Tuesday is for Tribal Activities!

Shawn Marler June 10, 2015

By Tuesday, campers are feeling more at-home as they settle-in to the camp routine. They're beginning to master the daily schedule and owning their cabin as their home for the session, their place of rest and retreat. They have begun to experience all the fun that Rockmont offers and are eager for the next thing. And they have a deeper sense that they belong – that they are truly part of the Rockmont family.

Monday’s focus was on Rockmont Skills, activities like Archery, Ceramics, Homesteading, Nature, Outdoor Skills, Air Riflery, and more. But Tuesday introduced the tribal activity as a mainstay of the camp program. Though Rockmont is a summer home to a few hundred campers each session, the boys really experience camp at the level of 50-70 campers their age, what we call a TRIBE. And when the tribe is together for a large-group game, that is called a TRIBAL ACTIVITY. And Tuesday is for tribal activities!

Tribal activities are all about team play, healthy competition, and a huge dose of FUN! The morning tribal activity period saw Buckeyes playing Gladiator, a two-team capture-the-flag style game played on a narrow stretch of land. Meanwhile, the Birches were playing Powerball, a uniquely Rockmont activity that involves sprinting to the opposing team’s side of the field to score play-pen balls into a container. The Hickories headed to the lacrosse field to play Braveheart, a two-team activity that requires stealth and encourages team-work. During these morning hours, the Base Campers finished packing their bags and loaded the buses to head out to Black Mountain Campground to begin their week in an evergreen forest. Some even arose for an early breakfast to make the most of their time and get some rock climbing in at Linville Gorge.

Tuesday is also for tacos! We refueled at lunch and headed to rest period before continuing with more tribal activities. The afternoon brought even more excitement in tribal activities. The Buckeyes headed out to do some blobbing, log rolling, and swimming at the Waterfront. Birches played Gladiator, and Hickory played Powerball. Each taking their turn in these classic Rockmont games. We finished the afternoon with a Free Swim. Base Camp enjoyed their first campsite meal and then set out on their various adventures – blacksmithing, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the forest. This is only the beginning of all the adventure ahead for them.

After dinner – roast beef, baked potatoes, green beans, and rolls (with apple pie!) – we were ready for one more big event. All of Bear Camp – both the Buckeye and Birch tribes – played Super Mario Brothers: Rescue the Princess. Two female lifeguards dressed up as princesses and were hidden around camp and guarded by “;Bowsers.” Campers ran to find boxes hanging in trees to get their “;power-ups” while searching for the princesses. It was exciting to see the energy that the campers brought to one of their favorite games. They fully entered the role of the characters and had a blast. The Hickories played Transformers, taking on the roles of Autobots or Decepticons. The neat thing about these activities is that instead of watching a screen, the campers are fully entering their favorite stories. It’s incredible fun and a great opportunity to exercise their imagination as they bring these stories to life.

We settled down this evening with cabin devotions, digging deeper into the good news contained in tonight’s Bible story, the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin. We heard the good news of how God cares for his people and pursues them with great compassion. At Base Camp, campers settled into their tents along the South Toe River, eager for all that is ahead on Wednesday. It was a day filled with new adventures and a great deal of fun. We are ready for more tomorrow!


Shawn Marler
Bear Camp Director

Today’s Bible Story…
Story: The Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
Scripture: Luke 15:1-10
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What’s the good news?

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