We are thrilled with the beautiful weather we had all week, which was especially suitable for this week’s theme: Amazing, Athletic, Awesome (A.A.A). The week was non-stop fun and action. An evening swim in the ocean, or a late-night shower was necessary from all the dirt and sweat, as a result of a full day of high energy sports!
The campers and staff were divided into three teams that competed for the winning title through a variety of sports and activities. Some of the activities included throughout the week included: soccer, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, mountain biking, basketball, and Kayaking. This week also saw campers conquering the rock wall and flying down the slip ‘n slide earning valuable points for their teams. The week ended with our annual amazing race, which lived up to its name. For nearly two hours campers raced around the entire campground, while navigating through dozens of intense obstacles. It was a joy to watch the success and excitement amongst the campers in what was no doubt our most successful race ever! The points from the week were tallied and the Golden Squad came out the winners! Congratulations to the Squad and all the competitors who gave the week their all. You should all be proud.
We were happy to have Ben Grosvenor as our spiritual director. He engaged the campers and created a space for them to experience God’s word and its part in our lives. One night he encouraged the campers to tape their sins to the cross demonstrating that when Jesus gave His life, He took away our sins so that we could be reconciled to our Heavenly Father. Ben also uncovered our staff’s hidden acting talents by having them act out a variety of Bible stories. Every night, the campers learned the importance of committing Bible verses to memory, so we can call on them in need. Ben also had them split off in their teams to create actions and songs to help memorize the verses. Because it was Triple ‘A’ Camp we judged them for points. While the campers and staff had fun giving the judges a hard time, everyone went away knowing more of God’s Word, and His love for the world. Thank you Ben for coming this week!
There was party in heaven this week as one of our campers came to Christ. She realized that God loves her exactly for who she is, and she will now live in eternity, in the presence of her Heavenly Father. It was special to see her joy radiate to everyone she shared her good news with.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this week a success! You all worked hard and reflected the love of Christ to all the campers in attendance. A special Thank you to every single camper, for all your enthusiasm you displayed this week! Finally, Thank you God for all the blessings You have poured out on this camp!
We renamed the Teen Camp this year and it certainly lived up to its new name! We started the week with 44 Teens excited about being at Camp Pagweak. There was lots of energy as well as time for just chilling. We tried to provide a fun, but relaxed week for these teens and I think that we were successful.
We were excited to have Pastor Micah Linkletter from Immanuel Baptist in Truro. Micah brought with him two former counsellors, Vienna Hamilton and Ashley Frizzell; their work and encouragement was appreciated. Micah brought some very “REAL” teaching with him and challenged us about what REAL life, the REAL God, the REAL me, what REAL pain can do and finally what REAL faith is all about. These lessons, along with Micha’s great devotionals to staff from Eph. 4 about unity and the importance of unity as to how the staff functions, were really timely.
Of course campfires here at Camp are very important and this week was no exception. On Thursday evening Micah had a Q and A session around the campfire where the campers and staff asked hard questions about REAL life in today’s world. Another highlight was having Matt Wheaton come and visit from Crandall University to share with the Campers about the advantages of a University education based on Christian principles. Matt hung around on Friday to be soaked with our famous Mission Soakers. Thanks Matt for your support.
On Friday we were also blessed as one of our campers who has been coming here for a few years now went through the waters of baptism. Her family came to support her and were so happy to see this young lady following in the example of Jesus. As always this serves as a great witness not only to families but as well to all our staff and the campers themselves.
Again this week our newly strengthened rockwall was a hit where the campers raced to climb to the top and ring the bell. Night games were also a hit with everyone as they looked for missionaries and of course the game of Mission Impossible in the dark is always a hit. One of the highlights this past week was an 8km kayak paddle. Seventeen paddlers set out from Pagweak, crossed the harbour and headed along the shore to the Provincial Park where Greg met them and we ate lunch together. The paddlers then made the return trek back to the Camp. There were a few lessons learned about the use of hats and sunscreen, but all in all the paddlers were challenged and excited that they met that challenge. This is something that I am sure they will talk about a lot this summer and in the years to come.
What happens when 48 seven to nine year olds invade Camp Pagweak for a week? It certainly turns into an Adventure Land! We had a great week here at camp where the kids ran, skipped and ventured to try new things with great success. To quote the words of our Assistant Director Melanie Falconer, ‘They were SO cute’! There were so many wonderful smiles, laughter and great moments with wonderful memories.
Andy and Wanda Cox of Milford were our spiritual directors and, along with five of their six children, came and shared about what it meant to be family. More importantly, how God adopts us into His family through Jesus Christ. Their youngest, Angel, shared with me that her and her brother Lawrence now had a ‘Forever Mom and Dad’ as Andy and Wanda have recently legally adopted them. The family shared with us how God wants to adopt each one of us as well so that we too will have a ‘Forever Father’ through Jesus Christ. All in all 14 new souls were added to the kingdom this past week! God is so good and He loves it when His family grows!
In Matthew 19:13-15 Jesus says this, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’ And He placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.’ Think about this as Jesus blessed these children He met and how he desires to bless these new citizens of heaven! Please pray for them as they have returned home that they will be led into greater realization of who they now are in Jesus Christ and what He has done for them and for us.
I just want to say that our volunteers this past week were so good and I really appreciate the work that they have done. To be a volunteer here means a devotion to keeping things clean and ready for the campers so that they can clearly feel the love of Christ through the Counsellors. Our camp is blessed with so many who are willing to work in this manner for the Lord!
Please keep us in prayer this week as we have 43 Teens on site. Last week was an Adventure this week will be Wild! Many of the staff here are of similar age, so pray that the campers will respect their position and they will be able to allow God to speak into their lives. We still have many openings in our camps throughout the summer so please encourage children in your neighborhood, family members and friends who have children to come to camp. We have a great desire to reach and touch as many lives as we can for Jesus.