By now most students from Monkey Barrel Summer Camp have all recovered from their sleepless nights and days filled with activity. Likely they have told many stories about what happened during camp; some will be true and others will probably be exaggerated. In this four part series I will give you all the ‘official’ details about camp. It is not possible to cover all events that took place but I will give you the highlights.

So…here we go!

Monkey Barrel Summer Camp opened with a splash….of sweat! The first afternoon and evening were extremely humid with air temperatures (before humidex) hovering in the low 30s (90s for those of you who use Fahrenheit). We spent some time together on the bouncing castle, which served to cool us all down a little bit! I think we all suffered a few scrapes and bruises from slipping and sliding (especially Jeff Tomlin who could not seem to stand on his two feet).

In the evening we were worshiped with music provided by Pastor Mitch and then I shared the first talk of the camp: What is a perfect family? Through studying the life of Joseph we learned that there are actually no perfect families; every family has it quirks. Joseph’s family had the unfortunate issues of sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, and a tattling little brother (that would be Joseph). However, every family also has its blessings! Students were encouraged on two different points: (1) To consider the blessings and great things about their families as opposed to focusing on the shortcomings, and (2) To consider how they can control their reactions and attitudes so that they can live peacefully with their families as far as it depends on them.

We ended the night with prayer, a campfire and a showing of the movie Earnest Goes to Camp. The students were all tucked into their beds by 11PM…although most did not fall to sleep until much, much later. Aside from a power outage around 1AM that caused the fire alarm to chirp incessantly, there were no major incidents! Thanks to the night security staff I was able to sleep soundly from 1AM until 8AM!

Check back this evening for part 2!