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Winterama 2009


Great Food, Great Fun, Spending time with friends, and Learning from God’s Word!

These were the answers the campers gave when I asked why they keep coming back to Living Waters - and Winterama ’09 had all these things and more. God brought 33 energetic 6th – 10th graders to Winterama this year. The campers and the 8 counselors spent time together tubing, ice skating, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing or snowboarding. The annual broomball tournament was won by the “Ice Tigers”, congratulations ladies!

During our chapel services, we were challenged to live with a biblical worldview. I am praying that each of the campers and counselors will have the opportunity to share with a friend about what they learned and why a biblical worldview is the only true worldview.

Thank you to everyone who made Winterama ’09 part of their Christmas break, SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!

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Reflections: 3rd - 6th Grade Camp #2 2009

From the Directors of 3rd - 6th Grade Camp #2:

Although it has been a whole month since 3-6th Grade Camp #2, memories and blessings experienced during camp that week are still fresh in our minds. We had a great group of children who were - for the most part - cooperative, obedient, and eager to learn. We were blessed to have an awesome group of servant-minded volunteers working to serve the campers and each other. It was such a blessing to see the unity in the staff and the care and concern they displayed towards each other and the campers.

The central theme and message of the Bible was clearly taught during the evening chapel services, and staff and campers alike were challenged to be “firmly planted” in the Word of God. Morning classes, taught by husband/wife teams, focused on aspects of the life of a tree and how it applied to the lives of the camper. After breakfast each morning, campers were encouraged to participate in a time of personal devotions with their counselor and a few of their cabin buddies. During this time, campers were taught what a quiet time could look like, so they could take this skill home with them and practice it daily.

The highlight of the week for us was the salvation of two of the campers; both children willingly and boldly shared their testimonies with others (one shared it in front of the whole group on Friday evening). We praise God for these two decisions and for any other decisions that were made that we may not be aware of (and may never know of). Another highlight of the week happened at the registration table the first day of camp when one of the campers who had attended camp last year and had accepted Christ as his Savior let us know that he had been reading the Bible we had given him last year. Pointing to the Bible, which he carried under his arm, he informed us that he had started reading in Genesis and was up to the book of Numbers. What a blessing!

We feel privileged to have been a part of this memorable week and look forward to serving God at LWBC!

-Tim and Mindy S.

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Reflections: Family Camp 2009

From Kelly Siler:

There may have been just a small amount of families, but that definitely didn't hinder the magnitude of how God worked in the lives of those of us who were able to attend Family Camp 2009. We were we able to enjoy great food, wonderful fellowship, and a short retreat (Sunday through Wednesday) with our families down at camp.

While the kids were out experiencing nature programs, the parents were blessed by the video series from the 2009 "Focus on Marriage" Conference. Though it was originally broadcast as a national simulcast conference, we didn't feel like it was at all second-rate. The Lord still used the speakers from that conference to make a deep impact on our marriages -- the foundation of our families.

I think it's safe to say that we all left camp encouraged, well-nourished, and with a purer love for our spouse and family. Oh, and I probably shouldn't talk about how much fun we (the parents) had playing "Digital Praise" one evening because I'm still not sure if we broke a rule by "dancing" at camp or not...

=)

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Reflections: Girls Camp 2009

From the Director of Girls Camp 2009:

This year at Girls Camp we had the privilege of seeing the Lord's amazing power moving in hearts and lives! Our theme this year was Firmly Planted on God's promises with the tag line of "God's promises are always, always, always, always true!" Opening our Monday chapel time with staff testimonies, the staff had the opportunity to share how God has been faithful in their lives. During our camper testimony time at the campfire on Friday night we had the joy of seeing the girls be able to apply the things they were learning to their own lives. The schedule was full of a wide variety of activities, everything from a glow in the dark party to our 80's banquet. We are so thankful to have been a part of the girls' lives for the week and really count it a privilege to be used by the Lord in this way!

-Missy

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Reflections: 11th and 12th Grade Camp 2009

From the Director of 11th and 12th Grade Camp:

11th and 12th Grade Camp was a great week spent reviewing the foundation of Christianity. John Lyman was the guest speaker for the entire week and he carried the campers through 5 major topics including who God is, why we should believe the Bible, our human state, sin and salvation, and future events. Many of the campers and staff began asking great questions by mid-week.

Rain changed our plans multiple times, including our overnight camping trip. We drove two hours to hike in the rain and then drove home again. I like when God changes our plans because it means He is in charge – not me. We were also able to do the tree climb for the first time. The view from 75 ft. in the air is amazing!

The highlight of the week was the influence of one of our campers named Jacob. Jacob lost his father and sister a couple of years ago in an auto accident and he also suffered traumatic head injuries. His comments tell it all: “I lost my father, my sister, and half of me, but I love God.” Jacob challenged all of us to live each day as if it were our last.

-Vince

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Reflections: 3rd - 6th Grade Camp 2009

From the Directors of 3rd - 6th Grade Camp:

Deb and I felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve along with our staff and the LWBC staff last week at 3rd-6th grade camp. Even after many years of coming to Living Waters the excitement of watching the valley fill with campers never dwindles. 65 campers made their way to camp to take part in as many activities as possible along with learning more from God's Word. Lumberjack Day, a visit to the Felten farm, water day, campfires, scavenger hunt, and a 50's ice cream social night were just a few of the things enjoyed by all.

We had the privilege of seeing 4 campers profess salvation, and a couple of others be built up in their faith. What tops it off is reading through evaluations and seeing comments like, "I wish camp was longer" or "I loved my counselor/teacher" or best of all, "I will see you in Heaven, Mr. Felten". May God receive all the glory and His Kingdom multiplied.

-Tim & Deb

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Reflections: Boys Camp 2009

From the Director of Boys Camp:

We had a fantastic week at Boys Camp 2009. The weather was hot, but that just made water activities that much better. This week we studied the summer theme of "firmly planted". These guys learned the lessons from the life of David. The theme verse of Jeremiah 17:7-8 was the focus of the week -- "blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord in storms, avoids sin, abides deeply, and produces fruit."

Some of the fun things this week were paintball, capture the flag, making pinewood derby cars, making bread, learning about maple syrup, climbing the tower, doing the zip line and giant swing, basketball and archery tournaments, and anything that relates to water.

Both the staff and campers were great. It would be hard to beat the quality of these 46 young men we had as campers this week. We had minimal discipline issues to deal with and were all encouraged in how they seemed to desire to learn more about God and his Word. The highlight of this week was the entire day of Friday. On Friday, we had four young men make decisions for Christ and one rededicate his life. Please pray for the campers. Pray that they would take what they learned at camp and truly apply it to their lives... and not only for a week or two until the "camp high" wears off. We hope and pray that these young men will continue to grow with Christ and that they will be on fire for the Lord.

A warm thanks to all the campers, parents, Boys Camp, and LWBC full-time and summer staff who made this wonderful week possible!

Tom D.

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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.


Photos

Here are a few photos from the week:
For a complete set of this week's photos, click here.

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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.


Photos

Here are a few photos from the week:

For a complete set of this week's photos, click here.

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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.



Photos

Here are a few photos from the week:
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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