Our morning devotionals today focused on the concept of encouragement and building each other up. We all tried to make a focus on saying kind words, offering help, being present, and paying attention to the needs of others. This is a theme we are praying will continue throughout the week.
Today we got to meet all the day campers from the Sutton area as they arrived at camp. Our team was wholly impressed with how quickly the students and the campers got together, introduced themselves, and started to gel together.
The morning started with a series of led icebreakers led by Eaglecrest staff. This was fantastic as it allowed everyone to become familiar with camp and with each other. The students jumped right into games of Gaga-ball and 9-Square.
After the icebreakers we all gathered together in the barn for worship together. This was high energy! The Alaska campers ranged in age from 4 to 15! There were some instant connections between the Alaska campers and our students.
A great moment for our student teams were the two skills clubs that they ran today. One was an obstacle course and the other was making paracord bracelets. We had four teams of 6 compete in the obstacle course. The course consisted of mental and physical challenges, including de-scrambling Bible verses, identifying the locations of Alaska’s 8 National Parks, and shooting a Nerf gun dart into the Gaga-ball pit. The winning team finished with a time of 11:52. The paracord bracelets were a big hit! And not only at the time with the Alaska campers, but also with all of our students after hours! Our group probably made a hundred bracelets together.
After camp concluded and the local students went home, we ventured to a local grocery store to pick up snacks and supplies for upcoming skills clubs. It was a great chance to step away from camp and catch our breath for a moment.
Tonight, we had the opportunity to share some of our stories. As a team we are having a leader and several students share their stories each night split into two different groups. These are great, intimate moments that allow us all to open up a bit, be vulnerable, and grow together as we learn about each other.
A great reminder that one student shared with our group was that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. That truth is something we are encouraging the students to carry with them through their middle-school aged lives that seem so full of changes.