Wow. It’s Monday and I’m still wiped out from snow camp (that’s me in the gym at the camp)! All in all, it was a great trip. Other than a few last minute emergencies (like the bus not working so scrambling to find some replacement vans!), it all came together great! We had our biggest year yet, with 85 participants between five churches (30 from Boothbay Baptist), which made for some great big group times!
Paintball was a bit rough; we had to hike through snow a couple feet deep for about a quarter of a mile – it was fine for the little guys, they only sank a couple inches. Me? I dropped to the bottom every step. Once we were there it was pretty good, but a bit cold for my preferences. The skiing, snowtubing and snowboarding was amazing, however. Mt. Hermon rocked, as always. I think we pretty much took over the place! I got some great snowtubing footage that I’m excited about getting online in the next week or so. : ) We also had a ton of other games, activities and other stuff over the three days that came off great! The new addition to the schedule this year, ice fishing, was a BIG hit. I think about 30 people tried it out! Next year we’ll have to allot more time for it, though. With only an hour and a half to drill the holes, set up the traps and get the hang of it, well, the results weren’t what people hoped – one fish. 30 people managed to catch one little fish. Oh well! They still had a blast and everyone is excited about doing it again next year, so even if we didn’t catch tons of fish, it was still a succesful experiment!
Our theme for the trip was “Rescued from an ordinary life.” It’s actually a series kit from Simply Youth Ministry that I picked up a little while back. Greg and I like using the seminar kits from there for our snow camps every year because it enables us to have a consistent theme throughout the trip without a lot of extra work. We divide up the talks between the different speakers and then put our own unique spin to them while sticking to the central themes. It’s handy because it includes all of the powerpoint slides, games for the group, notes, handouts, the mp3’s from when Doug Fields gave the messages, and even commentaries by Fields for further preparation. Definitely a great resource and one I would highly recommend!
Anyway, all that to say … I’m not sure that I actually slept last week at all … so if you’re wondering at all the blog silence … I am playing some serious catch-up!