We have had such a fun and busy week, we haven't even had time to update the blog! Our games have been so fun, and our students have been enjoying their free time too. We have loved our worship sessions with amazing worship and awesome speaking. Check our social media sites for pictures!
Our speaker this year is Joe Snyder. Joe was the youth pastor at Oak Pointe several years ago, and our staff that have been around our church for a long time are so excited to have him back. He's been speaking to the students all week about being all in for Jesus. Last night, he focused on having good friendships and the most important friendship of all--a friendship with Jesus. We had several students give their lives to Christ and we are rejoicing over that!
Every day after lunch, the students have also been doing their own quiet times to read the Bible and pray on their own. They're reading passages in the Bible that speak about being on fire for God.
Our games are so fun, and I"m sure your students will want to tell you all about them! Please check out this cool article called "10 Things to ask your kids when they come home from camp."
. We are planning to be home at 4:30 PM tomorrow, but you can check our Facebook and Instagram for updates!
Hello friends and families of ROCK students!
We are excited to be heading home today, but we will miss this awesome camp! We started off the morning with breakfast and quiet time. Some of our students even used their time today to finish memorizing huge passages of scripture, like the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-15. It's so cool to hear these kids spout out scripture!
We then headed off for our last session, We had another amazing set of worship led by our talented and spirit-led band. Brett spoke to us and told us another awesome miracle story. Now, it's time for our award ceremony. Which team has won the most eggs? Which team has the winning egg? Check out our Facebook and Instagram for details! After declaring our winner, we'll take a group photo, pack up the cabins, and have some lunch before departing. We plan to be back to Oak Pointe at 6:30 PM but please check our Facebook and Instagram for more accurate arrival times as the day goes on.
We had such a moving session last night. Brett gave the students an opportunity to pray one of four prayers: 1) I want to ask Jesus Christ to be my savior for the first time. 2) I am already a Christian, but I want to rededicate my heart to him. 3) I am not a Christian yet and I am still processing. 4) I am a Christian and my faith walk is strong. It was so cool to see students responding with whatever level they were at. And of course, PRAISE GOD for the students who committed their lives to Christ for the first time! Our leaders were so encouraged after being able to pray with students and discuss their faith together in cabins last night.
Today, we started out with breakfast, quiet time, and a session. We then got to do our annual cake and soda relay! The cakes were so beautiful at the beginning, but because the cakes (and ice cream and sodas) are the batons, they got a little worse for the wear by the end of the relay. After going through the lake, running through the woods, doing leap frog, and army crawling through sand (just to name a few), the students were ready to feast their way to victory!
We then had lunch (although some people weren't too hungry) and had an extended free time. We had 67 students play paintball, and it was our last day to swim, do water activities, and zipline too. After free time and dinner, we got to do our favorite camp game of all: BOX WARS. We can't wait to show off some of the highlights in our video! Our students and staff are now getting cleaned up and we're headed off to session and bed. Can't wait for more time of worship and learning about God!
We started off the day with an awesome breakfast of bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls! Then, we headed off for quiet time. We love seeing our students open up God's word and grow closer to him on their own. Thirty minutes later, it was time for our first session!
Brett spoke this morning about sin. It blinds us, it binds us, and it finds us. But Jesus set us free!
After session, we went out to play a series of field games called Dino Wars. We played Revolutionary War where students faced off shoulder to shoulder and threw water balloons at each other point blank. We played slip-n-slide kickball, tug-o-war dodgeball, and did a grease watermelon grab. Then it was time for lunch! We had pizza!
After lunch, we had free time and dinner. The students are currently finishing up a game called Dinosaur Hunt for Prey, which is like hide and seek and tag and more! Soon after, we'll start our last session of the night. Brett will be presenting the gospel tonight and inviting our students to pray a few different prayers, including inviting Jesus to be their Lord and Savior for the first time! Please be lifting our students in prayer!
Free time was awesome. Students got to swim at the lake front during free time today. They had the blob, the water trampoline, kayaks, canoes, and more. When they weren’t at the lake front, they got to zipline, do crafts, hang out at the Red Canoe, and play games.
After free time, we had a delicious chicken dinner with baked potatoes and green beans. Then, we headed to the beach for our annual cardboard boat races. It was great to see the ingenuity of their designs! Some of our staff also enjoyed throwing water balloons at the students!
After another Spirit-led time of speaking and worship, the students headed out for our Staff Hunt! We even got a special treat: a surprise performance from the legendary Swamp Boiz. Some of our staff were humbled when they were found, but many emerged victorious after 30 minutes of hiding! Then, it was off to cabins for showers and devotions. We can’t wait for a good night’s sleep and another awesome day at camp!
Our main priority at camp is growing closer to Jesus and strengthening our relationships with Him and each other. We also love playing games and having some friendly competition! Every year, we split into 8 teams. This year, our 8 teams are all competing to earn eggs. These eggs all contain DNA of dinosaurs. But one egg is really special--it contains the DNA of the Rickoperrosaurus, which paleontologists believe is the most powerful dinosaur to have ever roamed the earth.
Students earn eggs through team competitions and memorizing Bible verses. At the end of the week, we'll announce which team was the prized Rickoperrosaurus DNA and the team that has that egg will be the ROCK Summer Camp 2017 champions!
We woke up this morning for a delicious breakfast and started our day with Quiet Time. We give the students time to pray, read their Bibles, and reflect on God’s word. Today we read about how the Gospel changes everything and studied Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus.
We started our session with a game called Dino Bop & Pop. Students wore party hats and had a balloon filled with shaving cream. They faced off tournament style and tried to pop their balloon on the opponent's head. When they did, shaving cream went everywhere!
Brett told us some more amazing stories and told us that the most amazing story of all is that Jesus came to save us. He spoke from Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast."
We then decorated our boxes for Box Wars, built boats out of cardboard for tonight’s boat race, and made team murals.
After lunch, we headed out all around the camp for a massive Egg Hunt. Students got to keep the eggs they found in their team corners... maybe one of them is the winning egg!
Now, it’s free time!
We arrived at Lake Ann Camp safely at 8:15 PM and students and staff dispersed around camp to get their stuff set up in their cabins. The students then gathered around the outside of the chapel before our session started. We blocked off all the windows to keep the theme a secret until the very last minute. At 9 PM, there was a stampede inside to discover that our theme is DINOSAURS!
We had an awesome energetic set of worship music. The students then got into their teams and played the first team game called Dinosaur Tails. Students donned a tail and tried to knock down as many water bottles as they could as fast as they could.
We then got to hear from our speaker, Brett Ray. He talked about miracles and told the students he expected God to do a miracle in every person’s life here at camp this week. It can be a huge miracle or a small one, but in order to see God work, we have to be willing to take the first step. The first step is asking God, “Show me who you are.” Pray that with us—that we will all see who God is.