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A Day at WorldSong Missions Adventure Camp!
Cabin Leaders wake up the campers for cabin capers and then lead the cabin in personal devotional and quiet time. We then head up to main campus where we have a deliciously cooked breakfast. One of our favorite camp traditions follows with Morning Celebration! This is a time designed to wake up the camp with energetic worship and camp songs. Each morning a Cabin Leader leads us in a short devotional and then we are off to Camper’s Choice!
On the very first day of camp, campers watch the creative commercials that their cabin leaders have prepared for them in order to help them decide on their Camper’s Choice activities. There are 9-12 different options for campers to choose from each summer. After the performances, campers then pick their three top favorites, create their own schedule and sign up for activities. This teaches our campers the art of prioritizing, problem solving and decision making. Campers grow in independence as they set their own schedule. Cabin Leaders are always on hand for any campers who need a little help organizing their activities.
Camper’s Choice activity options change each summer so stay tuned to the blog (www.worldsongdailynews.wordpress.com) each spring to get a jump start on your decisions! Some of our most popular choices include Outdoor Cooking, Archery, Canoeing, Expedition, and Arts & Craft. Campers go to the same three activities three days in a row. The goal is for them to leave camp with a new skill. Each Camper’s Choice curriculum is designed to show campers how they can use this new skill to create relationships and fulfill the Great Commission.
Chicken fingers, biscuits and gravy, and big-as-your-face chocolate chip cookies are some of our favorite foods at WorldSong! Campers eat at with their cabin at every meal. After lunch, everyone will head back to their cabin for Bible study and S.O.S. (see below). During this time the cabin is lead by their Cabin Leader in Bible study. Questions and discussion are highly encouraged during this smaller study time. Activities catered to the camper’s age are included to make the Bible study come alive.
During the afternoon, campers stay together in their units (age divisions) and travel to the three different afternoon rotations.
Culture Camp – This is where our missionaries hang out. At Culture Camp, campers hear stories from missionaries, participate in cultural activities, taste foreign foods and learn how life is different in other countries. Every summer we choose a new country as our theme. Each year campers discover the uniqueness of the theme country and how they can pray for its people and missionaries.
Adventure Recreation – “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” – Ephesians 3:20 teaches us that through God’s work within us we are capable of so much more than we think we are. Living out a missional lifestyle definitely requires stepping outside of our comfort zone and that’s exactly what Adventure Recreation is designed to help us do. Our youngest campers get the opportunity to go off the zipline and participate fun field games. These activities are designed to instill confidence, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
As camper’s age up, they have opportunity to participate in rock climbing, rappelling, low ropes team-building challenges, v-swing, and our oldest campers have the opportunity to try the high ropes challenge course. All activities are “Challenge by Choice” and while a camper may be encouraged to try something new, it is their decision alone to participate in these activities. Our facilitators go through intense training and specialize in certain elements. This means that our staff are prepared not only take care of a camper’s physical safety, but emotional safety as well.
Pool – What day at camp is complete without a trip to the pool? The whole unit enjoys some chill hangout time at the pool with water games lead by the lifeguards. We have lifeguards both on stands and in the pool to keep everyone safe and make sure that everyone is having fun! We even have lifeguards available to teach campers how to swim (we also offer a Camper’s Choice swimming lessons for any camper who wants to learn how to swim or improve their technique)!
Free Time – Before dinner campers get 30 minutes of free time on main campus where they can choose from activities such as four square in the air, tetherball, basketball, giant checkers, ladder ball, spike ball and more. Cabin leaders are available to lead games or sit with a camper that wants to talk. They also get to visit the gift shop during this time.
Vespers – After dinner the whole camp lines up at the chapel and walks in silence to our outdoor worship center. This is our more serious time of worship where campers hear from missionaries, cabin leaders or a member of the admin team.
Feature Night – Each night at camp is a little bit different. Mondays we have Cabin Bonding Night where the entire cabin participates in an activity their cabin leaders designed exclusively for them. It’s really important to us that campers become friends with their cabin mates and develop relationships with each other. This is why we designed this night to be fun and interactive. In the past we’ve seen campfire s’mores, tie dying, paper airplane contests, capture the flag, and talent shows just to name a few.
On Tuesdays we have Color Wars. Each summer the campers are divided into one of three teams (Orange, Purple and Blue). All week long, campers compete for points for their team in order to win the Spirit Stick. Campers can earn points by having the cleanest cabin, earning the clean table award, participating in archery or fishing competitions and demonstrating good character. One of the biggest ways to earn points for your team is at Color Wars. This is a campwide competition game that changes every year. So far we’ve seen games like Zonkers, Color Dash and Lost and Found.
Wednesdays are for Unit Nights! Each unit has their own activity designed by their Unit Leader designed to give them some bonding time with campers their own age. Our oldest, unit 1 campers, go on the campout on this night where they will canoe across Eagle Lake, set up camp, cook their own food and enjoy campfire vespers
Thursday nights are special because that night is set aside for Banquet and Candle Light. We wrap up our afternoon activities a little early and head back to the cabin, get cleaned up and head to the dinning hall. Main campus is covered with campers in dresses and polos posing for cabin photos. We eat Banquet family style and each camper is served by their Cabin Leader. After Banquet we head to the chapel for a candlelight service, worship and presentation of the Gospel. Each cabin then returns to their unit for Encounter where they will hear a testimony or devotion from a cabin leader. Cabin Leaders spend the rest of the night praying over each camper individually. Campers are encouraged to continue asking questions and we see many salvations on this special night.