After some good sleep in my own bed, I’m ready to start wrapping up the Workcamp for the year. There are a lot of decisions to be made for next year, and a lot of evaluating yet to do, but I wanted to get some thoughts down on paper (or digital bits as the case may be). It’s a long post, but I’ve broken it up in sections so you can just read the ones that interest you. Don’t miss the video and the picture of our group they put in the local museum at the bottom. Here we go:
Quick Hit Thoughts
- Having youth from our church in our crew was great. Really great.
- Our youth were well-behaved despite some over-tired moments.
- Saturday was too long. I can’t help but wonder if we missed some opportunities for ministry by spending all day at the amusement park.
- We may move the after-event to before the Workcamp. I want youth coming home focused on Workcamp, not the special event.
- Piqua is a generous community. We were blessed to be there.
- Media was everywhere. Bucher’s Beat visited Workcamp (Like our Why Guy). We’re towards the left hand side in the video.
- The school was cold at night.
- Christkins need to be explained more, possibly in written form.
- Cell phones are growing to be a bigger problem than in the past.
- We need a “What to know about Workcamp”, including what to pack, published at the very beginning.
What I’m Thinking In More Detail
- I think there’s a better chance of continuing the ministry back home with this style camp than there is with the more traditional one. It felt like we were getting a little tired of one another towards the very end of the week, but in the end, our youth came away knowing more about each other than ever before. Those who wanted to meet new people had plenty of opportunities to do that.
- The pictures from this camp are so much better than in the past. It used to be that most of our pics were of one youth from our group. This time, they tell a different story. Check out the ones Group took. Lots of stories in those pictures. Here are some of my favorites that our people took. I only had mine and Carolyn’s pics to choose from, but I’ll add more once I get digitals from other people.
- Thursday night is so powerful as we hear of the life and forgiveness found in Christ, followed by our special evening enjoying letters from home. I wonder if these should be spread out onto 2 different nights. Maybe the letters happen on Wednesday night instead so youth can enjoy the Thursday night message on their own time. Doing them together means youth need to hurry out of the program and spend less personal time in prayer after the event.
- Piqua was a wonderful community to serve. They really rallied around us, giving us a welcome bag with goodies, getting businesses to give away free stuff like drinks and meals, inviting us into their homes, feeding us and just generally loving us. Maybe it has something to do with Piqua being a smaller community. Katherine, our resident’s daughter, was on the host team and worked with hospitality. They nailed it.
- We weren’t approached as often as I’d have liked to pray for people, but I’m still happy we did it. I wonder if there’s a better way to get people to actually take us up on the offer. I noticed lots of people reading them, but not many actually asking. My first wasn’t until I was standing in line for The Beast at King’s Island. Still, even for one person, it’s worth doing.
- Other groups came with some great ideas to meet people at Camp. One group had an “Introduce Yourself” clothespin. You had to introduce yourself to someone to get rid of it, then you give it to them. Another had a thumb war clothespin. I’d like to bring some of those things along next year to our camp. I’d also like to do some sort of Workcamper Bingo game that gets our youth out meeting people and finding out some interesting things about them.
- I love getting to see the students wrestle with the theme each year. Maybe it was because we made some videos, maybe it’s because we were trying to be more intentional about teaching the theme ahead of time, but whatever the reason, many of them really connected with it. They were taking risks, looking for ways to serve and have their gifts multiplied. I was really proud of them.