01 Jul 2017 Senior High II | July 1- July 6
When the Senior High campers arrived at Barefoot today, they were greeted by 1) rain and 2) a lot of love! The counselors helped out with luggage and getting everyone to their cabin, but not before a special moment was celebrated. Our 10,000th camper was registered! Houston Hartle was surprised to see a banner and confetti appear at his check-in, as many people probably would be. But who could pass up a significant milestone like this? We are so blessed to have been able to serve over 10,000 campers in our time of being a camp, and hope that Jesus has reached every single one in the process.
We went on to our Republics and came up with names, chants, and flags. The names were all interesting to say the least: Republic 8 calls themselves Republic 7, Republic 4 is named the Raindrops, and Republic 9 is named The Tribe. After going over the camp rules, everyone was introduced to their assigned specialties. Each camper has two specialties a day, and it’s where they learn about their passions. These classes range from sports like football, to arts like graffiti. The campers are given an opportunity to show their work at the end of the week’s Youth Production, which we invite the campers’ families to come see!
After taking a swim test to ensure the campers’ safety in the Rec Lake this week, we ate dinner and headed over to the evening program. This is where God pours into us via worship and a message. Pastor Joel discussed why God made us, and how He really doesn’t need us. He made us according to the good pleasure of His will; He has so much love, He can’t keep it to Himself. He wants us in His family! Hearing this truth was beautiful to me, and I am so thankful that the campers got to hear it too.
The night ended with our first Republic competition, Messy Games. Throughout the week, we keep points for the Republics, and whoever has the most at the end of our time together will win the Purple Cup! This is the ultimate prize, so the campers know they have to work together all week to try and achieve this goal. In the Messy Games, they used their mouths to get Swedish Fish out of pickle jello, dunked their face in oats and milk, and raced to get their Republic Leaders covered in shaving cream (and eventually, pouring water on their heads). This is always a good time, but it’s also a little gross, so showers are a must afterwards. Our first day was one for the books, and we are thrilled to see tomorrow!