An Exciting, New Beginning!

Shawn Marler June 27, 2016

After a couple of restful in-between session days, camp awoke with an excited energy in the air as the anticipation for Opening Day built. After a hearty breakfast, the staff assumed their positions as the Opening Day festivities were set to begin. The smell of fresh baked cookies wafted from the kitchen and fragrant coffee was being brewed.

The hyper energy was palpable in the air as campers were welcomed into their first day at Rockmont. Camp was beginning to fill up once again and was returning to its natural, joyful state. The waterfront opened, the Zip Line propelled families into the lake, and horses were available for rides. Families had the chance to taste what their campers’ lives would be like in the coming weeks.

When parents departed after lunch, it was time for camp activities to officially begin. Bear Camp kicked off the afternoon by participating in what will be the beginning of their time at one of Rockmont’s finest attractions: the Waterfront. They, along with Deer and Mountain Camps, took a swim test, which consisted of a twenty-five-yard swim and fifteen seconds of treading water with their feet up. When not taking their swim tests, the campers had the chance to participate in their first Tribal Activities. Poplars played (a totally safe version of) Hunger Games and the Sycamores over teams in Invasion. Deer Camp played both Octopus Tag and Gladiator. All these games are forms of Rockmont’s favorite pastime, Shirt-Tail Tag!

Tonight was one the first nights that the entirety of camp was able to break bread with one another. They enjoyed a full meal of baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, and dinner rolls. The finale was ice cream cups! After being refueled from a busy morning and afternoon, every Tribe separated for a night of fun Evening Activities. Deer and Mountain Camp headed up the mountain for their first night of Council and to get a night of rest before they leave for their campouts tomorrow. Bear Camp split into the Birch and Buckeye Tribes for their respective activities. The Birches crossed the lake to The Dam to play Gladiator, and the younger Buckeye Tribe got to explore camp in their Photo Scavenger Hunt.

As both campers and guardians spend their first night away from each other, we ask that everyone reflect on Mathew 14:22-33 where Jesus Walks on Water. Whether this is their first summer at Rockmont or they are returning again, all campers took a leap of faith by coming to camp for Classic 2. Just as Peter had to trust Jesus to help him walk across the water, our parents and every child dropped off today are invited to trust that God will work in their lives over the next two weeks. Welcome to camp! We are glad you are here.

This evening’s Bible story…
Story: Jesus Walks on Water
Scripture: Mathew 14:22-33
+ Where do you connect with the story?
+ What’s the good news?

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