Friday, June 15, 2012

Highlighting Camp: Games

This is the first in a series of post where I'm going to break down each section of camp and explain why we do what we do.

Here is how camp works. We rush around like raging mad lunatics trying to get everything settled. We eat dinner, go over all the rules, and then send all the students outside to spray paint their flags. The designs range from awesome to, "And what is that?"

Camp is separated into teams. Usually red, blue, yellow, and green teams (this year there may be more). Those teams name themselves things like, "The Blue's Clues Krew." Then for the rest of the week they face off in a battle of brawn, whits, and divisive unity (huh?).

Sometimes things get heated, but it all serves to build up the students and hopefully teach them to love each other more. Every year I'm astounded by two things:

1) The green team wins (I think last year was their 5th straight year)*
2) Through all the turmoil and torture we put them through, they come out loving each other more.

Allie, my wife, has put an amazing amount of hours into the games this year. Why? Because everything at camp serves the purpose of leading students to Christ. It's all important.

...we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4

In a much smaller way than real life conflict the camp games work to produce character in the students. By the end of the week almost every student will be friends with each other, and most importantly no one has ever left our camp farther away from God than they came.

Maybe the most epic of all the camp videos I've ever made. Stay to the end! Totally worth it. Camp 2008.

*There is a common factor in every green team win. Christian Trotter. He will not be at camp this year. Christian is now in college. Maybe the Reign of Green is over. We'll see.

Were youth group games a highlight or an annoyance to you?