Junior High 2


Today’s weather was much better than yesterday’s! Swimming was actually a viable option and many campers took advantage of that. Rainy days at camp can be fun, but it’s just wonderful to have a great sunny day!

Swimming Dive

Each morning and evening the campers attend flag raising/lowering respectively. During this time, we pray for our country and its leaders. I’ve actually been quite blessed to see how the campers do care enough to pray for America.

Amphitheater

The highlight of the whole day was the volleyball tournament. I’m always amazed to see how cabins are brought together by this time and they really work to encourage and uplift one another. There’s definitely a potential for bickering and fighting, but I honestly don’t see a whole lot of it! The Lord has really uses this simple game to do some of His work in us. How cool!

Volleyball

This last picture is my favorite from the day (which is saying a lot – I took over 550 of them!), and I almost missed it. The dragonfly was so still and content to stay on this girl’s nose, and she was content to have it there.

Dagron

I’ll leave you with a quick thought: Tonight I was not in the best of moods, but I realized that I have nothing to get angry about. My sins are gone. My eternal life has been bought by the One who died, was buried, and then rose again. I have been joined in His death, and so I have been joined in His life. What joy should be mine!

Don’t let a foul mood or poor circumstance get in the way of your joy. Sure we may be sorrowful or hurt for a time, but we must not forget that Jesus Christ – the One who paid our debt if we name Him Lord – is still seated on His throne and has everything under control. Let your joy be found in Him!

– Warren

Klaus Und Craig

The characters above are new to¬† camp this summer. Klaus, a “hip” foreign exchange student from Germany came to Guy looking for a cool American road trip to take. Guy paired Klaus with Craig – a really cool worker at camp. They have had wild and crazy adventures since beginning their road trip. Today, they were pulled over by a policeman for running a red light.

The weather was cooperative for parts of today, but uncooperative for others. Nonetheless, the campers had a blast doing whatever they were doing (whether they were getting wet or not).

Rainy People

The rain didn’t stop these campers from playing four square. Note the puddle that they’re playing in – can’t even see the division of the squares.

Rainy Four Square

Micah Labovitch presented the gospel message tonight. Be in prayer that the words he spoke would drive at the hearts of the campers who do not yet acknowledge Jesus as Lord. Also be in prayer that the counselors would have wisdom to take opportunities to share the Gospel wherever they can.

– Warren

Micah

Monday. The final frontier. . . Wow. That’s a real corny introduction, but it’s late, and I’ve been around junior highers all day.

Starting over.

The following picture recounts the adventure of the Camper-Gets-Taped-Up-and-the-Rest-of-His/Her-Cabin-Tries-to-Tape-a-Balloon-to-Said-Camper-While-Blindfolded-and-Whilst-Said-Camper-Hums-a-Tune-on-a-Kazoo game. I’m a fan, even if the name is a little unwieldy.

Balloons

In this picture, we see the adventure of the zip line played out on the faces of campers waiting to go down the Screaming Eagle Zip Line. See the joy and excitement!

Zip Line

Hereafter we see two games – the likes of which will leave camp changed and . . . different. Iconic games. The first – Nuk’em – a game loved by campers old and young, has already been played many times (and it’s only Monday!).

Nukem

The second iconic camp game is the ever-popular Clue. This week, the campers were visited by a slew of Disney characters: Simba and Rafiki, Captain Hook, Snow White and her dwarves, Sleeping Beauty and Fauna, and a slightly surly Pinocchio with his Blue Fairy. Quite possibly my favorite camp game ever.

Clue

In case you are wondering, I realize that this post is more sarcastic than normal. Thanks for sticking with me!

Here is one major way you can be praying for Tuesday: that the Gospel message as presented by Micah Labovitch would effect change in the hearts of the campers, and that the Holy Spirit would do mighty works in all our lives! Thanks for praying, and have a great day!

– Warren

So, as the title of this post suggests, I’m going to be listing a few of my favorite things about junior highers. This is definitely my favorite age group here at camp (though I’m a fan of the others as well) for many reasons, but here are a few:

1. They are willing to laugh at the stupid things the staff does, but they also get sarcasm and witty comments. The variety show tonight was a perfect opportunity to combine both. The campers (and I) laughed harder tonight than in many weeks.

Blue Trolls

2. They love wild and energetic speakers (as do I). Micah Labovitch is just that. He is a very passionate, very crazy speaker and the campers are already responding well to him! I’ve known Micah for 5 years now, and I know how much he desires to see our youth living out a life devoted to Jesus Christ.

Micah Labovitch

3. Junior Highers are at the age where they want to know that they are loved, and even though they may have barriers and baggage, Camp Lebanon is a place to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. You can pray that barriers would come down early and that the Gospel of the Kingdom would shine into unrepentant hearts, and encourage the Children of God who are here. And you can also pray that the staff would be able to demonstrate a glimpse of God’s love for these campers.

Sunset

Have a good day and remember to bless your Creator!

– Warren