Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Winter Blast 2012

So .... it has been 7 months since the last time I blogged.  I'm not really sure what happened.  I still read all my friends' blogs (and a handful of well-written strangers), and I always think how nice it is to feel all caught up with them.  So I think I'm back.  I even updated the music (although my feelings aren't hurt if you mute it :-)  Winter Blast at Camp Beechpoint is a great reason to start the blog back up.

Thanks to some great camp friends I have pictures from Winter Blast.  Enjoy this snapshot of the fun!
Ka'Ja, Jada, and Kendra on the bus headed to camp.
How one boy packed to come to camp - he put all his belongings into his coat, zipped it up, and slung it over his shoulder.
Gym games!  We sure love having a gym during the cold winter!  The leaders ran through all the kids and tried not to get hit with the balls in order to score points for their team.  Hilarious.  What little kid doesn't want to throw balls at their leaders?
Mya, Shayann, Ka'Ja, Megan, Drew, Bella, Curtynaija
On the Great Klondike Derby the kids use team work to accomplish a series of tasks.  For this one they had to try to get the tire off a tall pole.  Bonus points for ingenuity ... even though I suspect this ended with tears!
They also used teamwork to saw a log branch some kindling.  Every kid thinks this is cool.
Each camper had a turn trying to hunt a giant polar bear.  (I love Riley's hat!  And seriousness, lol.)
And on the Derby they had to work together to build a shelter the whole cabin could use to get out of the cold, lol.  I mean, to be fair, I'm not too sure I could do much better.  It was my friends who took these pictures, after all.  I didn't even go on the Derby. ;-)
Our lessons were from Ephesians 6:11 - "Put on the full armor of God so you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil."  I got to teach both the younger boys and the younger girls.  I loved it!  Teaching is always my favorite part of camp!
I know what you're all thinking.... "If only I could have THAT GUY'S job for the weekend!"
One of my supporters sent slipper socks for the girls!  They were super excited to have new socks.  I saved them for Saturday night so they'd have something warm and dry to sleep in after all day in the snow.
TriNiya didn't really want to smile in pictures this weekend ... but couldn't help herself during sledding!
This picture is taken half way down the hill.  No wonder they all sleep so good on Saturday night!  One little boy wrote in his thank you letter that he thought he was the coolest kid ever since his sled went the farthest ... until he realized he now had to walk the farthest to get back up the hill!
At the end of the weekend each camper writes a thank you letter to their sponsor:
"First the food was awesome.  We went sledding and the Klondike Derby.  The only bad part was farting in the cabin.  We also learned about the armor of God.  Thank you for making it possible for me to come here.  I hope I can come again.  Sincerely, Tyson" - age 10
"Now I think I really have a relationship with God and now my love is stronger.  This was a blast!" - Aubrey, age 11