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Day 5


 

DSC_0097  “Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!” All the kids played a partner and if they won, found another partner to play until there were only a couple of them left. Fun and simple way to start off the day! The most entertaining part for us all was seeing two counselors called up to choose out of 6 cups a yucky mixture of food such as an animal cracker with ranch dressing. Whoever ate every last bit of it from the cup won. It was a tie! Worship time was really good as they sung “You Are My Legacy” and learned what legacy meant. Pastor Jacob spoke to the kids about how it doesn’t matter what you wear or look like on the outside because that can’t change who you are on the inside. It doesn’t matter if you dress up like a rock star, who you are inside is what matters! He gave them an invitation to accept Jesus in their hearts! The kids have definitely been showing the joy that shines through and changing them from the inside out this week.
DSC_0233They learned more Bible stories in devotions and had lunch where they chanted “JC be bout it and I’m gonna shout it, its bout to get ROWDY, its about to get ROWDY!” Archery had fun blowing up balloons and hanging them up to use them as targets to shoot with their bows and arrows! Apparently there was a silly camouflage monster showing up at the different activities and paying with the kids. The kids had a blast figuring out who the silly monster happened to be.You can find out by looking at the photo album on Facebook.
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The kids practiced for youth production and were really excited to show the music they made, the drama play, play beats for stomp, and sing their songs.
It was so good to see all your lovely faces light up as the kids received awards and got to show you what they had been doing during camp! We had a fun and exciting week and can’t wait to see you all next year!

 
God Bless!
Hannah

 

 

 


Camper + Staff Interviews


 

 

DSC_0078Josue | Age 7 | Nashville, TN | 2nd year          

Daniel | Age 9 | Nashville, TN | 3rd year

How did you both here about Barefoot?
Daniel: “Well I went to a camp called Y.E.S and they take us every week than we go back to Y.E.S.”
Josue: “Um, I just really wanted to go to a camp with people that I knew. All my friends from my church came here.”

How did you both meet each other?
Daniel: “On the first day. We are in the group together. We were having praise in the room and I said, ‘hey do you want to be my best friend’ ad he said ‘yeah, sure!’”

What do you like about each other?
Josue: “That he’s just playful”
Daniel: “He likes soccer”

What do you both have in common?
Daniel: “We both like sports”

What is your favorite thing to do at camp?
Daniel: “Play extreme sports”
Josue: “Gah gah ball”

What are you both looking forward to?
Daniel: “An awesome Friday”
Josue: “My parents watching me do the song”

What have you learned or think about God?
Daniel: “That He’s a mighty man”
Josue: “That He never gives up”

Why do you think that diversity is cool?
Daniel: “So they can have fun here”
Josue:” So other people can meet people from a different country”

 

 

DSC_0080Tony | Age 8 | Vietnam | 1st year

How did you hear about Barefoot?
“ I don’t know, my parents”

What is your favorite thing to do?
“Water slide and gah gah ball”

What are you looking forward to?
“I just want to have fun”

What do you think about God or what have you learned about God?
“God is the Holy Spirit”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“We don’t want to be the same”

 

 

DSC_0091Emmaline | Age 5 | Franklin, TN | 1st year
How did you hear about Barefoot?
“My mommy was talking about it and then she said ‘do you want to go to camp’”

What is your favorite thing to do here?
“Hear the Bible stories”

What are you looking forward to?
“Playing fun games”

What do you think about God or what have you learned about God?
“A lot of things. That He died and came back alive. It made me surprised”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“Because we’re different colors. It’s a rainbow!”

