Sunday June 26, 2016

It’s the second day of JV Camp and exciting things are happening at UPBC.  As soon as campers arrived on Saturday, they met their counselors, completed check-in, settled in to their cabins, and completed the swim test.  There was a brief afternoon rainstorm, but the weather cleared up and it was sunny for the swim test.  After dinner, campers met their teams (co-ed groups of 10 campers of all ages) and completed in a variety of team building activities.  The teams picked their team names, played Minute to Win It Games, played Nuke Em (A modified version of volleyball), JohnBall (a combination of dodge ball, baseball, field hockey, and other sports), and completed several other team building activities.  After a great evening of team building activities, campers attended their first JV chapel session.  Campers gathered around a campfire to more formally meet all the counselors, counselors-in-training, speakers, and support staff.  Campers were challenged to grow in their faith, step outside of their comfort zones, and to embrace the opportunity to make new friendships and strengthen existing friendships.  Campers were also encouraged to complete a Bible reading challenge.  To complete the challenge, campers need to read their Bible for at least 5 minutes each day.  Feel free to write your camper with encouragement to complete all of those challenges.

Today (Sunday) began as a pleasant Upper Peninsula morning.  After a nice breakfast, campers cleaned their cabins and helped pick up the rest of the camp grounds after yesterday evening’s activities.  Campers then headed to their first morning chapel where Joshua Haynes shared his first message and were led in worship by a worship team from Spring Arbor University.  Joshua is the pastor of student ministries at Lake Pointe Bible Church in Plymouth, Michigan and he is teaching on the topic of how salvation changes one’s life.

After morning devotions and discussion, campers competed in their first formal team challenge.  This week campers are playing ultimate frisbee, kickball, and soccer, as well as experiencing the Zip Line, and preparing for skits and the Bible Trivia Challenge to be held this weekend.  Participating in each challenge earns points for the teams and winning teams receive more points.  The team with the most points at the end of the 2 weeks earns an ice cream party and their picture on the JV Wall of Fame in the Dining Hall.

After a famous UPBC Sunday Dinner, campers completed their 2 elective skill activities for the first week.  This week campers are water skiing and wake boarding, at the rifle and archery range, on the high ropes course and climbing tower, making creative art projects, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and playing group initiatives and games.  After the evening meal, campers had some free time and enjoyed ice cream from the trading post before going to evening chapel.  In the evenings, Dean Johnson, the senior pastor of Lake Pointe Bible Church in Plymouth, Michigan will be speaking.  This week Dean is speaking out of the book of Acts.  His messages will focus on the question, “if Jesus came and did what he did, what am I supposed to do now.”

It’s been a great start to camp!