If you have never had a chance to go to camp you should check into going! I grew up going to a kids camp and then in high school went to one our youth group went to. As an adult I've counseled at elementary age camp and taken teenagers to camp. We have been to a variety of types. Some have all the fancy activities: water skiing, pools, ropes courses, zip lines. Others are much more service oriented where we've done projects together. Then there are the ones with more typical summer camp activities such as outdoor recreation games, archery, swimming, campfires and such. Red Rock is a family camp and it is really unique how they do it. Families stay together either in lodges (some nicer and newer than others), or cabins or they camp at the campground. Kids ages 9-12 or so stay with counselors for junior camp. Jaxon got to be part of that group this year and he loved it! Teenagers have youth camp with their counselors. Young adults 18-30 hang out together and stay together or with their families but have special small groups and recreation activities for their group. The younger kids have activities for preschool or younger elementary during the mornings and a little in the afternoon and evening. The rest of the adults have Bible studies, small groups and sharing times during the day. The entire camp starts together with worship each morning and ends with worship together then chapel. The kids 12 and under go to kids chapel after the singing.
What a joy to be with families who had 4 generations at camp together! To see these grandparents bring their grandkids and fully participate in activities and crafts and boating with them was precious. To be invited into relationship with these families-some whom have grown up going to Red Rock, was awesome! Good teaching, a sweet view on the lake, laughter with friends, singing with an awesome worship team, sharing in small groups...what a great week of being filled to overflowing. I'm telling you-if you haven't been to camp and are able to at all try to go to one, do it! God brought peace and rest and laughter and much prayer for the 4 of us. While our Red Rock Family tells us we bless them with our presence and sharing as missionaries to their various groups, WE are the ones who feel quite blessed indeed! We will miss you while we're in Europe Red Rock. But we look forward to whenever we can rejoin you in the future. We really thank God for the gift of time at camp this year!