Since my last post was about our trip to SpringHill for the junior high weekend I thought I would share about another trip we take to SpringHill.

Every year, for the past several years, we have taken a group of high school students to SpringHill. This is a service project for us since our entire week is spent serving the camp. On this trip we work hard and play hard. Since we have developed relationships with the staff this has worked our really well. We typically work during the day and then do our things at night. In the evenings we do our teaching, small groups, games, praise-n-adoration, and many other things. It has come to be an annual highlight.

This year we did things a little differently. In order for students to go they had to complete 2 service projects locally. We encountered some resistance from this but I believe it was the right choice. Our goal is not only to serve the camp but to develop an attitude of service in our youth. We were flexible with what the service projects could be and we offered several prior to leaving but many chose not to go rather than to complete the service projects. What would you have done?

Here are a couple of random things that were memorable from our trip:

1. We had to haul a lot of firewood to fire pits. And it was really hot too! I don’t know the last time that I have seen so much fire wood. I would guess that we spent 5-6 hours a day for at least 3/4 days hauling and stacking firewood and kindling! I think the funniest thing was that we hauled the firewood in an old beat-up economy van. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It was just funny to see a van piled high with firewood.

2. One of our youth found a copperhead in one of the kindling barrels. Fortunately, he didn’t get bitten but he and several others had gotten down to the bottom of the barrel before it was discovered!!! We found out later that SpringHill doesn’t have a snake bite kit…

3. Despite the fact that we tell students not to bring media devices, we confiscated four of them. Later, we found out one other girl had her phone all week long! The phones themselves didn’t bother me. The fact that they were deceitful did. What would you do?

4. One of our youth leaders and her family came out for a few days to join us. It was a great time. She also discovered why I ask our youth leaders to rest when they need it! We are useless if we are wasted, whether it is before, during, or after the trip.

5. We had quite a scare coming back. The roads were all flooded out just about everywhere! Thanks to the quick thinking of a few of our parents we were able to jump on to 46E and take it out to the eastern part of Indiana. There, we jumped on 74W and headed back to Indy. We just barely made it too. 46E closed ten minutes after we went through.

In my next post I will share a few more things of significance about our trip.