City Camp Update! -- Week 1
If you asked our campers what they like most about City Camp, many would say swimming, some would say recreation time, others might say meal time, and some might say devotions. All of these are important elements to our City Camp and to our campers. The kickoff week of City Camp was ‘Survivor Week’, taking nearly 70 campers through "Survivor” themed games, activities, and education. In education time, we learned about men and women who overcame incredible circumstances to survive the elements, difficult places or situations, against all odds. We also did some surviving of our own, since a number of outdoor activities were scuttled by the epic rainfall in Kansas City this past week! We still managed to get some swimming in, thanks to our friends at Platte County YMCA and Sherwood Bible Church. We also were able to take some of our younger campers to Kaleidoscope & Crown Center, while our older campers took in a photo scavenger hunt.
Our theme verse of the week was Daniel 6:21-22, which says "Then Daniel, said to the king, 'O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also you, O king, I have done no harm". It's fitting to have this verse as our theme, speaking of the prophet Daniel, who survived a den of lions. Daniel, while not a perfect man, lived blameless, or righteously before God. What a prayer for all our campers, that they would desire to be blameless before God! Even more, we want our campers to know how to be a survivor spiritually. This week and in the coming weeks as well we spent some time talking about the truth of the Gospel, and how Jesus is the ultimate survivor. Dying for the sins of the whole world, 3 days later He miraculously rose from the grave conquering sin and death. It is our sincere hope and desire that all our campers would come to know this truth and how Jesus offers us hope beyond this life. That is a survival story!
We also ate some yummy meals like Chicken Fingers and Meatball Subs thanks to our partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe. Our staff and interns and our campers enjoyed getting to know one another and settling into our crews for the next 9 weeks. Our campers met up with old friends, and made some new ones also. All in all a great first week, and we look forward to what the rest of the summer holds.