Go big or go home…and we’re not going home!
Today was an awesome first full day of Middle School Camp! We stayed so busy all day, and had so much fun!
We started off the day with breakfast, then prayers and worship with Canon Durning. In our Ohana groups we did a spiritual gifts assessment to see what our spiritual gifts were. There were lots of surprises, as well as many results that were not so shocking. (Most of our counselors had pastoral as one of the strengths?! Not surprised, they rock!!) Our hope is that discovering our spiritual gifts will lead us to know what our call is as well.
After our morning session, we broke into our three focus groups. This is the first time we have split into groups that we will be in every day to spend focused time learning a specific skill or skill set. Our three focus groups are arts, sports, and outdoor.
Our arts focus group is concentrating on a number of different projects. They group begins with some contemplative prayer time and then moves into simply creating the things that appeal to them. One of our Head Counselors, Rachel, has put together a fantastic arts focus setting for these next two weeks!
The sports group discussed aspects of sportsmanship and played a very close scoring game of kickball! They’re looking forward to the next activities throughout the week! Our Head Counselor, Anthony, is leading this group 🙂
Our outdoor focus group went out on the canoes this morning and had a blast! It was perfect out on the water, not too windy, and no rain! Our Lifeguards Meghan and Justin are the fearless leaders of this outdoor group!
After lunch and a short siesta we did some Camper’s Choice activities. If you weren’t able to catch our blog last week, Camper’s Choice is where the counselors have a variety of activities and the campers pick which one they want to go to. Today we had two sessions of Camper’s Choice followed by some inside free time (because there was a storm passing by us at that time. We are SO ready to tackle the water slide tomorrow!!) Camper’s Choice activities today included nail art, Gaga Pit, volleyball, cards, friendship bracelets, canoeing, and more!
So check out our Junior Counselors…they are the best!
They planned a camp wide scavenger hunt tonight from beginning to end. They got together to plan the clues and to set everything up. They also facilitated the entire thing from their roles, to the counselor’s roles, to what instructions and support to give the campers. It was so awesome! (I won’t give away too much of it, because it may come up again during high school week and I know we have some high school campers who just can’t wait to come to camp and may be checking out the blog!!)
Once we finished our scavenger hunt, we had our evening session with our Ohana groups and Canon Durning. A few of the counselors shared some information about their spiritual gifts and how that has impacted their life, and Canon Durning shared with us some more during our worship time. We also played a game called “Each One Teach One” where each person shares something they know with someone else and then they switch partners and share the fact they learned with the new person!
We also started our Prayer Loom tonight! It is SO awesome! Each person was invited to prayerfully tie a string to the loom and weave it however they felt led. We will continue to add to it as this week and the other sessions of camp go by, and I can’t wait to see what its going to look like at the end! (Super big shout out to my dad for building it for us!!!)
At the end of our evening we had s’mores and a sing a long around the campfire. We sang lots of songs and had a great time together!
We are looking forward to Tuesday, with another big day full of activities!!!
Remember you can email your camper at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your email arrives after 12pm on Thursday, it may not be able to be delivered to your camper.
Just a reminder that our friends and family Eucharist will take place in the New Pavilion at DaySpring at 1pm on Friday. Camper pick up will begin at 2pm. 🙂