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Reflecting on Church Camp

Jun 19, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Life Kids, Life Students, Videos  //  No Comments

We just finished up 2 1/2 weeks of church camps at Alabama Christian Service Camp, and we are now getting ready for the rest of our summer activities. This is a good time to reflect on how things went at camp this year.

THE GOOD

Lifebridge sent about 25 kids to the 3 camps combined, which was a good turnout this year. We took some visitors and some old friends who had moved out of town. All the kids had a great time, and really seemed to come home more focused on following Jesus. The adults who came as chaperones all had great attitudes, and the “New Life” team from Florida Christian College was AMAZING. Everyone worked hard to make camp a great experience for all.

THE BAD

A number of things broke or had problems at camp. The Air Conditioner was totally out the very first day of First Chance Camp. The pool pump had a few issues. The water pump that sent water from the well to the building went out in the middle of Junior Camp. One of our adult chaperones had a broken windshield and transmission problems while driving home from First Chance camp. Our camp cook was not able to return for Senior Camp because she broke her fingers and nose the day before Senior Camp. We had 2 more counselors that had to leave in the middle of Senior Camp because one of them was sick.

THE UGLY

There were some issues getting our dumpster picked up, so we had a nice pile of smelly trash in the camp parking lot when camp ended. Also, when the water pump broke at Junior Camp, no one could shower for the last 36 hours. The water pump liked to go out right when we were in the middle of the slip-n-slide, and everyone was covered in mud.

GOD AT WORK

We had to make many adjustments on the fly at camp this year, and there were definitely some setbacks that made things more difficult. It would be easy to look at all the things that went wrong and say that camp was a failure or camp was more trouble than it was worth, but anytime that kids come together and loudly proclaim that they want to live their lives for Jesus, I count that a successful experience. Anytime that young lives are changed for the better, and kids and teens go home better equipped and more excited to put God first in their lives, it is worth all the obstacles that we had to overcome. God was at work through the troubles, and God was at work helping us to overcome everything that tried to get in the way of a great camp experience.

Parents, ask your children what they learned at camp, and encourage them to not let their spiritual growth be a momentary mountain-top experience.

Here is a video of the Life Students at Senior Week Camp 2012:

Here is a video playlist of videos that were shown throughout the week at Senior Camp 2012: