Alaska 2017 Team Overnight!

Hello!

        My name is Gabi D. and I am one of the eighth graders going to Alaska this summer. I am going to tell you a little bit about what our team did this weekend! On Saturday morning we met at Brader Way and drove up together to a camp called Expeditions United. At Expeditions United, we split into two big groups to do a challenge course. The challenge course included team building challenges such as balancing your group on a teeter-totter like platform, climbing over a 15 foot wall, and getting your team from one platform to another without touching the ground and using a tire swing and the materials you brought with you. The challenge course was not only fun, but helpful in learning the way our fellow teammates act in a group. We then partnered up to do the high ropes course. This was a little scary for some of us (myself included), but everyone was super encouraging and we all made it down! It was definitely an exercise in trust. Then we headed to the house we would be staying at. There was a mad rush to the lake as we all wanted to go swimming before dinner. After swimming and dinner, we had individual devotional time. This was great time to relax and reflect on our intentions for the trip. We had small group discussion time and then all gathered for the campfire. We all told amazing God stories from that day and sang worship songs. We then learned more about what to say in a prayer. After the campfire, we played games and wound down for bedtime. On Sunday morning, we were all up early for breakfast and after that we played improv games, learned about the blog, and went over the schedule and packing list for our trip. After some quick skills club meetings, we also had time for another swim. In all, I think that this weekend really helped our team to connect and get to know each other better, and I think we are all a little bit more excited for the trip to Alaska!

Sincerely, 

Gabi

Second To The Last Leg

On Friday, we had the most students of any other day-a huge 6! Breakfast was French toast casserole, and the Skills Clubs were Building Catapults (no casualties) and Cupcake Decorating. In a direct quote from Dave: “Cupcake Decorating went well, but Cupcake Eating was even better!” We also had small group discussion times. That night, we had a community cookout. Most of us fell in love with an adorable little girl named Savannah, who made us all laugh. Most memorable? Luke was wearing Phineas’ (Craig’s Irish alter-ego) bright green glasses. When anyone else would put them on, Savannah would burst out laughing. When Luke gets his glasses back…..poker face. Continue reading

Debrief in Alaska

Hi everyone back home! Our day camp experience is over and now we begin the process of processing what we’ve been through. We are spending some time as a group at the top of a hill ( it’s really a mountain but when in Alaska….. ). We have had a wonderful time and are sad to think about it coming to an end. God was seen daily on our trip!!!