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Day 5: Last Day

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Boys Cabin 1, also known as Warriors for God, spent some time in prayer knowing that it wouldn’t be an easy day at the end.  The week flew by for all of us!  The highlight of the day was when the campers returned to Bay Life.  They sang the songs they learned along with the motions on stage to their caregivers.  We also got a preview of our camp video.  The final version will be out in the next couple of weeks.

Overall, it was a privilege for all of us to serve the campers throughout the week.  We are praying for health and safety for the campers, and we will see them next year!

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Day 4: Talent Show

2017 Heart PicturesThe skies cleared, and as you can see, we were able to take a great shot of our campers, counselors and staff.  This picture is the perfect representation of our camp. We had almost 60 counselors and staff that surrounded our campers with God’s unconditional love throughout the week.  Through the fun times and the difficult times, our team united together to give the campers a life-changing week.

Our day ended with an amazing talent show. Acts included singing, dancing,  making paper airplanes, and, believe it or not, synchronized swimming.  The campers loved  every minute of it.

 

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Day Two: The Petting Zoo

LakeOur theme for Day 2 was God’s Grace is sufficient.  We made it through because of an unbelievable group of counselors.  It was a late night for many!  The highlight of day was a petting zoo.  The kids loved the chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, and bunnies.  We even got some great fishing and canoeing in during a break in the weather.

SOTO: We had one child that just didn’t like how the day turned out.  Due to some of the changes that had to be made, he didn’t get to go fishing.  This was a major problem for him.  However, after a long talk with our therapist Kris, he did say that this was still a great day because he got to do a lot of great things that he never tried before like petting a chicken.

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Day 1 – Campers Arrive & Carnival!

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It felt like Christmas morning for the counselors and staff.  After many months of anticipation, the campers finally arrived!  This week, we have the privilege of serving 47 campers who arrived at the campground this morning.  There were some last minute changes for the campers attending, but God provided us with a foster sibling group of 3 girls that all got to attend.  Thank you to all that serve, and a special thanks to the staff at Bay Life Church.  It was a very smooth registration time for the campers because of all those who volunteered.

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Each night we are going to try to share an experience with one of the campers.  We call it a SOTO.  One of the girls in the sibling group that was able to attend at the last minute came up to Scott at the carnival tonight.  She said, “This has been the best day of my life.  I am having so much fun!”  It is hard to fathom that a simple carnival can make that much of a difference, but it made a huge impact in this camper’s life.

THUNDERBUG!!!!

DSC_0830One of the highlights of the carnival was an appearance by Thunderbug!  Also, The Tampa Bay Lightning provided a slapshot game, and all the campers had the chance to try on goalie gear.  It was an awesome experience.  There were bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, and lots of games provided by the men’s group at Bay Life.

Please pray for good weather.  It looks like the forecast isn’t going to be great over the next few days.  Also, please lift up the campers that they stay healthy throughout the week.

 

We have Arrived!!!!

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We have arrived at camp!  Today we spent the entire day preparing the campground for our campers’ arrival tomorrow.  Cabins are decorated, the Jungle Hut set for the puppet show.  Check out our Facebook page soon for all the cabin decorations.

Pastor Mark Saunders came by to give us our evening devotions to encourage us to pour out our lives to our campers.

Please pray for:

  • Registration tomorrow
  • Our campers
  • Carnival Night
  • A couple of sick counselors.  They are pushing through
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Countdown: Two Days to Camp

Tomorrow, our 60 counselors and staff will be heading out to camp to get thing ready for the campers to arrive on Monday!  Everyone is so excited to kick things off.  We know God will provide us with a great week of fun for the kids.  Please pray for good weather, good health for counselors and kids, and for God to touch each and everyone of the kids to let them know they are loved!  We will be posting every day on Facebook, so make sure you are checking in on us.RFK Bus