Tuesday, August 23, 2005

What I Learned at Camp

I love camp. I am fortunate enough to get to go to camp a couple times each summer. I am a youth pastor.

Each year prior to camp we look for ways to bring the kids closer to Jesus. We attempt to get the best bands we can for our times of worship. We try to find the best speakers to challenge the students to check their relationship with Jesus. Sometimes we do a great job, sometimes we miss.

At camp we also have plenty of games to entertain the kids. You figure we have to fill 6 days. Kids would be bored out of their minds if we just let them try to entertain themselves all day and night. We play night games like Bible Smugglers and Counselor Hide-n-Seek. We even have a talent show! During the day we have field games and a mud pit. All great ways to keep everyone busy and entertained.

This year we tried to kick up the spiritual aspect of camp, at junior camp. Junior camp is a camp for 4th through 6th graders. Usually we have speakers that do their own music and have their own props. It is an elaborate production. We wondered if junior campers could handle a deeper message.

This year I was the speaker at junior camp. This year we had a worship band similar to the ones we have used at junior high and high school camps. It was an incredible success. The kids met the challenge and ate it up. It was so great to watch little guys worshipping on their own. They did not need to be taught, they knew how to worship.

Lesson learned. Never underestimate the ability of a person, regardless of their age, to worship God.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Matthew 11:25

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