Wednesday, July 30, 2008

finally getting to talk about camp

if I don't just sit down and make this post, I'm just never going to do it I guess. I have about 250 pictures from camp. I'm not going to put all of them on here as to protect privacy, etc. I never list names either. But I do have some pretty great pictures. I mentioned before that we were going to the Creation Museum. Here are some photos from there. (you can, of course, click the slideshows for full size images)

The teens were skeptical at first. The place was jam-packed. You could barely move. To be honest, I was even a bit bored until we got past the first video presentation. After that, they seemed to enjoy it all. After we made it through the museum we went outside to the botanical garden. Talk about beautiful. I have just a few images from the garden here :)

After that we took them to the Newport Southbank Bridge...more commonly known as the Purple People Bridge.

the Cincinnati skyline, as seen from the Purple People Bridge

Here we are ... along with John ... on the bridge.

Lets see, Sunday was spent with our dear friends Phillip and Jamie Blackwell. Bro. Phillip pastors Salem Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH. God bless Jamie. They had vacation Bible school this week. On the last day of Bible school we invaded her house. She let us stay in her house. We're not just talking about our family. We're talking 10 teenagers, 2 adults and 1 5-year-old. Then she even kept John (my 5yo) while we were gone. It was such a blessing to me. The willing hearts of the teens were a blessing to me also. You see, that Saturday Bro. Phillip closed out his vbs with a country fair. The teens worked booths, gave out prizes, and cleaned up....and cleaned up....and cleaned up. Yeah, there were some who complained ... that's most teens for you, but never did they just flat refuse to help! I was proud of them.

So then, Monday, it was off to Camp Chautauqua. There is a slideshow on the camp website. From the home page, click the camera, then select Jr High & Sr High Independent Baptist Camp.

Foremost and above all else, we had one of our boys get saved during camp! What a mighty God we serve! That was the only decision that we were aware of, but we're praying that seeds planted will in the future spring forth with fruit.

So, the camp is divided up into 8 groups. First, the churches are divided into 4 groups which match the athletic/Olympics theme: Nike, Adidas, Reebok and K-Swiss. We were team Reebok this year. Then those 4 teams are divided evenly into junior high and senior high. Each team had an armband with a different color. That was just pure genius! It's so hard to play sports with people you don't know because you don't know whose on your team! Problem solved. Anyway, just to brag on my kids a bit ;) The senior high girls won a gold metal at softball and basketball. The senior high boys won dodgeball. Which isn't the elementary school sort of dodgeball. I'd be scared to play it. In fact, the girls played volleyball instead! Anyway, I had one of my girls submit art to the art competition, which I was very proud of. Another of my girls won a gold metal in solo singing competition. There there was camp court. I've seen camp court work a lot of different ways, but this one was like this: Each of the 8 teams (as explained above) votes on a king and queen for sr high and prince and princess for jr high. For our team, Reebok, one of my sr high girls was voted by the other teens to the court. She really participated very well during camp. She was 100% involved in all scheduled activities and involved in activities that she wasn't "required" to attend.

Our whole group, along with the whole group from Maranatha Baptist Church of Columbus, GA (our pastor and their pastor are cousins and their pastor's wife's dad [confused yet?!] founded our church, so there's a bit of a bond there :P)

All-in-all, when you consider that we only had 10 from our small country church (some churches had anywhere from 60-100 teens), we did exceptionally well. Way to go!

Now looking ahead. I have gotten on all my homeschool material. But that's for a different post...I'm certainly out of time for now!

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