Cabin Devotions were always fun. In the morning, after breakfast, everyone would go to their cabins of about 10 people (including the leader) and do our Cabin Devotions. These were always fun, and we learned from them too. We learned about the characteristics of God and much more, and we also had a ton of fun joking and laughing about different things. Definitely the most fun Bible study I have ever done!
The worship on Saturday night was definitely the best of the week. You could just feel God's presence among us, and everyone was excited to just stand in the presence of God and worship Him! After worship and the sermon was over, everyone met near the lakefront to talk about what we had learned during the week and how we were going to live it out when we went home the next day. It was so cool to see all the different things that people had learned that week. It was a very emotional night for some, especially those who they or their siblings had gotten saved that night. Many of them wanted to work on having better relationships with their families, or rekindling old friendships. It was an amazing night!
Four Way Volleyball
So imagine you are playing volleyball. Except instead of a regular volleyball, you have a giant 4-foot-diameter beach ball instead of a volleyball. And there are three of them. And each team has about 18 people on it. And there are two volleyball nets connected in an X shape, so there are actually 4 teams. That's what we did during Friday night games, and it was sooo much fun! It also helped us build teamwork and being encouraging to others.
Land of Ethos
Possibly the most interesting and unique game ever. Unfortunately, it is only playable once. This is how it started: Mark Robinson (who is one of the two youth directors of Campus Life) walked onto the stage and said "Once you leave this building, you will be entering the mysterious land of Ethos. You are searching for the Moral Compass. Walk around and interact with the villagers, but remember this: Nothing is as it seems." And that was literally the only instruction we got. Each team was given a certain amount of money and a map to start off the game. Then, each team wanders around the village trying to find clues to help them find the Moral Compass. For instance, one of the villagers (all of the leaders at Summer Charge were villagers, so there were about 30 different ones) was Denise Green, who was called "The Tavern Owner." We walked up to her, and she asked us what we wanted. We used the only piece of information we knew and said "We are looking for the Moral Compass." So she said "Funny you should ask that. There was a man who came through looking for that a few years ago. No one has seen him since." Confused, we asked, "Which direction did he go?" She answered "I sent him to the blacksmith, because he said he needed his sword sharpened. The blacksmith is just down that path." So we followed that path and arrived at the blacksmith shop. There, we were told that she had seen the man, repaired his sword, and sent him on his way. She told us which direction he went, and we went that way also. So we went and walked around the rest of the village, talking with other villagers, such as the Beggar, the Prospector, the Merchant, the Law Enforcement Officer, the Bard, and so on. Within the game, there were multiple paths you could take. One was following the footsteps of the man with the broken sword. But there were others, such as helping the poor Merchant lady to help support and feed her husband, who is in jail, but the jailor won't say why. The merchant lady says it was because he found out something he wasn't supposed to know. Or, you can try and figure out the fisherman's riddle. It was a very unique game and very fun too!
And there you have it! These were my favorite moments of Summer Charge. Huge shoutout to all the staff at Summer Charge for being so fun, friendly, and patient. Sometimes we were really hard to deal with, and with so many of us, it isn't always easy to get us all to pay attention, but they were very patient and kind with us. I hope that I can be as patient as they are someday. I know I have a lot of work to do!
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