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West End Community Church | July 9 – 13

 


Monday, July 9th


Hello there and happy first day of day camp, here at West End Community Church. We are so excited to be here this week and we are all looking forward to meeting some new faces. This week is going to be amazing!

We started the day today when all campers checked into registration, got their name tags, and found out what Republics they were in. Republics are groups that campers are put into for the entire week. Campers got to know their Republic leaders and meet new friends this morning right before All Camp Meeting.

All Camp Meeting is where the entire camp meets for worship and listens to a speaker. Today’s speaker was Ms. Kat, who talked about how the world may label us, but that Jesus overlooks that and loves us for who we are. Afterwards, the campers walk together to their Republic rooms to discuss what the speaker said during family devotional time. They also came up with a name for their Republics and designed a flag together after discussing what Ms. Kat had to say.

Once Republics finished meeting, they went back to where they met for All Camp Meeting to dismiss for specialties. Specialities are classes that campers get to participate in throughout the week and learn new things. Campers K-2nd grade transition through specialities, while 3-7th grade get to pick their own specialities. These happen twice a day, once after devotional and once after team building.

Camp may have just started, but campers have already started to find things they love. Lyric Fleming from Republic One said that her favorite thing about Barefoot so far is going to Drama and playing pretend. 

What a perfect first day of camp! We cannot wait to see what the rest of the week brings us!

You can find more from this week on our Facebook page.

Click here to see a video recap from today!

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Sincerely,

Rachel

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Tuesday, July 10th


G-O-O-D  M-O-R-N-I-N-G…Good Morning, Hey Hey Good Morning!” Happy Day Two! We kicked today off by watching a video that recapped our first day. Following the video, we had a visit from our friends Gus and Gigi and then worshipped with Thomas. After worship, we heard from Ms. Kat again and then dismissed to family devotional time. 

Once we finished family devotional time,  campers went to their first specialty, lunch, and then team building. Team building is where campers participate in activities with their Republics to try and bond as a group. Some of these activities include an obstacle course, diversity dots, slime challenge, hula ball, and more. Campers really learn about working as a team and have the opportunity to widen their horizons and talk to someone they wouldn’t normally talk to.

After team building is free time, which is where campers have the opportunity to choose to participate in a variety of activities. Some of these activities include water slide, football, basketball, nap time, and more.

Today has been a great day and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings us!

You can find more from this week on our Facebook page.

Click here to see a video recap from today!

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Lovingly,

Rachel

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Wednesday, July 11th


Hey there and happy Wednesday! Can you believe that it’s Day Three of camp?! We are half way done! It’s bittersweet feeling for all of us. 

The day started with All Camp Meeting, where we watched a recap video, participated in worship, and heard from Ms. Kat. Then we headed to our family devotional time. After family time, we went to our first specialty of the day. By now, you are probably familiar with specialties and what they are. But if you still do not know what they are, a few examples of specialties are archery, making of the band, art, spoken word, dance, football, basketball, and more!

Today is picture day for the ladies! This is where campers will take a group photo with their Republic and individual headshots. Campers also got their camp T-shirts to wear during the picture, and are encouraged to wear them on the last day of camp.

That’s it for today! Come back tomorrow to find out what Iron Man is!

You can find more from this week on our Facebook page.

Click here to see a video recap from today!

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Loyally,

Rachel

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Thursday, July 12th


Hello hello! Welcome to Day Four of Day Camp. We can’t believe that we only have one more day left of camp. But we’re confident that we’re going to make these last two days the best ones yet!

As mentioned yesterday, today is Iron Man. You might be wondering what that is. Well, Iron Man operates like a relay race, but with a Barefoot twist. Each Republic is a team and they all work together to win. Every camper in the Republic is assigned a station to complete, and as the Republic goes through each obstacle, they pick up one another as they go. Some obstacles that campers go through includes thumb print, marble fishing, cup slingshot, javelin toss, extreme sports, and more. They are scored based on teamwork, hypeness, and encouragement. The first female Republic and male Republic to finish the last obstacle wins!

The first Republics to finish were Republics Two and Six, but the winners will be announced tomorrow. But for now, that’s all we have for today! We’ll see you back here tomorrow for the last time, and hopefully for Youth Production.

You can find more from this week on our Facebook page.

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Blessings,

Rachel

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Friday, July 13th


Happy Friday! Camp has flown by so fast and Day Five is upon us. It’s really hard to believe that we are on our last day of camp, but we are certain that today is going to be amazing! 

Before we get started, it’s time to announce the winners of Iron Man. For the fellas, we had Republic Ten. And for the ladies, we have Republic One. Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who gave their all! We are so happy that you were here to participate in Iron Man 2018 here at West End Community Church.

To start the day off, we held our last All Camp Meeting today and then met with our Republics for one last family devotional. Once that was wrapped up, campers went on to their specialties for the last time and practiced for Youth Production. This made it the perfect opportunity to tie up any loose ends they might have before Youth Production. After free time today, campers will have some time to rehearse for the production before parents arrive.

This is the time of the week where we say goodbye to all of our friends. Thank you to all the campers who came this week and made it fantastic! We hope you had an amazing time and made a lot of friends. We also hope to see you back here next year for even more fun. But most importantly, we hope that you learned that everyone is longed for in this world by Jesus.

You can find more from this week on our Facebook page.

Click here to see a video recap from this week!

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Have a great summer,

Rachel 

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