With the first week of church camps starting, the staff started their morning meeting with bright smiles at the promise of running water and air conditioning. It ended moments after the first kids started to trickle in, every leader beginning to make sure they would be ready to do their jobs as quickly as possible. Chanting started loudly, Good Morning and JC Be ‘Bout It being shouted back and forth throughout the Event Center. When the last of the cars and buses brought their kids in, it was time to start praise and worship, with songs such as “Happy Day” and “Good Father.”
When Thomas finished up the service, it was time for Julia and Michael, our camp coordinators, to announce the rules and the game of the day. Since they are looking for a third coordinator, they ask the youngest republics to come do the Bobble Head Challenge. After the contestants shake their heads as hard as they can, the girls win with 45 shakes.
Pastor Craig was next, preaching about how Jesus wants us to work together as a team when it comes to sharing the word of God, and that we are “Better when Together.” With the church service letting out, it was time for the devotion with their republics, and then off to Specialties.
Activities like Extreme Sports, Drama, Songwriting, and Football all got the kids playing and laughing, new relationships being started through fun times. They spent an hour together before it was time for Lunch— made up of waffles, fruit, eggs, and sausage. After they got their fill of food, it was time for the team building exercises, and then off to the second specialties with afternoon additions like Photography, Dance, and Making of the Band. When it was time to come back, the kids all seperated into free time/rest, allowing some kids to play football and use the water slide, while others took a short nap in the hallways.
The staff finished out the day by showing the kids some of the longer chants like Banana, leaving everyone sweaty and smiling as the kids left one by one.
— M. Kelly