No, it wasn't snow camp, although there was intricately cut blue snowflakes adorning the walls and while it did warm up enough in the afternoon to open the pool, it was chilly enough at night to gather around a bonfire for testimonies and good ole american s'mores with marshmallows freshly imported just a few days earlier by Pastor Robert's daughter.
A new group of thirteen year olds entered the world of youth group and camp. Youth camp with teens from age thirteen up into the mid-twenties and even thirties can create an interesting dynamic. No matter the age, God works in hearts just the same.
This year the theme was I Timothy 4:12. Four of the local pastors brought messages from God's Word. BJ was able to share the importance of being an example in the faith. Each pastor spoke on a different part of the theme verse.
Some highlights for our kids were helping to set tables and ringing the dinner bells. Myla was made an official kitchen helper by one of the pastors so she enjoyed drying dishes with the teens after meals. All of the kids roamed the grounds picking flowers, chatting with the teens, watching game time and just having a good time out in nature! As Daniel said, "when you are at camp, you play lots and lots of games!"
As many pastors and their families that are able to, come out for the camp. It is such an important thing for the teens to see christian families in action and for our families to see the importance of serving in every area, not just at church.