Final installment, for those of you following.

Friday night was our final night at Spring Hill. After working all day on various projects like building a bridge, cleaning bathrooms, setting up a big tent, and washing yet MORE dishes, we finally settled in for the evening.

We wrapped everything up by focusing on a strategy for making good decisions. Our strategy including committing our ways to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3), asking for help on difficult situations (Proverbs 15:22), and not being quick in making life changing decisions (Proverbs 21:5).

Following that we talked about making decisions using situational ethics (basically reducing a decisions down to one principle – such as love – that trumps other truth) and majority ethics (if everyone is doing it then it must be okay).

Then we gave them a chance to think through everything from the week and apply it to their own personal decisions.

Overall it was a pretty good series to use for the week but I’m not sure if I would use it again. There were parts that were confusing and redundant (and repetitive). I wonder if more could’ve been covered. I did like the various quotes and stories that it used. I don’t always spend a good deal of time on those when I’m writing my own stuff. For the past 4 or 5 years I’ve written our own quiet time and lesson series for Spring Hill. This is the first canned curriculum I’ve used in a long time.

After our teaching we had an extended time of praise and adoration that was really sweet. At one point one of the boys fell asleep and started snoring. That was pretty funny (and definitely expected after a long week).

Then came the long-awaited game of “Capture the Flag.” I’ll just be straight forward. It didn’t go well. Our group is too competitive and has too strong a sense a fairness to just let things be. Add to that being very tired and having a bit of a restricted area to play in and it just made for a rough game with a lot of emotions out of whack by the end.

Saturday morning left us tired with a few more hours of work to knock out. We left after lunch and enjoyed a quiet, uneventful ride home. Many thanks to the parents who helped out by driving.

But, all in all it was a good week. There were a lot of significant conversations that took place and many were challenged. A lot of work was accomplished at the camp. Relationships were built, strengthened, and renewed. And, no one got hurt too badly. That’s always a plus.

As always, it was a good kick-off to our summer.

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