I can not believe this week is over already. I just can’t. It’s Saturday afternoon. The first group of kids is GONE! How did this happen!? Alas, it’s true… but they had fun! And we had fun!
Dave finished up his lessons on what we need in our backpacks for life by talking yesterday morning about an axe/hatchet. This hatchet would help us feel safe, hammer nails in, and cut down fire wood so we could cook and stay warm on our journey. If you’ve never seen a hatchet before, it’s iron on a wooden handle, sharpened at one end. Dave talked about the importance of friendship, and more importantly — the importance of having friends who will push us toward deeper trust and faith in God through our relationships with them. Deep friendships are like iron, which sharpens our iron. Dave used the story of David and Jonathan to illustrate this point. Jonathan could have given David up in a quest to be King, but because of their deep friendship — stronger than the bond of brothers — Jonathan did what he knew was God’s will and saved David’s life, which let him eventually become King. The verse surrounding this was Proverbs 27:17, and yet another bookmark was given to be stuck into that verse as well. The idea here is that if we can surround ourselves with great friends, we’ll always be pushing each other into deeper, more God-honouring relationships.
The final item in Dave’s backpack was a flag. Jesus sent His disciples out to go and make disciples of all nations. The idea here is that Jesus has this “crazy and inefficient idea” of letting us spread the Gospel, so we need to GO! This message was based around Matthew 28:19 a.
If you would like a visual reminder to spark conversation with your kids after they’ve now returned home, Dave shared his outline with me and I’ve attached it here. It’s got the symbol, the verse, the story, and the Big Idea that went along with each teaching.
Do you have a YouTube account? Are you the kind of person who subscribes to YouTube Channels? If you are, you should totally follow us! I took a couple videos on my phone this week, and the only way to get them onto the internet with Camp’s limited bandwidth supply was to upload them from my phone to YouTube while I ate dinner at Wendy’s in Huntsville last night… haha thanks for free Wi-Fi Wendy’s! So here they are, embedded into the post. Feel free to click on subscribe while you’re there so YouTube lets you know when we upload a new one (hopefully once or twice a week, but I’ll have to wait til I’m off site to put them up). I think you can even set it to email you if we add a new video!
The first video is of worship during Underground one morning. Wednesday morning I believe. I really like the sound of so many voices, especially so many young voices, blending together in worship to God. That’s what we’re here for, isn’t it? (Apologies on the skinny video — apparently I forgot how to take video from my phone 😉 )
The second is of Julia helping and encouraging a Camper at the Low Ropes course. From what I saw while I was there, this was the climate set for the whole course with campers encouraging each other and being built up by their leaders and friends. The low ropes course is all about team work and building trust, so that is great to see.
Finally, check out some pictures from the day!
We had tubing….
The LITs arrived safely back from their Algonquin Park canoe trip! I’m told Cait and Graeme have great stories, pictures, and videos for me, so look forward to those soon!
I told these kids to look ‘fierce’ while they waited for the targets to be fetched so they could head up to archery.
Yesterday’s lunch theme was ‘Rest.’ As usual, the Kubbies were in fine form, with some of them even cuddling on the family member who came with them!
The beach was lovely yesterday, and the water was even much calmer than Thursday (which let us get water sports and tubing pictures).
Here are all the Cabin Photos from Nova/Kubbies 2015! It was quite the task to get everyone together in one place, let me tell you! But they always turn out so nicely and they’re great mementos for the kids, so feel free to download them from the blog here and save them if you see your child in one of the pictures.
And, because I love the sharing nature of our Kahquah family, I was given memory cards and jump drives through the week with some GREAT pictures on them, so I thought I’d share. I know I already gave you my pictures of Capture the Flag, but David got some awesome ones too, as well as some great shots of Campfire.