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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Oh, Did You Ever Hear of QMCC? - 2011

I've mention before (probably many times) that my husband and I met at Quartz Mountain Christian Camp (QMCC).  Because of that, it's always had a special place in our hearts.   
 We're both active in the work of the camp. I organize the annual ladies' retreat and help for other camps/events. He helps with many things, but also serves on the camp board.
 I have had the opportunity to stay at camp many times over the past years, but my husband really hasn't.  He hasn't minded though and helped on day to day things as needed.  However, this year he had the opportunity to help direct one of the session of camp this summer.  I was so excited that he decided to take on this awesome task!  That meant we would all be together at QMCC for one week.  The first time in 25 years!
My role during the session was to be the camp nurse.  Another role was doing afternoon crafts.  I also usually decorate on Thursday's for this session - even when it was my brother-in-law helping with the session.  This year I also decided to string lights outside.  First of all, because it's really dark around that area at night, but second of all, because it just made it pretty!
 This is Joe passing out the mail at lunch....but he "threw" it out to the campers.  His own idea of air mail!
Oh, and another one of my "jobs" that week was judging the cabins - for cleanliness, etc.  One girls' cabin used dry erase markers on the bathroom walls.  They had scriptures and goals specifically targeting teen girls.  Such a neat idea, but one that was inspirational, as well!
 The theme for the week was "WANTED". Each day during craft time, a banner was made with the theme for the day.  This one says, "Bought 4 A Price".  Thanks, Mark, for doing this each day!  Thanks to his daily helpers, too!
One craft that the campers did was this cute little foam cowboy.
Each camper had their picture taken in this "Wanted By God" cut out.  The campers were given their pictures.  All of the lessons throughout the week stressed to the campers that we are all wanted by God.
 It was great having all four of our children at camp with us.  The oldest two were campers.  The youngest two just played and went to singing and worship times.  Here is our oldest, Lauren, having fun with our youngest, Tyler.  I love this picture!
 On Thursday evening, each of the four family groups of campers each made forts for a fun family competition.  Their weapons were water balloons. 
 Notice the little "hideout" in this fort.  Also notice the little boy inside of it with his hands over his head!  Every time a balloon would hit the fort, he would cover his head!
This new-to-us game is called "9 Square".  It's made of PVC pipe and it was purchased online.  The campers had a blast playing this game!  It was a hit!
Apparently my husband liked it a lot, too.  I think that's why he was dubbed the "King of 9 Square"!
Each night (as well as throughout the day) we spent a lot of time singing praises to God.  A tradition of this session (and was even when my husband and I were growing up) was to end the day/camp session with the song, "God Bless You Go With God".  For this song, we all stand in a huge circle holding hands.  So very special.
And, the very most special thing about camp is when someone decides to become a Christian.  Desi made the confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and decided to put Him on in baptism.  Praise God for this new sister in Christ!

...and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
1 Peter 3:21-22

In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Colossians 2:11-12

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
Romans 6:3-5

On this Gratituesday, I am grateful that we were able to spend the whole week together at QMCC and look forward to doing again for many years....if it is the Lord's will.

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1 comment:

Dan W. said...

oh, this is me on Dan's computer...sounds like you all had a terrific week! I see alot has changed since we went there but a few things are the same. The fort and 9 square sound fun!

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