Junior High Week Comes to an End

Junior High Week Comes to an End

Fridays can be emotional here at Tall Timber as friends, both new and old, say goodbye until next year. Each day of Junior High Camp was filled with fun and meaningful activities. Take a look at some pictures from our last few days!

Junior High Day 3: Water Day!

Junior High Day 3: Water Day!

What do we do to beat the heat at Tall Timber? Water Day! Our program and operations teams work together to set up the mud pit, a giant inflatable water slide, and more. 

Junior High Day 3: Hobo Stew

Junior High Day 3: Hobo Stew

A traditional Tall Timber recipe! Take a little bit of everything and toss it together in aluminum foil, then walk down to the river and stick 'em in the fire! This afternoon, our kitchen and program teams put together a fun selection of camp foods for dinner. 

 

Junior High Day 1

Junior High Day 1

Another typical Monday at Tall Timber - rock wall, archery, and arts & crafts! 

 

Junior Camp: Carnival

Junior Camp: Carnival

We like to end each week with a camp carnival! Staff members run stations ranging from colorful shaved ice to ultimate frisbee. While we always miss our campers when we send them home, it's great to have such a fun finale. 

 

Junior Camp Day 3: Dance, Then, Wherever You May Be

Junior Camp Day 3: Dance, Then, Wherever You May Be

One of our favorite camp songs is "Lord of the Dance," an energetic take on the classic hymn. Summer camp is a time for campers (and staff!) to discover new ways of worship that extend beyond the pews. Our Senior Counselor, Bethy Crowe, loves to share dance worship with campers who sign up for her hour-and-a-half workshop. Another creative way to express spirituality is through art, which is where our Arts & Crafts Director Sarah Sprouse comes in. Check out some pictures from the morning of our third day.

Junior Camp Day 2: Masks

Junior Camp Day 2: Masks

This week we're offering some special activities in addition to our regular camp program. This includes dancing, fire building, and an extra fun arts & crafts! Check out some pictures from our morning of mask making. 

Junior Camp Day 1

Junior Camp Day 1

The first day of camp usually starts off with the classic camp activities: archery, rock wall, and arts & crafts. This is our biggest week so far, with 106 campers! Check in with us here for daily updates. 

Mini Camp!

Mini Camp!

Our Wednesday-Friday program brings some of the most energetic campers we'll see all summer. Mini Camp is the first sleep-away-from-home experience for many kids, so we try to make sure it's a healthy balance of familiar (nap time, arts & crafts) and new (mud pit, nature walks).  

Primary Camp Day 2: Music & Art

Primary Camp Day 2: Music & Art

The Bible is full of music and art, which makes them a vital part of camping ministry. Today, campers had the opportunity to join a drum circle, finish their nature mural, and make each other friendship bracelets! 

 

Primary Camp Day 1: A New Thing

Primary Camp Day 1: A New Thing

New experiences are what make Primary Camp such an exciting time here at Tall Timber. Many of the kids who participate in our Sunday-Wednesday program haven't tried traditional camp activities yet, so our counselors work to foster a safe space for the trial and error that comes with all new things. No camper is going to hit the bull's eye the first time they nock an arrow, and everyone's first friendship bracelet is filled with tangles. But that's okay. The theme of the week isn't being the best at every camp activity, it's trying new things and finding new ways to experience God's creation. 

See, I am doing a new thing!

Isaiah 43:19

Faith is an Adventure

Faith is an Adventure

The easiest parts of camp to advertise are the exciting activities. You know the ones - zip line, rock wall, archery - the list goes on. This week, our campers get to experience all those fun adventures and more as part of our Adventure Camp program, but it's important to remember that the greatest adventure of all isn't something you'll find written on an itinerary. 

The rock wall teaches us not to fear a challenge, because someone will be there to catch us when we fall. From archery we learn that it can be easy to miss the mark, and getting the results we want takes practice, patience, and determination. The zip line shows us that sometimes faith is a leap, and Bible Study teaches us that faith doesn't happen alone. This is the ultimate purpose of camping ministry - to send campers home with more stories than mosquito bites, stories that will act as the strong foundation for a life of faith. 

Camp Counselor vs Internships

A week or summer spent as a counselor by far exceeds the cog in the wheel, unpaid, cookie cutter internships that college applicants and college students are being pressured to pursue. 

The responsibility that counselors have at camp along with being mentored to expand their work ethic will serve our future work force far better than an internship. This article says it so well. Enjoy the read and encourage young adults to serve on staff at a summer camp,  it will change their lives for the better!

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https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2017/06/the-camp-counselors-commitment/530985/

Disconnect to Reconnect as a Family

Disconnect to Reconnect as a Family

Today ends our first week of summer camp, and what a fun week it has been. Horseback riding, face painting, and musical worship encouraged families to put their phones away and spend the week reconnecting. 

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Family Camp Kicks Off Our Summer Program

Family Camp Kicks Off Our Summer Program

The first week of our summer program is a time for families to grow together in God's creation. All our regular activities like rock wall, giant swing, and horseback riding are offered to parents and their kids for a fun and spiritual respite from the business of everyday life. We're excited to get the summer rolling with such a great group of families! 

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Why Summer Camp?

Camp is where it's at.

There is so much to learn from a week of summer camp as campers and staff. God works wonders here in this set apart place. Kids get a chance to disconnect from devices and reconnect with themselves, friends and the stunning Creation that surrounds them at Tall Timber. 

Check out the article below for a great read on why Camp makes a difference in kids' lives.  

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Sr. High Camp: Day Five

Sr. High Camp: Day Five

The last full day of camp was jampacked with programming from sun up to sun down. After a fairly typical morning, wrapping up bible studies and listening to final seminars campers sat down for a hearty lunch to prep for an incredible afternoon. Things kicked off with the mud pit, followed by some swimming time at the river. After that it was time to get ready for the banquet where counselors waited on campers and live music was offered by our very own Nathan Franklin and Carl Stanfield. From there it was time for the epic end of camp dance party before heading over to the A Frame for skit night. The day was capped off with one last campfire session and sharing testimonies before turning in for bed.

Sr. High Camp: Day Four

Sr. High Camp: Day Four

This morning campers got a chance to sleep in before enjoying and incredible Tall Timber brunch with more options than there was room for on one plate...or three plates. As the day continued campers sang worship songs and heard a message from the camp speaker at the A Frame before cabin bible studies. This afternoon the whole camp loaded up in vans to Lake Wenatchee for Beach Day. This evening campers got to connect with God through experiential worship and a special message around the campfire from this week's speaker.

Sr. High Camp: Day Three

Sr. High Camp: Day Three

Sr. High Camp: Day Two

Sr. High Camp: Day Two

Another great day at camp in the books! Today campers had opportunities to challenge themselves and grow their faith through the rock wall, zip line, Junk Yard and crafts. This evening everyone gathered in the Napeequa Room to watch Pirates of the Carribean before turning in for the night.