 

 

 

 


Day 4


DSC_1056  There was a surprise visit from super heroes today! Pastor Jacob brought in three super hero masks and had three kids wear them on stage. He talked about how Jesus was also a super hero, but He healed people and saved them unlike any other super hero. All camp meeting was a blast with a game between a boy and girl of who can eat the three small donuts the fastest. The boys and girls cheered them on! It was a close game, but sorry ladies, fellas won!
Today the kids were involved in a relay race called “Iron Man” where each republic group competed against each other. The storm came at the same time as the relay race so we weren’t able to do the activities outside, which included the water slide. They started with making a stamp of a foot wither hands, high fiving with shaving cream, stacking cups into a pyramid, lined up holding hands to get through the hula hoop from one side to the other, digging in a trash can of different colored balls to find a zip lock bag with a puzzle to solve, and soling the blocks that spelled “Inside Out”. When they all raced to finish, they cheered each other on. Republic 13 won on the fella’s side and republic 5 won on the ladie’s side!DSC_1244
DSC_0285  Although it was a rainy day, the republic groups joined in painting and drawing. The basketball specialty had a good game and a lot of the children joined in playing. The excitement is building as the kids will be performing in the youth production tomorrow. They have been practicing and can’t wait to show their friends and family!
Republic group pictures and portraits of the kids were taken before free time. Though it was a bit rainy, we had a lot of fun and can’t wait for tomorrow. They are learning so much about God and He is doing so much inside out!
God bless!
Hannah

 

 

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Camper + Staff Interviews


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Jerome | Age 10 | Nashville, TN | 2nd year          

Will | Age 10 | Brentwood, TN |2nd year
How dd you both meet each other?
Jerome:”We’re in the same group”
Will: “and we do some of the same specialties together”

What do you like about each other?
Jerome: “He’s fun”
Will: “He’s athletic, he’s nice, he doesn’t make anybody feel bad, and he always puts a smile on someone’s face.”

What do you both have in common?
Jerome: ”Basketball and all sports”
Will: “Yeah”

Whats your favorite thing to do here?
Jerome: ”To play football”
Will: “Soccer and gah gah ball”
What are you both looking forward to?
Will: “I think the Iron man”
Jerome: “Iron man”

What have you learned about God or what do you think about God?
Jerome: “ I have learned a lot of things I didn’t know before, but I know He has the power to heal people and He’s really nice”
Will: “Some of the things I didn’t even know and He died on the cross for my sins”

How did you both hear about Barefoot?
Will: “Well we though it would be fun because e have an adopted brother and we thought it was diverse and we though it would be fun to get to know everybody”
Jerome: “I go to PTM and my director knows some people at Barefoot”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
Jerome: “So we can get to know each other and have fun”
Will: “To learn what they do from other cultures and learn what other cultures do”

 

 

DSC_0294Mikaela | Age 15 | Spring Hill, TN | 1st year
How did you hear about Barefoot?
“Through a friend, Tissy and Tally.”

Whats your favorite thing to do with the kids?
“Probably doing physical activities so like extreme sports, gah gah ball, anything that has physical interactive type of stuff”

What are you looking forward to?
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow because we get to just kind of have everybody the last day. I’m just happy that we have one more day of camp to spend with the kids.

How do you feel your relationship with God is furthering?
“I think its awesome to see the kids grow in christ and that just kind of helps encourage me because if they can learn at such a young age to trust in Him than why can’t I trust in Him too! So I just think that watching their faith is encouraging me…just seeing that other people that are younger than me are dedicated and so focused.

Why do you think diversity is important?
“I think its awesome because I don’t think its just one certain group with the kids its everybody and its not just one group but everybody is welcomed here and everybody is mixed and can not feel bad about it, but feel welcomed”

 
DSC_0299Harmony | Age 7 | Nashville, TN | 1st year          

Anna | Age 8 | Kentucky | 2nd year

How did you both meet?
Harmony: “We met the first day here because this is my first year. When we were in drama class, we said shabooya and I was really shy. We had to go around the table to say our names and favorite animals.”
Anna: “I met her when I was on the water slide and we were just starting to want to be going down the slide together”

What do you like about each other?
Harmony: “That she’s a good friend and she’s very funny”
Anna: “Harmony is really nice and she’s always playing”

What do you both have in common?
Harmony: “ The waterslide”
Anna: “Waterslide

What is your favorite thing to do here?
Anna: “probably I really like dance party and extreme sports”
Harmony: “My favorite thing is to sing song about Jesus and pray”

What are you looking forward to?
Harmony: “The waterslide”
Anna: “The waterslide”

