Day 2: What if God is bigger?
Theological Summary: God chooses each of us to make God’s love bigger, and today is a day to invite campers to celebrate the ways God’s love can be made bigger by each of them.
Today, campers will…
- learn that God is bigger than what has been and what we imagine will be
- explore the vastness of God’s creation
- discover amazing visions of God’s people that have already come to pass
- wonder about what else they may still discover about God
- claim discovery about God as a journey with no end
Scripture Luke 1:35-55; Focus: Luke 1:46–47
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”
Elementary: The focus today was on Mary’s song of praise and we learned the word Magnificat. We talked about what happens when God’s call to us is not always easy. We had four campers present the first part of the nativity narrative in costume! We watched a fun video of little children telling the nativity story and talked about their understanding of the challenges and joys that Mary faced.
For worship Chaplain Foster shared a personal story about not realizing he wanted to become a priest and how God’s call isn’t always what we expect, but usually turns out really great. Campers were given cards with objects written on them and had to put themselves in order from smallest to largest without sharing what they had. Then we had singing time!
The evening activity was Gold Rush, a crazy camp game with sheriffs, bandits, bankers, and competition between cabins.
Elementary Y-Times (Campers picked one each hour)
9:45 am Horses, Canoeing, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Fishing, Gaga
11:00 am Waterfront, water slide, mud slide
3:45 pm Swing, Horses, Biking, Skateboarding, Shelter Building, Rec Games
Junior High: We started off watching a video showing the size of the universe and how God was bigger than that, but also within all of that, and created us to be a part of that. Our main activity today was building rockets! Each team had 5 kids with a different assigned “disability” (i.e. blind, mute, no right-arm, no hands). They had to build a rocket ship 1 foot tall, that looked like a rocket ship, was transportable, and could carry an egg (“Neil Eggstrong”) through an obstacle course. The focus was that Mary was called to something really big, but she couldn’t have done it without help. So realizing that part of what we’re called to do as Christians is encourage one another, follow God’s plan, and be a part of the world he created.
For worship we did evening prayer. Abby Zimmerman shared a reflection about a time when she hid from God and how she got out of that and grew an even stronger faith.
The evening activity was movie night with popcorn! We watched The Greatest Showman.
Junior High Y-Times (Campers picked one each hour)
11:00 am Tower, Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking, Basketball, Fishing
2:15 pm Arts & Crafts, Biking, Archery, Shelter Building, Waterfront
5:00 pm Swing, Horses, Soccer, Arts & Crafts, Low Ropes, Gaga
Senior High: We started program with a responsive gathering, a Call to Worship. We read the story of Mary and Elizabeth. We talked about how remembering our blessings and being a blessing to others can expand our vision of our circumstance and our vision of God. Everyone took a few minutes to write down blessings in their lives, and some people shared. In family groups, we had the opportunity to write words of blessing to the Junior High campers. We finished program with singing!
For worship we had Eucharist with songs throughout and a guided discussion during the sermon about our fears and how to break out of those fears.
The evening activity was game night and we had the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Everyone was sorted into the 4 houses of Hogwarts, and then they competed in Quidditch, catch the dragon egg, whomping willow, Bertie Botts every flavor beans relay, and Tri-Wizard cup search. Slytherin won the tournament.
Senior High Y-Times (Campers picked one each hour)
9:30 am Arts & Crafts, Swing, Biking, Skateboarding, Outdoor Cooking, Preston Hike
2:15 pm Tower, Canoeing, Adventure Hike, Waterfront, Gaga
3:30 pm Gaga, Basketball, Quad Time, Giant Jenga, Music Practice
Breakfast – pancakes and sausage (there’s also always fruit, cereal and yogurt available)
Lunch – Meatball subs and pasta salad (there’s also always salad)
Afternoon snack – Rice Crispy Treats
Supper – Enchilada casserole, rice, re-fried beans (there’s also always salad)