December was such a busy month for all of us. As for me and my family, what made it even busier was the Kid’s Camp 2016 that we attended. Most of the camps that our church has are located in our bible school in Bagac, Bataan. Last year, I thought it was about time for Nate to experience his first Kid’s Camp.
Kid’s Camp 2016
Venue: International Grace Bible Institute (IGBI) – Bataan Campus
Theme: “Batang B.I.D.A. : Batang Bibliya ang Inaaral, Disiplina’y Asahan”
Text: 2 Tim. 2:15
Date: December 27 – 30, 2016
*Estimated delegates: 90
*Estimated adult attendees: 50 (or more)
*(This is just my personal estimate; I don’t have the exact count of the attendees during the camp).
1. To enlighten the mind of every child that “Batang BIDA” means a child who learns from the Bible and makes an application out of it.
2. To teach every child some of the Basic Doctrines such as Doctrine of the Bible, Deity of Christ, Redemption and Believer’s Walk in simplest form.
3. To turn self-centeredness of every child into Christ-centeredness.
4. To reinforce the interest of every child in studying the Bible.
5. To stimulate discipline in the heart of every child through the principles of the Bible.
We arrived at the venue at around 3 PM. Many were already there when we came. Not long after, the opening ceremony started. Kid’s sang the national anthem, recited the pledges and had the torch lighting. Surprisingly, Nate participated all along! After 3 days, I can say that the kids had a great time, have learned so many lessons, gained new friends from other churches and reunited with the old ones!
|kids praying during the opening program
I am not a delegate but as a guardian, who, even though most of the time slept during the day since I still had to work at night, here are a few memorable and fun things that I like about the recently concluded Kid’s Camp 2016.
1. The theme song
After every kid’s camp, kids have this LSS that you just can’t stop! This year, it wasn’t just the kid’s who had that last song syndrome; even adults sing the theme song in their minds! 😀
I wish I can paste a video to the theme song I was talking about; unfortunately, it was an original (kudos to the bible students). I don’t have either a video or an mp3 of it but it’s a nice song and the kids love it!
2. The hike
A camp isn’t a camp without a hike (or a bonfire). Of course, they made sure to have those available for the participants. We hiked on the mountain beside the camp venue and had nice rest on the hilltop after. The kids were also thought a bible story after the hike while the guardians like me enjoyed a wonderful view of the sunset + South China Sea + mountains and skies!
|walk! walk! walk!
3. The Bible lesson
As I previously mentioned, I had to work at night (thank God for the job that I can take anywhere I go, as long as there’s a stable internet connection) during the fellowship so I was not able to accompany Nate on most of the bible story time. I was only able to join him once and being little toddlers that they were, it was really challenging for the teacher to get everyone’s attention. The older kids, on the other hand, have learned so many new things during their bible lessons.
|The most challenging age gap during bible story: toddlers! lol!
4. The games and crafts
Who doesn’t like games and crafts anyway? Kids love these activities so you know just by a single glance that they are enjoying and making memories during the games and crafts time.
Kids loved their masks, shields, and swords as they learned about becoming Christian soldiers, not fighting against flesh and blood but against the rulers of this world (Ephesians 6:13-18).
|arts, crafts & games
5. The Overall Experience
One of the aims of kid’s camp is to teach the children more and lead them into the knowledge of God’s word. This is also a part of the training for the bible students to prepare them for the bigger ministry that lies beyond the walls of the bible school.
This year, they were able to impart new knowledge to the kids and we hope that the little ones keep these new bible learnings in their hearts. Learning is an essential part of kid’s camp and it is our prayer that they will be able to apply the things that they learned in their daily lives. I can say that the bible students were able to fulfill their main objectives for this camp. I am confident that the Lord was glorified during the entire Kid’s Camp!
I am thankful for the opportunity to be with my son during this 3-day kid’s camp and I’m happy that even at an early age, Nate is able to experience the fellowship. As someone who grew up attending one fellowship to another, Dane and I want for Nate to be able to also experience the joy of fellowshipping with other believers as they learn God’s word together.
|Most of these ladies were taught by Melisa and I during a weekly bible study in Pampanga before, now, 3 of them have committed to study in the bible school. Not only did I feel so old but also feel proud of them!
To all the delegates, may you continue to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To the parents who authorized their kids to join, I know 3 days away from your kids isn’t easy. To all the bible students who facilitated the camp, kudos! To the people working in the background, the moms who volunteered to work in the kitchen, those who went to the market, and those who evaluated the camp – our labor is not in vain!
This is certainly not the last as we look forward to more fellowship that Nate can attend. I will leave this post with a verse in Ephesians 6:13-18 as a reminder to all of us.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
|“Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Have you ever registered your child in a camp? How was the experience?