What do you think about God or have learned about God?
Harmony: “He died on the cross for us because He wanted us to know that He loves us”
Anna: “That God told Jesus to die for us”

Why do you think diversity is cool here?
Harmony: “Because they want people that we don’t know here and its ok if people talk Spanish here and english. They want us to know that we can be friends even though they’re not our type of country or our type of people”
Anna: “It doesn’t matter our different colors. They can still be together”

How did you both had about Barefoot?
Harmony: “I heard from the ministry that I go to”
Anna: “When someone in my class told me about Barefoot and told me it was really fun and so I told my mom and we went to go do it”

 

 

 


Day 3


DSC_0601 “Let me see you Wobble!” The children walked in high – fiving counselors who welcomed them in at the door for all camp meeting. Girls and boys lined up to pick up their name tags from the registration desks. The room started to fill up with kids gathering in their Republic groups which were marked with a flag with different colors. When everyone arrived, Miss Emily led them in a game where two kids, a bot and a girl, from different republic groups came up and were challenged to see who can pop the most balloons by sitting on them. They cheered and yelled “ladies (or fellas) in the house, say what!” Sorry fellas, ladies won! They worshipped singing and shouting “We’ll shout it out from the rooftops, we won’t be quiet!” Pastor Jacob came up to speak to the kids. He brought in a transformer toy to show how it transformed just like we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. He told the story of Baalak and his donkey that spoke to him because he wouldn’t listen to God. Every time pastor Jacob pointed to his head, the kids yelled, “Get your mind right!” He challenged them to let God transform their minds with God’s word.
DSC_0073 They headed off to devotions where they learned more Bible stories. After, they went to their specialties to learn more and practice for the performance on Friday. They had a good meal at lunch and yelled some chants! Game time was next where they ran around all energetic and happy. They would have water breaks between games. They went back to specialties and had snack time after. They then went to free time and played gah gah ball, slide down the water slide, and play basketball. They had a lot of fun. You can hear random chants throughout the day “JC be bout it! What! And we’re gonna shout it! What! Its about to get rowdy, its about to get rowdy!!”
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Daily awards were given to kids who were outstanding today. It was a great day and many friends were made! God is doing so much this week and you can see it in how everyone treats each other nicely and in their eagerness to know more about God!

Seeya Tomorrow!
Hannah

 


Camper + Staff Interviews


 

 

DSC_0830Eve | Age 8 | Thompson Station, TN | 2nd year

How did you hear about Barefoot?
“I don’t remember. My parents I guess”

What’s your favorite thing to do here?
“Vocal Performance”

What are you looking forward to?
“Getting to know the songs for the performance on Friday”

What do you think or have you learned about God?
“He’s savior. He’s my father.”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“Because they can learn about God and have fun”

 

 

DSC_0841Caleb | Age 10 | Davison County, TN | 2nd year

How did you hear about Barefoot?
“I came with Y.E.S.”

What is your favorite thing to do here?
“My specialties. Extreme sports and basketball”

What are you looking forward to?
“To have a great time and spend the rest of the time with all Barefoot kids.”

What have you learned about God?
“I’ve learned that God is really alive, but people think He’s not alive and that He’s just a myth.”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“I could have a great time with them and keep them as friends”

 

 

DSC_0850Kyla | Age 11 | Nashville, TN | 5th year Anahi | Age 9 | Nashville, TN | 7th year

How did you both meet?
Kyla: “We were both bored and I was just sitting there and she started talking to me”
Anahi: “Yeah. I was like how is your day and she said good then we became good friends”

What do you like about each other?
Kyla: “She’s really friendly and when I’m alone sometimes, she makes me happy even when I want to be alone sometime”
Anahi: “She’s really friendly and she’s always with me and when people are really mean to me, she stands up for me”

What do you both have in common?
Kyla:”We both have brothers that are annoying”
Anahi:”yeah. mhm.”

