During each week in the month of July, kids have been at camp. Boys and girls, younger and older kids. Each week targeted that special age group with a mix of fun activities, and daily learning the truth in the bible.
Adult leaders are enjoying some much needed rest as they get back into the routine of their daily lives at home and work. Kids are enjoying a couple final weeks of Summer relaxing, before they return to school.
Our kids are a missions field. When Paul travelled to do mission work in the first century, he made it a point to report back to the church at home. Telling about that great work. Adults can be humble about their service to God. Kids can be forgetful.
Here’s your assignment.
Find an adult who served at camp. Ask them about how it went. There’s frustrations and war stories, to be sure, but listen to the blessings that resulted. Kids lives are being touched, and lifelong memories forged. Volunteering at camp isn’t a calling for everybody, but you can still pray, and offer support from afar.
Find a kid who was at camp. Ask them what they did for the week, or how they liked it, and 9 times out of 10 the answer will be “nothing,” or “it was OK.” What did you expect them to say? That was a dumb question.
Don’t worry, if you asked the above dumb question, you could follow it up with things like this.
- What did they do to you at camp, torture you? It must have been real agony out there.
- How many kids did they lose to bears this year? I’m glad to see you survived.
- That must have been terrible, the way they made you swim, go fishing, shoot bows and arrows, and all that stuff. I hope next year they’ll find somebody else to hold the target.
- What about that camp food? You didn’t have to starve out there did you?
- You probably didn’t even learn about Jesus, or how to be with him in heaven.
OK, well, that’s just the kind of thing I might toss out there. It might get you some crazy looks, but a vague answer makes my imagination run wild. If it starts a kid to talking about the real fun they had, and what they learned, it’s a good thing.
The point is to ask specific questions. You may soon find the trickle that broke over the dam has just turned into a torrent. You may have a hard time getting them to be quiet, and you’ll learn all kinds of things a bout camp, the food, people they met, and more.
Be sure to ask:
- What did they liked the best.
- What was their favorite activity, their favorite camp meal, ?
- Was there any memorable moments they had in a class?
- Did they learn any new camp songs?
- Who was in their cabin?
- Did they make a new friend?
- Did they have a favorite counselor?
- Did they learn any bible stories?
The questions can be endless, but it’s going to be up to you, the adult, to connect and learn. Help unlock those memories.
What? Don’t have time to corner a kid in the hallway at church? Ask the pastor if he’s agreeable to having the kids take over the worship service, to respond to questions, and share the joy with everybody. Kids could share those stories, camp songs, and even show off a little in recreating favorite memories. It’ll let kids who missed it know about the fun. It can get adults excited to take part in leading the kids, or at least in building relationships, and a willingness to be a mentor and role model for the kids.