Friday @ Camp

Friday, Day 6: What If We Change the World?

Theological Summary: Jesus encourages us to embrace the ways that God wants to use us to make the world a better place.

Today, campers will…

  • learn that responding to God’s call can make a difference
  • imagine the world as God intends
  • learn that God’s Spirit is alive in us
  • find their community’s support in changing the world

Scripture Matthew 5:13-16, Focus: Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

ALL campers and staff got an award on Friday to celebrate their unique gifts to the week of camp.

Elementary: We explored our call to be “salt and light” through sharing their ideas of the changes they’d like to make in the world today, what it will take to make those changes, and what the challenges will be in making those changes. Campers enjoyed singing their favorite camp songs, wrote letters of encouragement to themselves and made “Let Your Light Shine (glow-in-the-dark) Slime.” Is been an awesome week together exploring all the ways God is even bigger and more wonderful than we’ve ever imagined!

The evening activity was the talent show!

9:45 am Horses, Canoeing, Archery, Arts& Crafts, Fishing, Gaga
11:00 am Waterfront
3:45 pm Swing, Skateboarding, Biking, Horses, Shelter Building, Rec Games

Junior High: Campers spent Friday talking about how they can change the world. We watched a video about identity and discussed what it means to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Campers then broke off into family groups to share the encouragement from Thursday that spoke to them most. We ended with a large group game of charades where family groups acted out the way their group planned to change the world. Some were putting an end to bullying, others donating to charity, and others making an effort to spread joy and affirmation. Eucharist was later celebrated by Fr. Andrew O’Connor, who gave an amazing reflection on our ability to make a difference in the world. The evening activity was the dance!

11:00 am Tower, Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking, Basketball, Fishing
2:15 pm Arts & Crafts, Biking, Archery, Shelter Building, Waterfront, Star Wars Role Playing Part 2
5:00 pm Swing, Horses, Soccer, Arts & Crafts, Gaga, Low Ropes, Star Wars Role Playing Part 2

Senior High: We  wrapped up our week of programming with the question: What If We Change the World? As family groups, we imagined what the future could look like in regards to themes of injustice, inequality, and suffering in the world. We then thought about how we can be a light to change the world in our circles of influence. We had a time of personal reflection where each student was given a small candle. On the candle they wrote how they are going to change their world when they get home. We ended program singing Live Your Mission.

In worship, we had our Senior High Eucharist at High-Y. Students were active leaders in the service, leading music, being chalice bearers, reading, leading the prayers of the people, and more. Mother Kelly gave a powerful sermon reminding each of us of our worth and value and emphasizing that each of us has Kingdom work that God has given for us to do. At the conclusion of the service, graduating seniors stayed up at High-Y to reflect on their extensive camp experience.

We also had the “Senior Game Show” where we asked graduating seniors about their favorite camp memories and to give advice to younger campers. At dinner, all the senior high tables were moved out onto the Ritchie patio overlooking the lake for the “Senior Banquet.” The evening activity was the dance!

9:30 am Swing, Arts & Crafts, Biking, Skateboarding, Outdoor Cooking, Preston Hike
2:15 pm Horses, Tower, Canoeing, Adventure Hike, Gaga, Ultimate frisbee
3:30 pm Quad Time, Gaga, Dodgeball, setting up for the Senior Banquet, getting ready for the senior banquet/dance

Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
Lunch: Sloppy Joes, Bean Salad
Snack: Ice Pops
Supper: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Rolls, and Cake


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