What’s your favorite thing to do here?
Kyla:”Riding the bikes and playing with Anahi”
Anahi:”I like to play gah gah ball and get on the slide in free time”

What are you both looking forward to?
Kyla: ”Me and leah are gonna see who’s best at dodge ball. When I go back to PTM, I’m gonna try to finish the whole entire New Testament.
Anahi: ”I want to know more about the Bible and everything and Jesus”

What do you think about God?
Kyla: “He’s indescribable”
Anahi: “He made all of us. He’s our father and the best of all.”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
Kyla: “It would be boring if we were all the same”
Anahi: “Yeah, it would just be like one person”

How did you hear about Barefoot?
Kyla: “When I was little, my mom said do you want to come to Barefoot and then she just forced me and I like it!”
Anahi: “First my mom said oh look this is a camp for big kids and I was like the first camp yay and she said do you want to go and I said ”too sleepy”. Then she put an alarm on at like 5 in the morning and I was like its not even 8 yet so she woke me up and made me come and I like it!”

 

 

 


Day 2

 


 

DSC_1004  We have had a full day of fun and activities. The cool thing about Barefoot is that there is always something to do and learn. The different personalities and the diversity is what makes Barefoot a family. All the kids joined in with singing, dancing, and swaying to the worship songs. The best part is probably when the kids and counselors wrapped their arms around each other while swaying to the music. Pastor Jacob came up and spoke about not being conformed to the pattern of this world. He brought in examples of being conformed with different shapes that were filled with jello. He turned the shapes over to show how the jello was the same pattern as the shape. In the same way our environment and the way we grow up forms us into who we are today. He made a point to challenge them not to be conformed into how the world wants us to be by following the crowd. Instead let God form you into who He wants us to be.
DSC_0124 The kids all headed to devotions to learn some more Bible stories. Specialties were a lot of fun! Outdoor adventure had a competition with the girls against the boys. They had to use natural things from outside such as leaves, sticks, grass, and other stuff found outside to protect an un-cracked egg from cracking when they dropped it off the balcony to the ground. They dropped it and both of their eggs survived. They showed the differences in how they protect it when the girls used only leaves, sticks, pine needles, and tape. The boys used a bag they found outside and wrapped theirs really tightly in tape. Archery group is learning how to aim and shoot better and the progress is coming along. Visual arts painted some rocks, drama painted one another faces, extreme sports is having a lot of fun, and the music groups are practicing songs to perform on Friday.
DSC_0378Before you knew it, they were having lunch and walking outside for team building where they ran around and tagged each other. Time does fly when your having so much fun! A girl republic group got to go on pony rides while a lot of other kids played gah gah ball. All throughout the day they yell chants. “The fire is running through my head, the fire is running through my hands, the firs is running through my belly, somos fuegos, somos fuegos. Oo ahh its getting hot, its getting hot.”
God is doing so much here!

Seeya Tomorrow!
Hannah

 

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Camper + Staff Interviews


 

DSC_0045Dilan | Age 9 | Atlanta, GA | 2nd year

How did you hear about Barefoot?
“My friends have done it and our moms looked into it.”

What’s your favorite thing to do?
“Gah gah ball”

What are you looking forward to?
“Free time”

What do you think or have you learned about God?
“He’s a pretty awesome person and He does lots of miracles”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“Because they can learn about God too and they can take it to their friends, parents, and church”

 

 

DSC_0053Leah | Age 8 | Nashville, TN | 2nd year
How did you hear about Barefoot?
“Well I heard of it because my aunt works here so thats sort of how I heard about it so she signed me up last year and this year”

What’s your favorite thing to do?
“My favorite thing is eating lunch and I love playing soccer because today I was team captain of soccer and tomorrow everyone is gonna learn how to pass it”

What are you looking forward to?
“I am looking forward to see if I can try to find my aunt…Friday I do vocal performance so we’re gonna sing a song on Friday so I’m looking forward to that

What do you think or have you learned about God?
“I’ve learned that everyone brother and sister and I’ve learned a to of study I can’t even name”

 

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“See because everyone is not the same. It would be weird if everyone looked like you and like me. It would be just creepy, but we have our own personalities that matter. Personalities make us special!”

