Be happy though, 'cause I'm here now, and that's what's important.
So, to begin, the camp I went to ran for a whole seven days; from July 25 to August 1. It was Puget Sound Camp at Lake Retreat. And it was a beautiful location with a shining lake and wonderful trees and lots of open space. Yeah, it was just awesome.
Of course I did have trouble getting to sleep the first night due to it being a brand-new place and all, but even on that first night I didn't have much home-sickness at all. And for the rest of the week, I almost entirely forgot about home. Which was actually a good thing, that way I enjoyed camp a whole lot better. So now I have a second home and a second family.
Seriously though...it's incredible how close you can get to people who you didn't even know previously and feel like you can trust them better than people you've known for years. It was a miracle amazing week, and I cannot wait to do it again next year.
I just hope everyone from this year will be coming back next year! 'Cause I missed everyone even before I left camp on the last day! *sigh* Is it next year yet? No? Grr! Sure seems like it though...time is going so slooowww!!!
So, here was our schedule:
Wake up and get out of bed
Free Time!!! (Yea!!! :D)
Get your mail from the Outhouse Gang
Sermon by Pastor Ken
Evening High school games (One of my fav times!)
Get ready for bed
Except Thursday of course which was our Ministry day. When after breakfast we high schoolers got all our stuff ready and went out to a park to use various tools we had been working on to minster to kids. I being me, was able to draw cartoon versions of the kids that came up to me and wanted their picture drawn. And then something happened I'll never forget. I saw my Aunt Kim and little cousins Shelby and Matthew along with their ADORABLE new puppy right beside me. Of course I was surprised and happy beyond words and I was able to draw Shelby's picture as well. The funny thing was that my Dad and Sister had just gone that last Saturday to help My Aunt Kim and Uncle Bubba move into their new house only a few minutes away from that very park. God decently worked that out. And I'll never forget seeing them there.
We left the park a little while or so after running out of our gallons after they kept popping in the heat of the sun we were in. And I was thankful once we were able to leave the beating sun.
Well, right after we made our way to a small fun place where it had Batting Cages, Go-Karting and Mini Golf. I started out doing Mini Golf with Mrs. Dykstra, her daughter Lindsay and Sarah (A girl I met through my long-time friend Lizzie). We of course did not follow the rules of golf and just messed around doing it our own way. Which was a whole lot more fun than the rules version in my opinion, so now I like mini golf more!
That night, I dropped when I got in bed and slept as long as I could until morning that night.
Friday passed and we had fun, but then Saturday came and the adventure was officially over. I was sad and solemn that morning as I ate breakfast and mingled for a time outside the Chapel until we were called in. Turns out the Yellow Team won for the whole of the week! I was happy, as I was sure was the rest of yellow team...after all...yellow team IS the best. Not that I didn't like green team....okay I'll just stop talking.
In the few last minutes of camp I got some last shirt signing and a few more e-mails and phone numbers in my book from the people I knew. And then my family showed up and I knew the Adventure had ended. Not that I didn't want to see them, I just didn't want to have to wait a whole year later to see these people whom I'd grown so close to in a mere week. It is amazing what God can do, and I Love Him for it. Let's hope I WON'T have to wait an entire year to see at least some of them again.
Love from, Roise!