The chill in Saturday's morning air didn't stop early rising campers from venturing out into the grounds to participate in morning activities. Despite the nipping breeze, there were still boys out fishing and teeing off for this session’s Disc Golf Open. The ski, kayaking, climbing trips also left this morning for a day of adventure. Additionally, everyone woke up to one of Rockmont’s most recent traditions, Sugary Cereal Saturday! Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Trix, and Fruit Loops were all welcome additions to the Eden Hall tables. Everyone but Bear Camp, that is, as the youngest residents of camp had yet to return from Buckeye’s cabin Camp Outs and the Birch Tribal camping trip. Instead, the Buckeyes braced themselves for a morning full of challenging hiking. They made their way up to Choctaw Rock and were able to praise God in his wondrous creation by participating in Morning Watch at the site. It was a journey of growth for all those involved.
Bear Campers were not the only ones that faced natural challenges today. Members of the Climbing Skill left for Looking Glass Rock, a natural rock formation near Brevard, where they would have the chance to friction climb on real rock. During this trip, campers had the chance to apply the things that they learned during their skill sessions like belaying, safety procedures, and most importantly how to trust one another. The campers’ day was filled with encouraging one another to expand boundaries and broaden their skills. The kayaking trip had a similar experience during their day out on the Tuckasegee River, where they learned how to read rivers and practice their river running basics as well as paddle strokes.
With the sun warming the day, camp dove head first into a day full of tribal activities. Deer Camp ran all over camp in an exciting game of Outbreak and would later enjoy several rounds of groovy Battle Ball. Mountain camp started off the day enjoying all that the waterfront had to offer and spent the afternoon choosing from many different activities they could do with their cabins. Once all of Bear Camp had returned and were energized with lunch, they headed to the lake for Waterfront Olympics. Campers searched for Cheerwine in Sunken Treasure, barrel rolled down the Gully Washer, and faced off in the Log Tournament. Sandcastles were built, and turtles, kingdoms, spiders, and a battlefield all sprung up on Lake Eden’s beach.
As camp transitioned into evening activities, there was still more fun to be had. After a day full of running, Deer Camp settled into more casual games of Disc Golf and Intramural Sports. The Birches headed toward the lacrosse field for a camp favorite, Braveheart, and the Buckeyes played Invasion on the golf course. Mountain Camp came together to usher in the night with a game of Behind Enemy Lines.
As an active day comes to a close, campers will be asked to reflect on John 5:1-5 where Jesus heals the man who could not walk. Just as the man in the passage believed that he could not walk, but was brought new life by the power God, we must also look to our Savior for strength as we continue to grow from the challenges that the rest of the session presents.
This evening’s Bible story…
Story: Jesus Heals the Paralyzed Man
Scripture: John 3: 1-17
+ Where do you connect with the story?
+ What’s the good news?