Overnight Camp with the Little Kids

Every year GES hosts an overnight camp for grades 1-5 on campus…ON CAMPUS. So that means there are roughly 150+ kids running rampant at school and doing all sorts of crazy activities and games that they would otherwise be told “no” during the school day. You can imagine the excitement and hyper-in-your-diaper kind of energy that generates from that many tiny bodies being given near-complete free rein on familiar stomping grounds.

I mean…there are camp fires and roasted hot dogs and s’mores!

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Thankfully for the teachers, it’s just two days and one night of slightly controlled chaos. I got off lucky and didn’t have to sleep on a classroom floor with a room full of students or trade out with the brave souls who did at 6am the following morning. I was in co-charge of decorations for the theme – God’s Kingdom – and taking on the 2 hours of supervision the following afternoon, which was spent eating gold fish crackers and coconut ice cream with kids while waiting for parents to pick them up. I totally won.

For the first day and second day, students were led through team-building activities (the grade levels got mixed up into groups) and discussion times between movies and chapel services. It was great getting to know more students and not have to be in complete “teacher mode” with them; I especially loved seeing how the 5th and 4th graders helped out the 1st graders in my group. Precious. Anyway, here are pictures!ONC Lower_0010 ONC Lower_0038 ONC Lower_0039 ONC Lower_0042 ONC Lower_0043 ONC Lower_0045 ONC Lower_0047 ONC Lower_0049 ONC Lower_0053 ONC Lower_0071

And at the close of day 2, we had a great big water fight on the soccer field. It was fantastic!

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