Immediately after unpacking, kids took advantage of the new waterfront at SharpTop, including a rope swing a new water slide. As the rest of our high school friends dispersed to start games of sand volleyball and wiffle ball, I couldn’t help but think about how incredible it was to see kids just being kids. No cell phones, no deadlines for homework, no tryouts, no schedules; high school kids simply existing without competition or the need to impress. High school kids doing whatever they wanted: just being kids.
Dinner was served to us family style at round tables. We talked and laughed and ate as much as we wanted; seconds, thirds, fourths. After dinner, we headed over to the club room at SharpTop Cove called The Mill for the craziest, rowdiest Young Life club these kids have experienced since club ended in Frisco back in May. We sang and laughed with 500 of our new friends, and we leaned in and listened to our Camp Speaker Pete’s true stories about his life, and about Jesus’ life. Later, leaders would lead kids through an obstacle course. After returning to the cabin for the night muddy and out of breath, freshly baked snacks in hand, kids once again leaned in and listened as I and other leaders all around the camp led them in a conversation about what they had heard from Pete at club that night. Right around the time when the lights were turned off for bed, the same high school boy, Max, who asked me if he could do anything he wanted while we were at camp, said something else that brought a smile to face; “I can’t believe we did all of that in just a few hours. I can’t wait to see what we’ll do tomorrow”.
I can’t wait to see not only what we’ll do tomorrow, but also what the Lord will do. Thanks for praying with us for leaders and kids on this trip. Continue to check this blog for updates on our trip throughout the week. To wrap up, I want to leave you with a few photos of kids that we took after this morning's volleyball tournament. Enjoy!