Saturday, August 17, 2013

Off to Camp!

Last week, my sister and I went to a Christian camp, called LIFE Camp, by Lake Lopez. The goal of this camp is to help kids live in faith effectively. The fruits of the spirit was the theme this year and our “challenge passage” (a passage out of the Bible for the kids to try to memorize as well as the daily and theme verses.) was Galatians 5.Our mom and dad dropped us off Monday morning and picked us up Saturday. Although it was a long time to be away from our parents and home, my sister and I had a marvelous time growing closer to God and having fun.

I like everything about Life Camp especially just growing nearer to the Lord. In the morning, the first of our three classes is Missionary where you learn about one missionary all week. This year it was Dr. Carl Becker, missionary/doctor to the people in mid- Africa– especially the Pigmy people. Our second class of the morning, Biography, was taught by the director. We discovered the lives of a different person every day. A few examples are Joni Ericson Tada, Eric Liddel, George Washington Carver, and Jim Elliot. Our last class was Bible where we learned about Ruth, Paul, Joseph, David, and more. In the evening we had chapel with a different speaker every night.

Life Camp offers lots of fun, active activities. After lunch girls go swimming for about an hour to an hour and a half. Directly afterward is field games where we play multiple different games such as: capture the flag, belly bumpers, soccer, dodge ball and that is only scratching the surface of all the games. Soon afterward, everyone enjoys what is probably most people's favorite activity– free time! At this time the campers are allowed to do just about anything. The only hitch is that if you want to go outside the boundaries or into the creek that flows by, you must have a staff person who is willing to accompany you or at least keep you in their sight. During some free times the staff have organized activities for the campers. One day there was a gold hunt in the creek where whoever wanted to go could learn how to pan for gold and the likely places gold would be. Another exciting expedition was when a group of campers hiked a ways up the mountain to search for fossils. Most kids found one– or two– or even more! I was in the category of “even more”. I found two rocks but combined in the two rocks was a total of three clam fossils. I was given two more rocks with fossils, their total– six plus!!! The last activity at the end of the day is “night games”. During “night games” we mostly play “blob tag” which is similar to family tag. The only other game that I can remember playing at night was capture the flag.
My LIFE Camp cabin group.

Everything about Life Camp was a lot of fun- so much fun that is- that I can't choose which thing was the funnest. I was blessed to be in a small cabin with only three other girls and one fantastic counselor. Between night time Devotions and Missions, swimming and free time, snack and dinner, everything was so fabulous. I feel like I grew closer to God and will be able to be better at the fruits of the spirit. Thank you, Jake, for putting on Life Camp so faithfully each year and for being interactive with the campers! Thanks everyone who sent me and my sister letters at Life Camp! It meant a lot!


  1. I loved your post about camp. and wow, you found fossils! It sounds like you had a great week. Makes me wish I could have been there and gone to camp too. What a blessing for you! I went to Bible camp when I was a kid and I LOVED it! It was called Lake Retreat, and we could canoe and swim during free time. My kids went to AWANA camp when they were young and World View when they were teens. Camp is fun!!!!

    1. It was a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing parts of your life with me! :)

  2. Sounds like a WONDERFUL time for you!! I am SO THANKFUL that you are open to God working in your life! Stay focused on Him and you will be blessed!

    Love, Kierstyn

  3. Hi Bethany!

    Great blog post! Thank you for taking time to share your life with us. I'm curious: You say that you now feel you are better able to live the fruits of the Spirit. How? In other words, if I came to you and said, "I want to live the fruits of the Spirit better!" What would you advise that I do?

    Love you!
    Aunt Amy Army Ant

    1. I try to remember them you know: love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, etc. Often I forget and that is my problem. Other times the problem is that I simply don't want to and later get discouraged that I "can't do it right!" when I am trying. One thing that I learned at camp that I want to remember is that I (in bold) can't do the fruits of the spirit on my own, but I need God's help to do what's right.

  4. What exactly is blog tag? (I don't know what family tag is either)


    1. BloB tag is when two people start together -holding hands- and tag people. Then, when you get four people in your chain you can separate into two groups or stay together in one. Just ask in another comment if you don't understand but basically, you must have two people together if you are it at the minimum. OK. :)

      If you want to comment with a name instead of "Anonymous" you can click on "name/URL" above where you click to say anonymous. Just type in your name where it says "Name" and you can skip the URL if you wish. Click OK or whatever it says and you know the rest! Thanks Jessica!


  5. Thanks for the commenting with a name info! That helps a lot :-)


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