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3rd - 6th Grade Camp

Reflections from the Director

As we sit back and reflect on what has happened over the last several months with the preparation and ultimately the implementation of the 3rd-6th Grade Camp program, we can't help but see the workings of our great, sovereign God! We saw God's blessings, His guidance and direction, and His careful leading. As requested, He renewed our strength daily. Three young people accepted Christ, and a few children made assurances of salvation. We had an awesome staff that worked well together and evidenced a desire to serve God by serving the campers.

One of our main goals going into camp, besides making sure that the Gospel was clearly proclaimed and that the children saw the love of Christ in all of the staff, was to encourage the campers to renew their spiritual strength daily by implementing a time of personal devotions with God into their daily schedule (not only while they were at camp, but also when they went home). Starting Monday morning right after breakfast, we explained to the campers the importance of feasting on the Word of God daily to provide us with the spiritual nutrients we needed to get through our days. We had each dorm divide up into small groups and find a spot outside/ inside/ or wherever they chose. The counselor in each group led and instructed the children in what a personal devotion time with God could look like.

It was such a blessing to walk
around camp every morning after breakfast and see small groups of children participating in devotion time with their counselors. One group of girls huddled all together around their counselor on the rock between the foot bridge and lodge, two other groups laid claims to the foot bridge (girls group on one end, boys group on the other), one group chose the bell tower, another the swings, another group took up residence on the new cement bridge over the dry wash. No matter where the groups met, the campers listened and participated in the reading of God's word and praying.

We pray that seeds were sown into the hearts of
these young people, and the desire to feast on His Word continues.

Praise God for an exciting week at camp!!
-Tim and Mindy Seeley



Camper Quotes


"I learned that God never breaks His promises."
-Martin E.

"GREAT camp, great food, great teaching, and great counselors."
-Mario D.

"My favorite things about camp include riding the horses, meeting my counselors for the week, and becoming their friend."
-C. Jackson

"It was the best week ever."
-Leela F.


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7th and 8th Grade Girl's Camp

Reflections from the Director

In planning Girls Camp this year, it was on our hearts to focus on "hypocrisy." Girls in this day and age are bombarded with so many lies that tell them who they should and shouldn’t be. We wanted to take the week to help them understand that with God’s help they can take off all the “masks” they have been wearing and be the person God created them to be. We focused our class time, chapel time, and even our activities around this theme to help them further understand the importance of living without masks. One of the highlights of the week was our formal Masquerade Banquet. The girls wore actual masks that they had make earlier in the week and at the end of the evening we had a ceremony where we removed their masks and gave them each a verse to help them remember that with God’s help they can be who He wants them to be. We are very thankful for how the Lord worked in the staff and the camper’s lives during our week!

-Missy W.


Camper Quotes


"I appreciated that my counselors always let me talk to them, about anything, even if it meant waking them up at night."
-Cheyenne K.

"I really liked learning about different missionaries in the messenger pilots program."
-Maggie D.

"This week at camp, I was just reminded how fulfilling following Jesus is."
-Emily R.


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Reflections: 11th - 12th Grade Camp

Reflections from the Director

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Camper Quotes


"Camp really really opened my eyes this year. I'm happy that I know how to serve our Lord better and just how big He is."
-Jon L.

"I loved that my counselors were energetic and tons of fun to be around. They were also easy to talk to about life and spirituality."
-Matt B.

"Since this was my last official year being a camper, I tried to challenge myself a lot and I am praying about summer staff next year!"
-Megan L.



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Campers at the Westby Swimming PoolTeam Adventure Challenge at CampGuy reading Bible at CampPaintball at CampFor a complete set of this week's photos, click here.

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Reflections: 4th - 6th Grade Camp

Reflections from the Director

Once again, excitement ran high as campers filled the cabins for another week at LWBC. As the week began it was evident that God had placed in our care campers that needed Christ along with Christian love and friendship. Watching God work in these campers' lives was a sight to behold. As counselors gained the campers' respect and trust, we saw relationships build to the point that they were waking up their counselors to ask questions concerning their lives.

As the week continued with awesome nature programs, interesting class and chapel times, and special events, God worked in an incredible way by convicting 8 campers to accept Jesus Christ as Savior on Thursday night. The week culminated as campers stood up at the campfire to proclaim to the entire camp that they "GOT SAVED" this week. May God receive all the praise!!

-Tim and Deb G.



Camper Quotes

"I liked the counselors. They were like my nice older sisters."
-Bethany G.

"This camp really opened my eyes about God."
-Phillip B.

"I didn't know that an owl's head can almost turn all the way around!"
-Lydia D.


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Girl Campers and Staff in Tie-Dye OutfitsGirls Dorm in Camp Craft RoomCamp FreindsFor a complete set of this week's photos, click here.

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Reflections: 9th - 10th Grade Camp

Reflections from the Director

When you put 70 9th and 10th graders in one place for a week, something’s bound to happen, right? Well, it did. Those 70 teenagers accepted the challenge to offer their time, talents, treasure, and temple to God, and to have a committed relationship to His Son, Jesus Christ. Two campers took the first step in their walk with God, and accepted Christ as their Savior during the week. One of them lives 10 miles away from LWBC, but wanted to go to a different camp. When her parents asked her to go online and find a camp closer to home and less expensive, God brought her to Living Waters for the first time. I have a good feeling it won’t be the last time she’s in the peaceful valley! Praise God for each one of these 70 young people and their 15 counselors. Let’s pray for them as they begin school and put into practice the things they’ve seen and heard.

