Yes, Camas Folks, we do indeed run our very own Senior High Winter Camp!
2023 is the third year for this camp and the weekend has grown in so many fun ways.
Once again, Van Helsing returned as our intrepid speaker.
And yes, his “speaks” were just as rowdy as you could hope for and imagine.
Yet, he somehow managed to take the campers deep into God’s word as we all explored what it really means to seek purity of mind, speech, and action in our everyday lives.
Add some crazy worship songs and the chapel times were full of laughter and mayhem.
There is nothing like worshiping together at camp, with the wide outdoors stretching on and on just outside the windows and a fire crackling in the lodge as a warm background to our music.
Then, after singing and our Bible lesson together, the campers and counselors broke for discussion time with small groups. Some of the most thoughtful moments of growth come as campers get the chance to ask their counselors serious questions about Scripture and what it means to follow Jesus day to day.
Of course it wouldn’t be winter camp without a few runs down our terrifying tube hill!
The pictures are not the best quality, but hopefully these blurry images will help you hear the laughter and screams, and imagine these teens break out in smiles as the icy powder flies in their faces and their friends cheer them on.
Now, we have a rule that you cannot go down in trains of tubes. So … these pesky teens asked Scruffy if they could just make a train sans tubes, ha! Of course he said yes, as they are not likely to get hurt at these speeds. Even oozing down the hill on their backsides, they had a blast! Don’t worry, the campers who took tubes down the hill went at respectably zippy speeds!
A warm fire to light up the darkness completed the evening.
But tubing is not our only snow activity. These boys enjoyed a quick game of hockey with Scruffy and Princess Leia Freyja right before a snowy walk and … an even larger game of hockey!
After running around in the snow, its time to sit by the fire and play a game with friends.
And then … cabin pictures!
What do you think happened here? Did this camper require a ride to the photo location from his counselor and his friend?
And … Here they are!
The boys of Eagle’s Loft!
The girls of Owl’s Perch!
The boys of Bear’s Abode!
The girl’s of Robin’s Roost!
And the whole rowdy crew!
It was so good to host senior high teen campers again, this time in the snow! We know quite a few of these campers from our Senior High Summer Camp and love having them back for some amazing winter fun and Bible learning. It was hard to say goodbye once more, but Princess Leia Freyja was quick to hand out doggy snuggles as the campers headed back home.
We will miss each and every one of you until the Lord sees fit to cause our paths to cross once more. However, His work continues in each heart whether at camp or at home. Set your hearts on Him and rest in His love. He will do the work that heals and gives you the strength to honor Him in all your ways!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
I Thessalonians 5:11