cabin and had fun running around catching them. Each cabin has activities to do together at the very end of the day to review that day.
Junior High and Senior High had time to start program tonight, Elementary will start tomorrow. Today’s program’s scripture story is Joshua 4. The Scripture Focus is Joshua 4:7, “[T]hen you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever.”
Theological Summary: What do these stones mean? We mark special places as sacred and give ourselves reminders of our relationship to place. It can be anywhere we notice and are aware of God’s presence with us.
- connect with the place, and explore the value of sacred space
- understand that they follow in the footsteps of believers who came before them
- discover the importance of asking questions as they learn about God
- learn how the story of God is passed from one generation to the next
Junior High reviewed their rules in the afternoon. Then after dinner they had Eucharist and their first family group time. Family groups are small groups with a diverse representation of campers put together for discussion and activities. Each family group made their own “stone” (out of a yoga block) which links to the Joshua reading for today. They brought those stones back to the meeting space to build an altar out of them which was used for the Eucharist. Each cabin has activities to do together at the very end of the day to review that day.
Senior High reviewed the community covenant in the afternoon and signed up for Monday’s Y-Times. We made markers of home to symbolize who we are (the identity we bring to camp) and talked about those in our family groups. Family groups are small groups with a diverse representation of campers put together for discussion and activities. We talked about how markers and symbols that seem obvious to us can seem mysterious to others. Senior High campers are using clips from the movie Arrival as a metaphor for the program theme each day. We closed with Compline and camp fire time. Each cabin has activities to do together at the very end of the day to review that day.