Day 3

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It’s hard to believe we’ve already finished day 3. It has been great to watch the kids grow closer this week. Camp is such a unique opportunity where they learn to stretch their comfort zone & connect on a deeper level with the other kids in our church group. We love seeing them talk, laugh & enjoy activities together. I took a lot of pictures from the outdoor tracks today but the internet connection seems to have gone out so hopefully they will load during the night. Tomorrow, I’ll make the rounds of the indoor tracks. We were commenting today on how well behaved our FBC kids are when at camp. We have some of the most polite & conversational kids. The staff seems to enjoy chatting with them at meals & free time.  Moms, you should be proud. 🙂
We are all looking forward to OMC (organized mass chaos) tomorrow. That’s definitely one of the week’s highlights. We’re just hoping the weather stays beautiful because it was perfect today. So be watching for those pics to come because they’re usually pretty funny.
Thanks for your prayers while we’ve been here. We are seeing the kids grow in so many ways. Tonight they got to hear from our assigned church group staffer. They were so attentive as they listened to his story of how God has worked in his life. Please ask them about TJ when they get home. He has grown on our kids & I think they’ll remember him for a long time.
Check the Photobucket link to see if this afternoon’s pics have loaded yet.

Day 2

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Wow! What a busy, busy day it was for everyone. Breakfast time was a little rough for those that chatted into the night instead of falling asleep right away. That’s always when we discover quickly who is a morning person & who is not. LOL  I have to admit I’m not one but multiple cups of coffee help a lot.  🙂
The kids got to spend multiple times yesterday with their Bible Study group leaders and are really connecting with them. The staff here is sooooo great with the kids & really go out of their way to get to know them. The kids also had the first time at all their activity tracks. There was a little anxiety for some, knowing they were going to learn something totally new but much excitement because they all got tracks they put on their list. They are all making new friends and were all smiles yesterday when we met them after the tracks. Today I plan to go to as many tracks as possible to get pictures.
Last night our whole group got to do something none of us have ever done. I had reserved a time for us all to play Bazooka Ball, which is sort of like paint ball except with nerf textured golf balls. We played adults against girls then adults against boys then girl winners against boy winners. It was a BLAST! Not really sure who had more fun but I got video of the last round & it’s loading to the Photobucket album now. The funny thing was the tiniest kids were the most nervous but they ended up being in the winners circle because they could hide so well behind the shields. Let’s just say that even in camo the adults were easy targets.  🙂
The kids all had another hour of hang time after that so they had some great free time just hanging out together. The reason I couldn’t blog last night was I was having a great time connecting with the kids & didn’t want to be tied to my tablet blogging. But I got pulled away about 10pm to transport the staff medic to another church’s child who walked into a swinging golf club. 😦  Thankfully it looked scarier than it was & they didn’t have to take him for stitches. Pray for that child to heal quickly & be able to enjoy the rest of his week.
Thank you again for sending your kid to camp! Yesterday’s theme was “God Rescues from Captivity” and we were reminded of what Jesus did on the cross to rescue us from our sin. We read about the Israelites being freed from captivity back in Egypt when they placed the blood of a spotless lamb over their doors before the death angel passed over. Pastor James talked to us about our own captivity in sin & our need for God to rescue us. Worship time was great & the kids were so engaged as they listened to him speak. We are so blessed to be in this place & be part of what God is doing in these kid’s hearts.

Day 1

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Day 1 was exciting, exhausting, exciting again, spiritually refreshing and encouraging. The kids are all finally settled in their rooms, getting the last few showers & then hopefully getting a much deserved good night’s sleep. We had a great breakfast stop in Cordele at Chick-fil-a then enjoyed lunch at the Alabama welcome center. By the time we arrived at Shocco Springs the kids (& chaperones) were ready to get off the bus. The thermometer said it was 90° when we were unloading the bus & lugging everything up several flights of stairs, but it felt more like 100°. We all appreciate A/C much more after that! The kids got to enjoy some time to get to know the campus after settling in their rooms. Supper was a hit with all the kids – chicken tenders followed by frozen yogurt! Opening Celebration was a blast, as always, and I’ve posted a few pics from that to the Photobucket so check the link in the earlier post. All the kids enjoyed some time getting to know their CentriKid staffer at Bible Study Group, then we got to spend time together as a church group & find out all the activity tracks they’ll all get to enjoy starting tomorrow. The time change made it a little rough that last hour tonight and we were all acting like we needed a good night’s sleep . . . even the adults. 🙂
If you didn’t get a call tonight from your child, feel free to call or text their chaperone tomorrow during hang time. They are ALL having such a great time. I promise!