For many of our 3rd and 4th graders, this will be their first experience away from home for an overnight stay. We know that’s a big step for parents and campers alike, so we want to share some stories of parents who have been camp ‘first timers.’ They know what it’s like to send their child to camp without mom or dad and the anxiety that might accompany the unknown. They also have been on the other side, and have seen the growth that comes from allowing their child to go on a retreat.
Jeanette Odom has sent several of her kids to Look Up Lodge for Camp Grace Weekend and she knows first hand what it means to be a camp first timer.
Jeanette says, “I was a bit apprehensive about sending Reese to camp for the first time. She had spent the night with close friends and family, but this was her first “camp” experience. Knowing how wonderful the Grace Church Kids staff is put my mind at ease. Because I had been to Look Up Lodge as a student ministry leader, I knew how much she would love the location and all of the amenities. I volunteered to drive so that I could help her get settled, and I think she liked knowing I would be there for that transition.
Reese was excited about attending camp with her “cabin friends,” and she also invited a friend from her soccer team. She loved setting up her own bunk and getting everything organized once we arrived.
I was hoping she would see how much fun you can have as a Christian. When I was growing up, everything about Christianity seemed so dull. I knew she would enjoy the energy from the leaders, the hilarious skits, the praise & worship time, and all of the activities available to students during free time. And of course, I wanted her to be more passionate about loving and serving Jesus.
She had an absolute blast and is looking forward to another amazing weekend. I saw her become more independent and gain confidence in facing new opportunities.”
Visit www.CampGraceWeekend.org for information about registering your current 3rd/4th grader for this year’s Camp Grace Weekend!