During Underground this morning, we sang a couple of pretty powerful songs, and then Pastor Paul got up and delivered a pretty powerful message. A song that’s been really hitting home for me lately is called Rooftops, and the chorus goes like this….
So I stand before You God
I lift my voice because you set me free
So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open, to the One, the Son, the Everlasting God.
Isn’t that powerful? Isn’t that incredible? That that’s the God we serve? I was pretty humbled by that thought this morning.
Shortly after that, Pastor Paul got up to preach about our Call of Duty. He talked about duty in a military sense, and how you don’t get to argue with your Commander. When you’re told to do something, you don’t say “but I don’t wanna” and put it off, because you know what’s good for you. He illustrated it really nicely with a skit using Uncle Matt Cober (Cobra, as we’re now trying to get to stick on him as a nickname). Paul yelled at Matt like a drill sergeant, firing commands in his ears, and when Matt sassed him back, Paul picked him up and held him over his own head and asked what he was going to do then. Matt ended up dropping and giving Paul ten by the end of the illustration, because Matt’s response to being held over Paul’s head was “I’m over you now.”
The best part about the whole illustration though was that Paul let Matt sit down and then went on to explain that with God as our Commander, He’s loving and we don’t get our ears screamed in. But we still need to listen to that still, small voice.
I was impacted, and I saw a lot of very attentive faces in the crowd, so I hope the kids were, too.
Speaking of the crowds, I did manage to have a camera on me to take a panoramic shot of all 100+ people in Underground worshipping together. It was a pretty awesome sight, and an even more incredible sound. Those kids just belt these songs.
Throughout the rest of the day, I probably took enough pictures to last me all week, except that I didn’t make it to all the activities. I still need to get across the road for the mountain biking, the archery, the low ropes, and the rock wall, and I haven’t seen any nails being painted yet, but some of the pictures you’ll see in tomorrow’s blog will more than likely be from today because I’m off tomorrow, and am off site for the day. There are MANY activities going on through a typical day at Summit, as I’m sure you can well imagine with nearly 100 children on site. It’s been my experience through the last five years of teaching that bored kids normally get into mischief, but not to worry, they don’t have time to be bored here!
First of all, we’ve added Paddle Boarding as a legit activity this week instead of just something kids can get into as a cabin during Free Swim. This is probably best, as some of the games Generals Ryan and Laura have planned during Free Swim would be enough to make me not want to be on a paddle board during Free Swim at all, as much as I love paddle boarding.
During the Drama Major, Aunt Natalie and Uncle Bailey had the group of boys divided into two groups, and each group was given a machine that they had to act out as a group. One was a blender, the other was a hair dryer… can you guess which is which?
Watersports looked like fun today. I didn’t make it out on the boat with them, but I did manage to creep from the docks and the stairs leading down to the waterfront.
One Camper (I couldn’t tell who it was) is such a great skier that the first thing I noticed was one solitary ski, dropped and floating in the water. Then, I saw him come back into the dock on one foot, and he finished off his ride with skill.
Check out Aunt Teagan giving kneeboarding instructions. And if you noticed, you’d be correct, that is Pastor Paul’s daughter Natasha, who is with us as a Summit Camper this week. I remember that kid from when she could barely talk. It makes me feel a tad old :p
From my post by the finger docks and on the waterfront stairs, I got to watch canoeing techniques being instructed, and then within time, the canoes all set out into the water. It’s always really neat for me to walk around on the first day and see all the learning that’s going on. The teacher in me must be coming out, when I get excited to see kids learning, even on their summer vacations.
During pontoon fishing, Curtis caught his FIRST EVER FISH!!! Way to go, Curtis!!! Apparently, this was a 2 lb. (approximately) Bass.
Today’s lunch theme was Boot Camp. It was pretty funny to see the creative ways that ALL of the cabins dressed up. We have some pretty creative groups of kids and leaders out there this week. The cabin with their shirts over their faces, they’re Ninjas, by the way. There seemed to be some confusion over that.
The rock climbing majors spent today on this side of the road, learning how to do up their harnesses and tie their knots properly. Here they are, learning to do up their harnesses the correct way so that they stay safe. Some of them have done climbing before, but it was good for them to have a refresher as well.
We have opportunities for our artsy kids this week as well as our water lovers and our sporty ones. In the first activity period, campers were learning about the Rule of Thirds with Aunt Brittany in her Photography major, and working in a workbook she created for them.
We have an Art group second activity. In second activity period with Aunt Jill, campers listened to a song chosen by Jillian, and then they get to pick out a personal meaning for themselves and decide what they’re going to use to express themselves artistically using the song as a base. They can use any materials available to them, and they’ll be building on their choices throughout the week. It was really nice to see so many boys in this activity, and one of our trusty maintenance guys, Joe, was at the end of the table helping to explain some graffiti techniques.
At kayaking major, it was once again nice to see kids learning to paddle properly, and being shown the proper way to pull a kayak into the water. They set out for the island, and from my various vantage points, I managed to catch them all along their journey on their first day.
At Wilderness, Uncle Jared and Aunt Candace were teaching their kids how to build a fire.
At cookie baking, once the cookies were baked and the kids were ready to eat them, Aunt Kristen and Nate, another of Pastor Paul’s kids, were asking Bible Trivia questions to determine the order they’d get their cookies in. Rather unfairly, though, Nate kept yelling out the answers. There was plenty to go around though, so no worries there! The cookies were delicious.
Because we have SO MANY kids here this week, we have opened tubing up into two boats, one launching from the finger dock and the other from the ski dock. I have a lot of respect for our boat drivers, because I could hear the effort that went into making sure they were aware of their surroundings. The boat that I was in, driven by Tracy, was continuously aware of the other ski boat, as well as exactly how many kayaks were in the water, and where they were at all times. It’s a lot of responsibility, but they bear it well.
And my final item for tonight — During the Free Swim game, campers had to tug of war, in the water, fighting one cabin against another. When they were done the game, Aunt Laura signalled that they could go in, and they FLOODED the water in the beach area, as well as taking off for the dock to swim in deep water.