We used this week as our sports week so our activity schedule included basketball and hockey outside the lodge, baseball and soccer in the upper field, rock climbing on the wall, archery behind the lodge and of course kayaking at the waterfront. Swim time was my favorite as our afternoon swim coincided with the high tide and we had a blast swimming in the water, splashing each other, challenging each other and on Thursday, Courtney caught a lobster!
Angela Trenholm was back as our camp pastor and I am not too sure if she enjoyed herself more than we enjoyed having her. What a blessing she was as she taught the campers and the staff, led devotions for the staff in the morning and acted as mom to many! She led us through the life of Jesus, who He was, his childhood, his calling to ministry and eventually to his death. Her intent was for all of us to get to know Him and we all did. We even did Christmas in July on Thursday and she recruited a bunch of the campers to act out the various events surrounding that awesome event. In the morning chapel and small group time she led us through the ‘Roman Road’. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind by the end of the week as to our need for a Saviour and how to become a true believer. We encouraged questions throughout the week starting Sunday night and those questions continued throughout the week, including Tuesday’s campfire. Many kids, who had no knowledge of Jesus or God, or the Bible, learned a lot this week. And because of that 9 young children realized that they wanted Jesus as their personal saviour and asked Him to become the center of their lives.
We had an amazing game of Mission Impossible on Wednesday night and then on Thursday night we had Greg Porter come back as he had put together a Pagweak version of The Amazing Race, which was a blast for all. There were so many Mission Soakers on Friday morning that we almost didn’t get lunch done in time for the campers to go home. We’ tweaked’ our schedule a bit so that everyone could get an extra half hour or better sleep each day and wow, let me tell you, what a difference that little change made. Campers were less tired and homesick, staff had that little bit of extra energy each day, again, all in all a great, great week.
As they left there was more hugging and laughing and “I Love You’s” than I can remember. It truly was a terrific week.
Our day camp is next week and we are looking forward to the many campers God is bringing our way each day (and also not having to put them to bed each night), so please pray for the staff and the campers and that God would continue to use the staff, the camp pastors this week (Jason and Kristen Price) and that many more lives would be changed.
Director Camp Pagweak