What happened at the 2020 Winter Camp?
After last year we were wondering how we could make Winter Camp even more fun. The answer to that question is pretty obvious, make it longer and invite more people! 51 campers signed up for our two day Winter Camp and we sure had a blast!
Campers arrived on Friday night, registered, and got moved into their cabins. Then we got to know each other with a Winter Celebration in Pine Grove including snowball group juggle, Jump the Frozen River, turn your counselor in a snowman, and the annual lost-and-found sock snowball fight! Due to the wind, we had vespers in the Mountain Lodge. Dean Gabe talked about our summer theme 'This is our Prayer' and we had s'mores afterwards!
Saturday morning at the peace pole for Morning Watch. Then it was time for a delicious breakfast served by Patty and her crew in the Retreat Center. After breakfast, we sang songs and campers packed lunches - we knew we'd have some growling stomachs after our adventure! Then we loaded up the vans to head to Bryce Resort for Snow Tubing! It took us five vans to get everyone over, and we filled up the tubing hill.
There's few things as much fun as flying down a hill in a tube! There was a lot more snow than last year and some of us almost made it to the top of the little runaway ramp. We enjoyed our packed lunches in a very sunny spot at the resort and were treated to a hot chocolate surprise! Then it was back in the vans for the ride to camp.
After a little break we started our afternoon activities. All campers made a t-shirt pillow, learned about firebuilding, had free time, and learned about injustice in Bible. All these activities, and being outside for some of them, made for seriously hungry campers. No rest for the weary though, or kind of. Our very first 'Winter Camp Movie Night in Pine Grove' was a big hit, we followed the adventures of Cubby the Polar Bear while enjoying some tasty snacks. After movie night we headed to vespers and closed the day with burning our injustices in the fire.
After some much needed rest, Sunday flew by. After morning watch and breakfast, the campers could pick what they wanted to. They could pick from a hike, archery, and cooking. The cooking group help the kitchen staff get ready for lunch, and made dessert for the whole group. After lunch, we had our closing, and the campers were able to share what they thought was fun, and what we can do to make it even better next year! They have given us some great ideas already. By that time, parents arrived to take their children home. We have no doubt the campers were full of stories on the drive home, although some of them might have not awake by the time the cars left camp.