 

 

DSC_0058Jesse | Age 16 | Springhill, TN | 1st year
How did you hear about Barefoot?
“I actually have three friends that have worked here for multiple years”

What’s your favorite thing to do?
“I like hearing them retell the story..that’s really cool because like when you hear that people are actually paying attention and taking stuff from it. They hear it and remember it! And then obviously games are always fun!”

What are you looking forward to?
“I actually don’t know whats coming up this week”

How do you feel your relationship with God has furthered here?
“Just being able to show how God is affecting everyones lives and doing it in a way they understand. It helps them which in turn helps me”
Why do you think diversity is cool?
Just bringing everyone together.. all different kinds of people. Its important for sure because no one feels like they’re cast out or anything like that”

 

 

 

 

 


Day 1


DSC_0297 We’re excited to be at a new church this week! The largest church sight yet with 200 children! When they arrived, our republic leaders and counselors welcomed them with big smiles chanting “good morning”. We are so excited to meet all these new faces! They met with the registration table where they received their name tags. The kids gathered in their republic groups getting to know each other and playing hand slapping games. Miss Emily greeted them with the “good morning” chant and taught them a chant that they will be using throughout the week. It goes like “How do we change?” and they respond “from the inside out!”…”From the inside inside inside out” stomping their feet in unison. Two kids, a boy and a girl, volunteered from a republic group to play the stacking game where they stack blocks blindfolded to see who can build the highest stack. Sorry ladies, fellas won! They had a lot of fun worshipping God singing “Oh Happy Day” waving their hands back and forth. They chanted pastor Jacob’s name as he came up to speak to them about how God changes us from the inside out.
DSC_0381The kids headed off to devotions with their republic groups where they are taught Bible stories. The republic leaders have them learn it by the kids telling the story back also.
The kids had a lot of fun at their specialties. I followed the football and soccer groups. They were so energetic and are starting to form great teams. Some of the girls learned how to shoot a bow and arrow in archery, some kids had fun skating and biking while a group of others played “gah gah ball”.
DSC_0843 After they had lunch, they had team building time. All the Republics ran around in the gym playing 3 different games tagging each other with styrophoam noodles, collecting as many balls for their team ladies against fellas. They went back to specialties learning and expressing themselves through art, dance, music, singing, and sports. During free time they had a blast sliding down the water slide with screams, splashes, and laughter. While they played gah gah ball, biked, and skated, they drink plenty of water staying refreshed.
You can hear chants when the kids walk down the hallways as they headed to all camp meeting to top off the day with more worship, daily awards, and chanting. It has been a wonderful first day and there will be so much more to come as God changes everyone from the inside out!

Seeya tomorrow!
Hannah

 

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Camper + Staff Interviews


 

DSC_0466Mia | Age 17 | Murfreesboro, TN | 5 years
How did you hear about Barefoot?
“My mom heard it from my church”

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids?
“My favorite thing is to get to know them”

What are you looking forward to?
“Having a great time..just influencing the kids positively”

How do you feel your relationship with God is furthering?
“Sometimes its easy to get lost so coming back to camp just helps me remind myself of what I’ve learned and growing”

Why do you think diversity is important?
“I think diversity is important here because the kids need to learn how to accept each other early on, about not judging, following God, and trying to shine a light on others.”
DSC_0478Elijah | Age 7 | Nashville, TN | 1st year

Whats your favorite thing to do here?
“I really liking to learn about God”

What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to learning about God and have a great rest of my life”

What do you think about God?
“I think He’s nice”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“So we can get together, see each other, and make friends”
DSC_0473Christine | Age 9 | Nashville, TN | 1st year

How did you hear about Barefoot?
“ A few students get to go to Barefoot because we go to something called PTM in St. Luke’s and there is 1 week of Barefoot and it’s like a field trip”

What is your favorite thing to do here?
“Archery”

What are you looking forward to?
“I’m looking forward to going to drama and making new friends”

What have you learned or think about God?
“I think He is a caring and very loving person”

Why do you think diversity is cool?
“Because I think people have different cultures and some go against each other and I think its just really nice to meet people from different cultures and learn about them. Its easier.”