THINGS I LEARNED AT SUMMER CAMP THIS YEAR

Another year of summer camp is done. You can’t spend a week of camp with 200 kids and not learn a few things. Here are a few things I learned from camp at QMCC this year…

  • I learned that when you camp in 104 degree temperatures, you can’t stress to kids enough that they have to drink LOTS of water. If fact to get the point across I decided that any problems are caused by not drinking enough water. If you twist your ankle, you’re not drinking enough water. If you’ve lost your bible, you’re not drinking enough water. If you’re wondering what we’re having for supper, you’d know if you were drinking more water. “You’re not drinking enough water,” is one answer that fits any question.

  • If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites, and you’ll find it at QMCC.
  • I learned that kids need to touch you. They can’t carry on a conversation without touching you. They need a hug every ten minutes. At least three times a day they will need to run their fingers through your hair just to mess it up. While you’re talking to someone else, they’ll come up next to you and tap you on the shoulder at least a million times trying to get your attention. I think I’ve lost one layer of skin from all the touching.
  • I learned that when it comes to camp food, it might be a good time to consider a fast for yourself. :)
  • I learned that 9,10, and 11 year old boys love Axe deodorant and body spray. Every morning when I went into their cabin, my eyes would cross. There would be a haze of Axe aerosol products floating around. Note to the young men in the world….a little goes a long way.
  • I learned that you have to be prepared to answer a lot of questions about little things you just don’t know. “Do you know where so-in-so is?” “When are we going to eat?” “What do I do about this bump on my finger?” (Drink more water kid!)
  • I learned that there are lots of kids in this world that have already had more problems in their lives than many adults. Those kids need lots of love and need to be reminded that they are very special to God.
  • I learned if you want to teach kids you must keep it short and make if fun. What they don’t need is a 35 minute sermon.
  • I learned that front row seats to the Smokey Binion Jr. show are invaluable. Thanks for the seats Jon.
  • I learned that kids love to worship God in song. Some of their songs in worship sent chills up and down my spine.
  • I learned that the song “Get Right Church” gets old after singing it 75 times in a row (toot-toot).
  • I learned that the counselor that looks a lot like Jesus at camp, also treats kids a lot like Jesus would.
  • I learned that my 6 year old Sadie Hawkins date picked me because she was more impressed with my grasshopper-catching abilities than she was my looks.
  • I learned as I watched Lea from across the room, teaching a fifth grade girls class, that she’s as pretty from a distance as she is up close.
  • I learned after spending a week with young people, the church has a bright future.

I’m glad camp is over for another year. I’m tired and have a rotten headache, I guess I need to go drink some more water…

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  1. Trent Tanaro says:

    Haven’t been to camp in a while. Back in 02-03 I was athletic director and teacher at Camp Hensel near Marble Falls. It was a blast! Thanks for the post Bro!

    Trent

  2. Stoogelover says:

    And when you’ve had your water, drink some more! Great post … almost made me miss summer camp. Almost.

  3. Otis says:

    Trey this one of my favorite post of yours lol. It makes me miss camp a ton.

    Doug “Otis” Fletcher

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your wonderful posts, you always do a great job. I know the kids love you because you love them and make a hot dirty job fun for yourself and them. You’ll never know the full good you do for those little ones. I like that you always mention Lea. I think she is a blessed woman. I’d guess and rightly so that she did her jobs with dignity and love. You’ve made me thirsty. I need more water. Hey, a good start for a sermon on “living water.” gmj

  5. blogprophet says:

    cool, glad you had fun, glad you are home.

    i love camp and can’t wait for next year.

    i don’t know what your camp’s problem is, but I eat better my week at camp than I do the rest of the year. breakfast, lunch and dinner are always great.

  6. Timbra says:

    yeah. . .about the axe thing. a few years ago we housed 3 boys in that age range (i think 11-13) and YUCK!!!! i think the headache is probably axe related not water related.

  7. Joshua Tucker says:

    I’m glad you had fun at camp. Those can be so taxing. I remember being at one in Arkansas, and in the middle of it I had to drive to Texarkana. I fell asleep at the wheel I was so exhausted. And the axe thing is so true… it’s ridiculous lol.

    If you have time, check out my latest post. I’d be interested to hear your take on it.

  8. kim says:

    i am glad that you self sacrificially gave up one of your layers of skin to let the kids touch you and to touch them. i know it must be overwhelming to have a hundred little kids hanging all over you for an entire week, it always looked like you didn’t mind it so much to me :)

    i remember once upon a time when i looked forward to all the love that i would be getting on sunday morning. it made a difference to me then, and still does. it reminds me that i need to be more of a “hugger” and not just a “hug-ee.”

  9. cwinwc says:

    Drinking water was the number one rule at Wilderness Trek right after making sure you purified it.

    In my 25 years of Bible Camp I have also learned that adults, not kids cause the vast majority of problems at a Bible Camp. I guess that’s because they cause the most problems in church.

    You’re right about the kiddos with respect to the future of the church. Randy Harris said this weekend that our kids will be and are, the next missionaries to North America because they will take their faith outside the church if we don’t ruin them.

  10. wjcsydney says:

    About the hugging.. here in Australia our mission/youth group leaders are advised that hugging and some other personal contact like letting the kids sit in one’s lap is not permitted. Sad, but necessary because of the risk of being accused of abuse. Glad you can still hug in the USA!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I loved this post…it is so true and so cute at the same time….I am so glad that people like you are teaching our kids about GOD…there is nothing more important in life…and it takes people like you and your family to let it be known….glad y’all had fun….steph

  12. shei says:

    front row seats to the smokey binion show, eh? man, i’m jealous.

    did you get a silk scarf, too? cause that’d just put me over the edge.

    you’re a lucky man!

  13. freetolive says:

    Trey you are so funny! I noticed you read the Shack.. I agree. It is a must read.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Camp was alot of fun and I am glad Matt and I had that experience. You are so correct about drinking lots of water, Dylan really gave us a scare. You are also correct that Lea is beautiful, inside and out. I was also saddened at what some of these kids have been thru and what they are going home to. I am very blessed that some opened up to me and I hope that I was able to touch them and help them. It got me to thinking how blessed I am to have a wonderful husband and kids who have semi normal lives. I can’t imagine the pain some of these kids felt.
    I’ll take hugs from kids anyday!
    Cheryl Howell

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