I spent this past weekend in the mountains of Ramona (still not sure where that is) for Wyldlife Winter Camp. It was probably one of the most epic weekends of my life. Exhausting but epic. There is something about Jr. Highers that is just exhausting. We were at a camp called Oakbridge that was one of the coolest camps I have seen. Ok, I havent seen many, but still it was so sweet. They had a skate park, high dive, basketball courts, none of which we could use because it snowed almost 6" on Saturday night. As someone who spent 4 years in Colorado, the snow is something that I have grown to love so that was a special treat from God. Here are some other highlights:
*Dancing to Justin Bieber till the early morning hours
*Having club every day/night
*Program and entertainment night
*Double tap (Its a pretty sweet game. If you want to learn just ask. :))
*Silent football (I actually never played this but watching the kids play was fun!)
There are so many other things that happened and I could spend hours telling you all about it. But I think for me the best part was the relationships and conversations that I was able to be involved in. Camp is a unique thing because as leaders we dont have to plan anything. Normally it falls on us to plan games, talks, food ect. but camp is different. All of our attention can be on the kids and spending time with them. Camp creates space for conversations that club just cant. And for me that is what its all about. Its the reason I became a leader and a big reason that I joined Circles. Being able to pour into these kids and simply love on them as Christ would is such a wonderful blessing.
This weekend was an awesome reminder of what is important and what I should be focusing my life on. When I get wrapped up in and frustrated with work, family, and life I can look back at the time I spent at camp with those kids reminds me what it is all about.
Here are a couple pictures too...