2017 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 5 Junior 2
The atmosphere at Junior 2 started out pretty rocky with quite a few disciplinary issues, but by the grace of God we made it through until the end of the week, and He did lots of great things in the hearts of campers and staff.
On Monday we sorted out all 60 campers into their cabins and marked clothes, followed by “get to know you” time and swimming!
The theme this week was “Represent.” Scripture verses, puppets, songs, games and a skit were used to help teach the kids how they can “represent” in their everyday lives when they get back home.
On Tuesday the boys went to the lake for the first time and got to do boats, the battle barge, and the lake trampoline. A counselor shared that watching the boys try to catch fish with their bare hands was hilarious and probably the best part of the trip!
Our crafts for this week were self-portraits (to symbolize how we are made in God’s image), nail and thread crosses (to remember Jesus’ sacrifice), and homemade fishing poles (to remind the kids that we are called to be ‘fishers of men’).
Wednesday was the girl’s lake day. As we walked down the trail in the woods we talked about siblings, best friends and our middle names. When the girls saw the lake they gasped, and one camper said “Wow! That’s big and deep! But I know that God is bigger! I’m scared to get in the lake, but I know God will help me.”
During evening devotions they talked about the Holy Spirit and the power He gives us to walk with God the Father. A camper asked her counselor “Do you have the Holy Spirit Miss Sierra? Yes, I can tell that you do because you love us so much!”
Thursday we got some rain so things were a bit muddy during activities, but attitudes were good nonetheless. One counselor hurt her knee during the week and had it wrapped up, when a camper saw this she walked right up to the counselor, placed her hand on the knee and said “May God heal your knee.”
Friday was carnival day!! The campers did all kinds of fun activities and games like jumping in a bounce house, water games, face painting, and disk golf. For evening devotions the counselors gave out character awards (joyfulness, Bible enthusiasm, kindness, forgiveness, etc… ) to the campers and explained how they represent God and the importance of growing those characteristics.
Saturday was bitter sweet with lots of tears and goodbyes. We’re praying that God continues to grow the relationships that were formed, and that His Word will remain hidden in their hearts.
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 1:6
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” – 1 Peter 1:13