Grateful for a Fun-filled Friday!

Shawn Marler June 18, 2016

What a GREAT Friday to be a Rockmont Camper! God blessed camp with a cool breeze and fantastic sunshine today. Today was an all skills day, never failing to produce fun and excitement for campers and staff alike.

The Poplar Tribe of Mountain Camp returned from a fun-filled, overnight tribal campout this morning. Following their return, they enjoyed candy and refreshments from The Cola Stop. The Bear Camp tribes, Buckeye and Birch, left a little before dinner for their overnight campouts as well. Birch will have an overnight tribal campout complete with s’mores and tribal bonding time around the fire while Buckeye is having a paired cabin campout. The smallest of the campers will most definitely enjoy hot dogs and bonding time under the stars!

Deer Camp had an exciting day starting with a BOOMING morning watch. Songs of praise and joy were heard all the way to the waterfront! Counselors were proud to report that the campers of cabins 15 and 23 won today’s cabin cleanup and a trip to the Cola Stop! This evening, campers from Deer Camp are roaming the vast lands of camp while playing Behind Enemy Lines.

As usual, Lake Eden provided the setting for much fun and excitement! In Swimming Skills, Bear Campers perfected their dolphin kick, while campers of all ages raced down the Gully Washer in speed tests in Swim Sports. When asked what the most entertaining part of his day was, Mountain Camper James described a water-based competition between kayakers and paddleboards. Along with the delight at the waterfront, campers enjoyed working hard and succeeding at the climbing wall. Many campers began learning to belay climbers today, and with the help of staff were able to belay each other by the end of the skill. One Mountain Camper even mastered The Nose, the most difficult part of the Wall for the first time today.

When asked what the most challenging part of camp has been so far, Mountain Camper Burke said, “The mountain biking trip was difficult because it pushed me to focus and work harder when going down hills and over rocks.” Not only are campers making fantastic memories through hard work and new experiences, but nearly all campers are forming lasting bonds with new friends. First-year camper Brett said, “Boone and I have become really good friends. We’ve really enjoyed getting up early to go fishing and having fun even when we don’t catch any fish.”

Tonight the Hickory Tribe has a night swim, ensuring a great night’s sleep and a wonderful Saturday ahead! Our evening devotion brought us a story of incredible grace and forgiveness, challenging us to accept these gifts ourselves and then share them with our neighbors. Happy weekend from Rockmont!

This evening’s Bible story…
Story: Who Should Throw the First Stone?
Scripture: John 8:1-11
+ Where do you connect with the story?
+ What’s the good news?

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