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…