The reason I haven't posted anything is because this past week, August 4th-8th, my sisters and I went with our youth group to the Wilds camp in North Carolina.
We left on Monday at 4:00 am. and got there around 5 or 6 p.m. (We made it just as everyone started eating dinner! :) After we ate dinner with our cabin, our counselor helped us bring our luggage to our cabins.
Each cabin has 4 sets of bunk beds in it, plus the counselors big bed. Nine people can fit in the cabin, but we only had 8 girls, (including our counselor) in our cabin. Usually, each girl cabin has a brother cabin, and each boy cabin has a sister cabin. If one of the cabins does not have a sister or brother cabin, it's because there weren't enough campers to fill all the cabins. So, the counselors go on core. They help out wherever they're needed. Some are lifeguards, and some are security people. Here's a basic schedule we would follow almost every day.
- 7:30- Rise and Shine. Clean cabins and go to flag raising.
- 8:15-8:45- Breakfast
- 9:15-10:00- Chapel
- 10:00-10:30- God and I Time
- 10:45-11:30- All Camp Game
- 11:30- 11:45- Cabin Pictures
- 11:45-12:30- God and I Time Follow Up
- 12:45-1:15- Lunch
- 1:30-2:15- Christian Life Seminar. The topics were: Band-Aid Christianity, Dating, and Visual/Social Media.
- 2:15-5:30- Freetime. You could go on the Superslide, Land trolley, Giant Swing, Climbing Wall, or go to the Snack Shop, General Store, Cool Beans, and Craft Shop.You could also float down the lazy/crazy river if you wanted to. :)
- 5:45-6:15- Supper
- 6:30-7:15- All camp game
- 7:15-8:30- The: Snack Shop, General Store, Craft Shop, and Cool Beans were open.
- 8:45-10:00 - Evening Youth Meeting. (This was the evening service.)
- 10:30-10:45- Cabin Devotions
- 10:45- Lights out and all quiet on the campsite.
On Tuesday, my counselor, our friend, and my sister and I played paintball. I was a little scared of getting hit with the paintballs, so I didn't run out in the open and shoot- I stayed behind the boxes they had. But I did get shot once. Thankfully, it wasn't on my bare skin, though. Our friend got shot on her arms and legs, and she had welts all over her! The paintballs stung right after they hit you, but the pain went away soon after.
On Wednesday, all the girls went to the lake while the boys went hiking. If you wanted to swim in 4th falls, you had to take a swim test and swim under a noodle. I enjoyed the lake more this year than last year because it rained last year. My counselor, and my sister and I were the last ones to leave the lake. The lifeguard wanted our counselor to jump off the water tower, which was 30 feet high, backwards. She climbed up there and took a long time doing it because she was scared. My sister said, "I'll do it" so she climbed up there and jumped off backwards! I don't know how she did it!
We had such a marvelous time at the lake.
On Thursday, all the girls went on the hike while the boys went to the lake. You could either go on 1st fall, 2nd falls, or 4th falls. 3rd falls wasn't open because the Wilds is building a zipline over it, and it's a dangerous waterfall. People rarely hike it, but when they do, only groups of 10 people can go at a time.
Our cabin hiked 4th falls. I hiked it last year, but we couldn't swim in it because it had rained to much. This year, we could swim in it though!! It's not very hard hiking to the waterfall. It's very hard hiking back up the mountain, though. Here are some pictures I took along the way and at the 4th falls.
The Wilds is such an amazing camp!!! I highly recommend going there for a week one summer. :)
Saying of the week:
Bible verse of the week: Psalms 62:7-8
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Yous warmly on the Victory side,