Kids go to camp. Many go to more than one.
Yesterday at church I called for all the kids who were going to Camp Bandina to come on stage. There were 92 of them. I offered a prayer of blessing and then moms and dads got their kids and their stuff on two huge, beautiful busses and off to camp they went.
I saw a few parents with a few tears and a few parents running to their cars in freedom.
With 350 total campers and 80 adults to serve them there will be an outpouring of love and faith; an amazing experience of friendship and fellowship.
Here are nine thoughts about the “9” in “92”
- nine are first time campers
- nine will miss home and want to call mom or dad
- nine will develop a crush on someone
- nine will make friends with kids from other places
- nine will deepen friendships within our group of 92
- nine will have life-affecting conversations with their counselor
- nine will come home thinking about their futures for the first time
- nine will make some kind a decision about who they are with God
- nine will return a bit sad because it’s their last year at Camp Bandina
We have excellent people at the camp this week. People who will guide the campers well, who will model Christ for them, share their lives with them and be available at all hours of the day and night.
Camp is for having fun and the campers will have a blast. But camp is also for disconnecting from their tech, from gaming systems, cell phones and tablets. It’s a week of discovery about themselves, others and God. It’s a week of personal connection. A time when their hearts and minds will be open, available and receptive to healthy influence.
May God bless them all.
I loved camp.