-Ken H.



Camper Quotes


"I learned that you're glorifying God if you are being persecuted for your faith."
-Mike M.

"All my talents can be used for God."
-Billy P.


"This camp really turned me back to Christ. I had almost totally cut myself off from God but camp really turned my entire way of things around."
-Anonymous



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Reflections: Family Camp #1

Reflections from the Director

Family Camp 2008 was a wonderful time shared by over 20 families. The group spread over the full continuum of the age spectrum - with ages randing from two years old to grandparents. The 37 children, 6th grade and under, were treated to a safari each morning during their lesson times that were headed up by Luke and Anita H. Our 34 teens were challenged daily by Jason and Kristin C. as they studied the book, Do Hard Things. The adults were blessed every morning by the ministry of Keith L. as we thought about the different types of love.

We shared lots of laughs and fellowship throughout the days at the pool, the softball field, the golf course, Patti's house, the archery range, the dinner tables, and - of course - at the evening adult special meeting time!

As always, the LWBC camp staff did an excellent job of preparing for us, and the nature programs were all well worth attending - even though there were no bats! Thanks to everyone at camp that made this week possible! You make it so easy for the directors!

-Kurt and Lori F.


Camper Quotes

"It was great working with the youth and seeing them get excited about living for Christ more vibrantly."
-Kristin C.

"Teenagers can make a difference in the world."
-Jacob H.

"I learned that I shouldn't just let people see I am a Christian by what I don't do, but what I DO do."
-Laura H.



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Reflections: Foundation Camp

Reflections from the Director

This year, there were 40 young adults in attendance at Foundation Camp. This was an excellent group of young people - we thank the Lord for the many young adults interested in learning more about building a solid foundation.

This year's teaching and training fit under three components of Christian Maturity - Self Control, Godly Wisdom, and Responsibility. We trust that the two weeks of two hours per day in Bible Study plus many hours of teaching, a good amount of service projects, along with a couple of opportunities to witness on the streets will not only impact the lives of those who attended, but impact the building of God's Kingdom around the world.

Additionally, the time in the fort area and covered wagons was an excellent setting for training, as there are some natural opportunities to serve one another, as well as minimize the many distractions of the world.

It is truly a great privilege to serve with the other leaders in this program to help train young adults interested in impacting others for the glory of the Lord. As the culture is changing and hardening quickly, it will take mature individuals to help meet the culture's needs.

God Bless,
Dennis S.


Camper Quotes
This camp was unique in that we asked each camper to write out, specifically, what they would take home and try to implement in their lives from this point on. Here are just a few, of many, wonderful quotes:

"Thank you for these two weeks - they have impacted me more as a Christian, and as a person, than anything in my whole life."
-Phillip K.

"A good leader listens. I need to listen first and speak second."
-Garrett S.

"I learned that my relationship with Christ is like a marriage relationship - I need to learn to be 100% sufficient in him."
-Jessica K.

"I am a citizen of heaven, and as such, I am an ambassador for Christ. I desire for the world to recognize this by the way I look, speak, and act. Not only that, but I hope for them to desire to be citizens of heaven by watching me and other believers as we follow Jesus."
-Sharayah J.



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Reflections: 3rd - 5th Grade Camp

Reflections from the Director

"
What a wonderful week to Renew Your Strength! This was the smallest but most personal camp we have ever directed. One night all the campers, counselors and kitchen helpers were up at the Adirondacks. A few of us below heard them singing late into the night. To hear children's voices echo throughout the camp; it was one of the best feelings we had - how God used that moment to strengthen us!

We were blessed with a close-knit group of staff, working together with a common purpose - to minister to the campers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We felt "renewed" by the opportunities we had to plant "seeds" all week; by sharing our testimonies and taking care of the campers as a parent would. It was wonderful to hear children reassuring their salvation to want to understand what they had done earlier in their life. Many shared their testimonies - how they came to know Jesus as their Savior. We give God the glory for the work that was done; we pray that each camper will grow in the knowledge of our Savior. May God continue to bless His work through the ministry of LWBC."

In His Service,
Rick & Shari L.



Camper Quotes

"I liked waking up to the sunshine at the Adirondacks."
-Rebekah

"LWBC is terrific, excellent, and magnificent. I totally want to come back."
-Gabe V.

"I liked the activities. It was my first time shooting a bow and arrow."
-Alex M.


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Reflections: 7th - 9th Boy's Grade Camp

Reflections from the Director

"It was another great Boy's Camp. Something we were encouraging our boys to do this week was to pray in public (in our group). One by one they all did it...

In cabin devotions on Thursday morning and Thursday night we ended with prayer requests and a nice prayer meeting.
After class on Friday they all prayed around the table and lifted each other up in prayer.

I was very encouraged to see these young men learning one of the most important tools for any Christian group's survival - prayer!!"


-Mike L.


Camper Quotes

"The staff and the cooks were amazing."

-James Y.


"I appreciated that [the counselors] were nice, patient, kind and encouraging."
-David H.

"One thing I learned from the Nature Programs is that the world needs more missionary pilots."
-Joe D.


Photos

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