I returned last week from an awesome week at Dry Gulch U.S.A. with about 50 kids from our church. The camp is stellar, albeit super-expensive; which is the main reason that we will be researching some new desitnations in 2011. The week really was fantastic, from the camp activities like horseback riding, swimming, and tubing on the lake The services were fantastic, and the kids (and adults) that attended had a blast.
Here is a list of the not so important things I learned at summer camp:
- The restrooms adjacent to the pool areas is always the least used bathroom at camp.
- Girls will always give you a hug upon your arrival, while boys prefer a fist bump.
- I have a theory that 90% of hired bus drivers are devoid of all personality. My bus driver was from that 90% pool.
- When telling a boy to take a shower, be sure to emphasize the need for them to use soap.
- When 20+ girls are together in any one space, there will always be a ton of hair braiding happening.
- When 20+ boys are together in any one space, there will always be a ton of farting happening.
- The kid that cries when leaving his mother for a week, is almost always the same kid that cries when leaving camp after that same week.
- Girls are more photogenic than boys. Every year the parents of my boys complain that we didn’t get enough pictures of the boys, but the boys hide from the camera and only pick their noses on camera. However, the girls see a camera and immediately form into picture taking groups. It’s amazing!
- I really love having fun with kids.
- I really love seeing kids “get it” in chapel services.
You can see all of our camp travels and view pictures at http://www.trinitytoday.com/index.cfm/PageID/1441/tag/camp2010