Ontario was the next stop for the campers on this cross Canada road trip! As we reached the halfway point of the week, campers got up for a breakfast of apple & raspberry turnovers, before picking their activities and participating in cabin clean-up. They then headed to Aboveground for a session with Pastor Nolan before heading to their first activity for the day. The weather was all over the place, with sun in the morning, to rain spitting in the afternoon, to a complete downpour during supper. Luckily, the rain didn’t stop free swim, activities, or the camp-wide game!
For lunch dress-up today, campers dressed as people from the city – specifically, Toronto! The diversity the campers demonstrated was awesome; we had Blue Jays, Justin Bieber, and Drake fans, as well as cabins literally dressing up as the CN tower! Everyone was eager to get into the dining hall for some hotdogs, macaroni & cheese, and veggies for lunch. After singing some songs and sending cabin leaders & campers around the tables for fun, everyone headed to tuck and bunk for a bit of rest time before starting their other two activities. Even though it was lightly spitting, it didn’t stop anyone from having fun and enjoying themselves all around Camp.
Today for Aboveground, Pastor Nolan talked about facing fears. He showed a video of Peter denying Jesus three times, demonstrating one of the most upsetting moments of Peter’s lifetime. We often think that if our life was threatened, we would do the right thing – give it up and not deny Jesus, but in reality, Peter shows how fear often gets the best of us. A lot of us go to church, but sometimes we miss the importance of it, like Peter did; he followed Jesus but he missed the point. This was Peter’s worst possible moment, but he owns this story of brokenness. The point of following Jesus isn’t about getting it right, it’s about sharing how you messed up. Nolan shared a story about a young girl in Saudi Arabia who wanted to learn more about Jesus, by keeping a blog and writing about her discoveries. However, when her family found out about her love for God, they did not take it well. She kept writing in her blog about how amazing it was to know Jesus, knowing that it was for Jesus’ sake she was persecuted. Her brother ended up killing her after she gave her life to the Lord. She gave it all in a world where it is very difficult and costly to follow Jesus. A faith like that should scare our fears; this is the kind of faith we should ask for. God will bring us opportunities to show our love for Jesus!
For supper, campers had a classic Canadian food – poutine! It seemed only fitting for a Canadian theme this week, and watching the campers receive their food excitedly made it seem like they thought so too. Once everyone had scraped their plates clean, campers changed for their camp-wide game activity. The game Uncle Noah and Luke introduced was a new one for Camp, and was designed like a Canadian reality TV show! Two campers participated in each round, one was blindfolded and the other was directing the blindfolded one. Uncle Luke would ask a Canadian trivia question, and the two campers would have to find their way into the dining hall to their designated table and flip over a “true” or “false” response, as to what they thought the correct answer was. Uncle Noah was there counting the points! It was a game filled with laughter and entertainment, what else can you ask for from a camp-wide game? After an Aboveground session followed by some campfire time, the campers snuggled up in their cabins for a small snack, and quickly fell asleep after a tiring day!
Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider