- Terri Ward
Kids' Camp was a blast this year with the addition of a 20' water slide and huge obstacle course! The kids had so much fun playing games, making crafts, telling stories at the bonfire and making lots of friends. They also created daily themes in their cabins using only elements on the campgrounds. Added to that was a wonderful spiritual element which included Team Time Devotions, and spending the entire week putting together a production of the story of the blind man from the book of John. They worked each day on the drama in three teams: the set crew, who built the entire set, the dancers who added a whimsical musical element, and the actors who acted out the blind man's story. It was an amazing presentation on Saturday morning for all the parents to see.
- Terri Ward
This past summer’s senior high camp saw God work through some amazing people and situations. This year we were fortunate to have more counselors than in the past. For many, this was their first year as counselor. The counselors led small group discussions and some led workshops. I can not thank them enough for taking the time to counsel and invest in our district’s youth.
We were fortunate to have the Eastern Nazarene Ministry Team, Never the Same. The ministry team was made up of juniors, Stephen Taylor and Leann Williams, sophomore, Bethany Mohnkern, and freshman, Canaan Hess. They led our worship services and led the youth in team games. They did a great job of leading our worship services, games and with connecting with our youth.
Our speaker was fairly new to our district. Our own district superintendent, David Sharpes, was our speaker. Each day he spoke on a different topic. His topics included: The Bent-over Woman (Luke 13:10-17), The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-26), The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-12), The Gardarene Demoniac (Luke 8:26-39), The Unclean Woman (Mark 5:21-43). His messages and illustrations were relative to where our youth are at and the messages hit home to many.
Each year we usually take a trip off the camp grounds. In past years we have gone to Taughannock Falls State Park. The youth could swim, play in the yard or take a trip to the falls. This year we did something different. We went to Greek Peak’s Hope Lodge indoor water park. Thankfully, we did this year. A strong thunderstorm passed through the area.
Also, while we were at Greek Peak, I received a phone call to inform us that shortly after we left camp they lost power. It was unknown if dinner would be ready by the time the youth returned from Greek Peak. All sorts of thoughts started going through my mind about showers, dinner, bathroom use, what to do with over eighty youth and staff should we be without power for a prolonged period of time. There were a few phone calls made and a lot of prayer. As we pulled in to camp, we noticed the lights on at the motel. In speaking with the kitchen staff, the lights had come back on as the buses pulled in to the driveway. The very capable and adaptive kitchen staff was also able to get things prepared so everything was ready when we arrived.
God is faithful and good. This year, as in years past, He has done some amazing things through camp. I am thankful for the people that were obedient to His call to come as counselors, kitchen, cleaning, grounds and maintenance staff and for the amazing youth that we have on our district.
Submitted by Doug Parks
Highlights from Camp 789 2013:
- Submitted by Deb Eddings
Save the date: July 14-19, 2014