This week has flown by. We can hardly believe that we are spending our last hours at Castaway. The adventures we’ve had, the friendships we’ve built, and the beauty we’ve seen is unmatched by anything before!
In a final post coming later this weekend you will read more reflection on our week, because right now we’re going to go play on the beach in the sun one last time before we pack up and head home! See you later!
Just a bunch of goons on the dock
Getting some air during sunset tubing
All smiles on the water
Sunset tubing… Does it get any better?!
Watching the sunset from the lake
Early morning wake boarding
One of our leaders showing us how it’s done!
The weather has been ideal this week! Even though a few of us have gotten sunburn, we’re loving the time outside soaking up the rays. The giant hot tubs and tubing have been some of our favorites. But watching the sunset was probably the most beautiful thing we’ve seen all week! So many colors dancing across the sky and reflecting on the lake. God definitely delivered last night!
Getting ready to Parasail
Up, up and away!
“I feel like I’m flying!”
Theme Night: Welcome to Crunch Berry Bay
Carnival with another one of Castaway’s breathtaking sunsets
Post pie in the face
This is our last full day at Castaway. We hope that it goes slow so we can really soak it all in!
Our days have been so jam packed since arriving. I’ve heard kids genuinely say, “Was that really only this morning?! We’ve done so much it feels like we’ve been here a week already!” I could tell you all what we’ve been doing… but I think I’ll just show you.
TMNT’s are ready for the Volleyball tournament
Tribal warriors after dominating their volleyball game
“Banana Boating is easy!”
“Whoa… ok it’s a little rougher.”
“…and we’re off.”
Enjoying some time out on the water
Hanging out on the beach
Our leaders know how to have a good time!
Our small yet mighty group has made it to Minnesota! We’re currently on the last leg of our journey to Castaway: traveling by coach bus to Detroit Lakes. Our group can’t stop smiling and laughing… and screaming! We played an anxiety causing game of Mafia last night in a church. Nothing brings a group closer together than timidly wandering through a pitch black church and jumping out of your skin at every noise. We had a good time and giggled a lot!
As we near our destination there is a noticeable feeling of excitement and anticipation. Stay tuned for the adventures of Vail Valley Young Life as we concur Castaway!
Although the week is coming to an end, it’s not over yet. We still have two full days ahead of us at Young Life’s Castaway Club. This week has been full of joy, laughter, challenges, risks, new experiences, “first time ever’s,” and deep friendships. As the YL program (the funny guys up on stage), slowly comes to an end the relationships between Young Life Leaders and their high school friends are more ripe than ever. These next couple of days leaders will have an opportunity spend some one on one with each camper. What a privilege for leaders as many campers will share their lives openly with their trusted friend (YL Leader). It is really quite powerful if you think about….the fact that our leaders are much older, some of us have grey hair, others have nose hair and some have no hair and yet, our high school friends understand that there is a deep friendship with their leader. Amazing!
We are looking forward to returning home. Have the daily challenges gone away as we return home…no. But, our friends have will have the choice to approach life differently. To look at who they are and who they have become through a new lens. To see themselves in their new identity. Camp is a powerful, a life changing opportunity and what a joy it has been to love on your son and daughter this week.
Enjoy the pics below…
A quick reminder to make sure that you have RSVP’d for the Young Life Post Camp Banquet at 4 Eagle Ranch on July 1st. To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-life-banquet-and-square-dance-tickets-11954402941?ref=elink
If you need more info, shoot me an email to Ben Dodds, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday was a full day at the beach as many of our campers from Vail took long naps in the hammocks down by the water. I’m certainly glad they rested up because last night was possibly the most fun any of us have ever had! The night started with an early Young Life Club, followed by a Tableau (our Mississippi Riverfront still scene), Dinner as we were all dressed in our best Tom Sawyer digs and that was all in just the first 3 hours of the night. Then the craziness really unfolded…
A Carnival came to camp. YES!! A full blown carnival (minus the rides) landed smack in the middle of camp. Campers played carnival games to earn fake money ($5) in hopes of putting their leader in the dunk tank, or smashing a whipped cream pie in their face. Pure fun! After the carnival, we laughed until our stomaches hurt at our program team as they put on a mini opera full of all the YL Camp humor. And if that wasn’t enough (I know, you are exhausted just from reading the night events), we headed straight into a square dance over in the gym. Square Dance you say? Yes, a square dance broke out at YL Camp and I’ve never scene smiles on high school kids faces like I saw last night. It was an unbelievable evening!
What a way to start the morning…Parasailing
Sibling love at camp…Max & Molly having a great week together!
Just 2 of our 12 amazing leaders on this trip to Castaway. You know what is special about our YL Leaders? They give up one week of work to head to camp with their high school friends. Talk about sacrifice. These folks are the backbone of this mission. Thank a YL Leader today!
The smiles are contagious….
We ended the day with gutter sundaes. Yes, 350 campers ate ice cream sundaes out of gutters on the basketball court….an ice cream fight might have happened towards the end.