First of all, a thousand apologies for the long delay in updating this blog. I’ll blame it on camp season. Anyhow, let’s get to it.

The tagline of this blog indicates there would be moments of randomness. To this point, there, has not been much of that. Well, I assure you this post will have its fair share of that. In no particular order, here are some things I learned assisting with our Florida District Youth Camps this year.

  • A Junior High student can entertain himself for hours with nothing more than a Push Pop and a cup of water.
  • Ocala is the armpit of Florida…always hot and sticky.
  • It must be a lot of fun to pie me in the face, since it’s happened 3 camps in a row.
  • I hate to say this, but…I’m getting too old to play sports multiple times a day for 3 weeks straight.
  • On the subject of sports, the human arm was not made to throw 100 dodgeballs a day for 4 days straight.
  • 1 teenager getting the Holy Ghost is worth 3 weeks of post-dodgeball arm recovery.
  •  The word “busybodies” is in the King James Version…multiple times.
  • It’s amusing to make me sing a special. Here’s a hint…I can’t sing.
  • Ultimate Frisbee + Camper running full speed + Light pole = Bad.
  • The two paramedics on staff will both be asleep in the dorms when a camper hits a light pole running full speed.
  • Adreneline-filled van trips en route to Youth Camp are the best.
  • Sleep-deprived van trips en route home from Youth Camp are the worst.
  • Never ask a teen worker to drop you off at the district office. A kitchen raid will ensue.
  • If there is a day your phone will be submerged in water and unusable, it will be the last full day of the camp you are managing.
  • When walking through the boy’s dorm, you really DON’T want to know what that smell is.
  • The worker bunks will be exponentially more messy than the camper bunks.
  • The psyche of an 18-year-old youth worker is remarkably similar to that of a Soviet Gustapo officer.
  • Jr. High kids are the most brutal people on the planet…and for some sick reason, I love it.
  • No matter how many times you tell your staff “The wind is bad, anchor the canopy down,” they won’t.
  • I can’t rap scriptures very well.
  • Volleyball games in a packed gym turn into VollBaskFrisDodgeball games.
  • Never mess with the babysitters; they control your 2-year-old’s sugar intake.
  • The phone only rings when you’re in the shower.
  • I’d Rather Be a Was Not. Thanks, Nate Wells.
  • We laugh, we cry, we get frustrated, we get excited. It’s a week of a roller-coaster of emotions.
  • Teens you didn’t even know 3 days ago feel like an integral part of your life.
  • It’s all worth it to see one life changed, called, commissioned, and become radical for Jesus Christ.
  • I want to be in Youth Ministry forever.

 

 

 

 

 

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