This year 129 children and youth from Zion traveled to Camp Wapo for a week/weekend filled with games, swimming, bible study, crafts, campfire, praying, singing, cinnamon toast, bugs, devotions, 9-square, gaga ball, conversations, horseback riding, high ropes course adventures, and life changing moments.
In Bible study, worship, campfire and many other moments during the week, we explored the theme of Fearless based on Joshua 1:9. Digging into the stories of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4) , Jesus feeding the 5000 (Matthew 14), the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12), Jesus teaching about sin and the throwing of the first stone (John 8), and how God offers us and calls us to fearless love (1 John 4). On Tuesday all of the youth campers (4th-8th graders) gathered with the Zion Staff, Pastor Ted, Pastor Luke, Pastor Suzi, Kirsten and Ellen, for a morning as a congregation group. We listened to each staff share a story of a time they felt fear and how they relied on God or saw God in those moments. We completed a trust walk and played blind dodgeball to help us understand God’s ability to guide us and keep us safe.
During afternoon free time there were a few hot spots around camp. The Arts and Crafts shack was popular on friendship bracelet making day, tie dye day and paracord bracelets day. The lake was really popular on Wednesday when the temperatures soared. All afternoon, if you watch kids play 9-Square, it was a guarantee you would see at least a few Zion kids. The canteen was also a very popular place; purchases of slushies, cow tails, double lollies, ice cream sandwiches, candy of all kinds and soda were made by most (if not all) campers.
All-camp games in the evenings were a big hit, too. We are proud to report one of our cabins won 1st place in Chip Noodle. Servant fair was enjoyed by the younger youth campers while the older took on the challenge of the low ropes course. Every evening after the activity the camp would gather for campfire, an amazing way to end the night with songs of praise, skits, a message and prayers.
On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning we all weathered a storm that knocked out the power to camp for most of Wednesday. While the dining hall and chapel were a little warmer than desired, we would venture to guess most of the campers won’t even remember the power was out. They all kept smiles on their faces, wanted to keep enjoying all Camp Wapo had to offer, and carried attitudes of gratitude for simply getting to be at camp.
All in all it was a great week. Amazing kids, youth, and camp staff had a chance to simply be. Be themselves and who God created them to be, be with each other without the distractions of technology, be in the word of God, and simply just be fearless.
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