In last night’s chapel, our speaker, Mark Allen, gave the Gospel presentation. Going through Genesis 2, he talked about the first sin, in the Garden of Eden, when God set a very clear standard (“you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”), and humanity disobeyed Him (Gen. 2:15-17). The enemy tempted them to disobey by claiming that they would be more like God, but they were already image bearers of the Creator!
TAKE CAMP HOME: Read Gen. 3:8-12 with your camper. When confronted with their sin, how did Adam and Eve respond? How do we sometimes respond when confronted with our own sin? Then read Gen. 3:13-14; 21. What does God do with that sin? How does God’s grace come into play in this story?
Then Mark went to the book of Matthew and challenged the campers to make their faith their own (Matthew 7:13-14; 21-23).
TAKE CAMP HOME: Campers were encouraged to share in their cabins about any decisions that they made this week. Ask your camper about the illustration that Mark used to share the Gospel. How has your camper seen God’s grace in their own lives?
On to Wednesday! Campers woke up to another beautiful summer day – we are so grateful for the glorious weather and the reminders of God’s faithfulness through His beautiful Creation each day. It’s been a busy morning already, with breakfast, TAG Time, Morning Chapel, and morning Free Time/Cabin Time.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Ask your camper about the rest of the Morning Chapel times during their week – what were some of the topics that were talked about? Did they have any fun discussions as a cabin? Are there any topics that they have more questions about?
Then it was on to lunch (ham & cheese sandwiches, tater tots, salad, and fruit for dessert) and Mail Call. Then the next hour of Clinics & Seminars! Today’s Seminars included “Christians in Sports,” “Spiritual Gifts,” “Biblical Crash Course,” and “ASL (American Sign Language)” – if campers missed any of these on Monday, they had the chance to attend today!
Free Time has been a blast so far – the Rockit inflatable water toy was put in last night, so campers finally got to break it in today! And several groups headed up for their Zipline and Laser Tag slots. The afternoon option today was a throwback to last summer – a field game called Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!
Dinner tonight was BBQ chicken, veggies, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls, with cake for dessert. Campers will head right in to Chapel in a little while to hear from Mark (we’ll recap Chapel in tomorrow’s blog post), before evening Free Time/Canteen and the Big Night Game! The game tonight is called Bible Smuggler.
TAKE CAMP HOME: Ask your camper about the night game. What was the goal of the game? How did the game work, and how successful were they and their cabin?
It’s been another great day of Junior High Camp – it just keeps getting better! Tomorrow is Sleep-In Day, so campers get an extra hour to snooze in the morning. Tomorrow is also the grand finale, with the last chance to go to Zipline or Laser Tag, and the epic Campfire Trek to finish off the night! We can’t wait to spend more time with these amazing Junior Highers!