I didn’t get a chance to write a post about our experience at Kids Camp. This was Halee’s second year to go to camp and Gavin’s 1st year to be able to attend. This was my 2nd year to go as a sponsor. I have so much fun being able to attend camp as a sponsor with my kids. I know that those years are few and at some point they might not want dad to come along. (I hope it doesn’t happen, but I know it is a possibility.)
Halee was apprehensive because she was going to be the only girl going with our church this year. Fortunately she really likes our children’s director and that helped with her being anxious about going. Another neat thing that happened was that she was in a room with another group of girls that attend Immanuel Baptist Church whch is right down the street from Metropolitan. She really hit it off with this group of girls. I often found her running off to go and hang out with them to play games or just talk.
Gavin was excited from the beginning he was going with his best friend so that obviously made things a lot easier. He was the one that said he didn’t want me to go this year. (Although I know he enjoyed me being there.) He had a great time with his friend and with the guys from the other church we shared a room with. He also ran into one of his friends that dates back to when he was going to school at Bethel Life. Gavin and Colby hung out with him and his friend from his church almost the entire time.
There were a couple of things that were neat for me to observe this year.
- I was ok with them going off and doing their own thing with their friends. It was fun to watch them interact with others their age.
- It was great to be in with them during our church group time. This was a time for us to not only talk about our day, but then also talk about things of God. The theme this year was “Unplugged”. We discussed things that distract us from God and it was neat to hear them be open and honest even though their “dad” was sitting right there with them.
They both walked away from the week with a desire to grow in their relationship with God. This is the desire that every parent should have when their kids return from camp. Now it is my job to follow up with them and do anything that I can to help them and give them the instruction and resources that they need to accomplish this desire in their heart.