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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kid's Camp 2016: The experience, the recollection and Nate's First Time


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).

Objectives:
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.
(Source: Schoolius)



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! :D

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?

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34 comments:

  1. I also joined a kids camp when I was still young and later on became a facilitator for the kids. It's really a good experience.

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  2. I haven't experienced kids camp but when I was in high school, I always join our Youth Camp. It was a nice experience and I hope my son can also experience it. Wow, naghike ang mga kids, wala ba nagpabuhat? hehehe!

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    1. Masaya din youth camp! I attended a few din before I married. Nagpabuhat si Nate nung napagod na sya, pati ibang bata. haha.

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  3. I love your kids camp. It truly is for kids. And at such a tender age, kids learn to sing praises, pray, read the Bible and of course, let them be kids and enjoy. I bet your Nate truly had fun

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    1. He did have fun! Kaya na wean ko na din sya sa wakas! :)

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  4. MY kids like camping. In our church, we have Me and My Dad camps every summer and my husband takes the kids who are in the right age. My eldest is no longer allowed to join as he is already a preteen and has the Preteens Boot camp to join, but my 7 year old has one more summer to be with his dad. He doesn't like it as much as my eldest does. He doesn't like that it's just him and without his brothers. He gotbored easily.

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    1. Oh, your kid's camp sounds fun too!

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  5. I have joined youth camps before. They were life changing. It's my first time to see kid's camp in photos. Haha.:) Great job for the team! :) I know how difficult it is to organize one like this. :)

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    1. I think so too! Kudos to our bible students. :)

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  6. My son is still a toddler but we do plan on bringing him to kids camp such as these kasi marami siyang matututunan for sure. When I was still a kid kasi, siguro dahil wala ring budget, hindi talaga ako pinapayagan ng parents ko magjoin ng mga camp huhu! So now that I am a parent, I will make sure na makaka-join ang mga anak ko especially if they really want to. :)

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    1. I can't wait to see Ethan sa Kid's camp! I bet mag eenjoy din sya. :)

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  7. This one is cool, aside playing they are also learning the words of God.Hope my son can experience this one wala kasi sa amin ganito.

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    1. Yes, nakakatuwa, sis. :) At marami silang natututunan.

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  8. I never experienced attending Kids Camp back then. This is a good exposure for kids and at the same time, teaching them core values they can carry as they grow up.

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  9. I was able to attend something like this when I was a kid. This is a nice activity to spread the word of God to young kids.

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    1. I grew up attending this too. It's been a part of our childhood lives. :D

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  10. It's always a delight to see our kids play and do fun activities while learning the word of God. I hope my son can join a kid's camp, too.

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  11. Ang saya saya naman nito gaw! Hope Cloud attend such fun activities in the future. Para masanay na din makisalamuha sa mga bata.

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    1. yes gaw, nakaktulong talaga sa exposure nila. Magdala lang talaga ng off. hehe. Nagamit ko din mosquito patch ko dito. Mejo malamok pag hapon. hehe.

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  12. My teens were able to attend their first fellowship camp last year. I was hesitant to let them go at first because I was worried about them being away from home but it turned out to be a great learning experience for them.

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    1. I'm happy to hear that! I'm sure they had so much fun and learning.

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  13. This looks like a very interesting adventure for kids. It might take awhile, though, before I allow my little man on his first one. Kudos to the organizer, I bet every kiddo enjoyed the awesome experience

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    1. I understand that. I would feel the same way too. That's why there were 4 adults with Nate when he joined. lol.

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  14. This really sounds great! It's great that the kids get to have fun while learning about God's word. I hope to let the kids join one as well in the future. :)

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    1. I'll be happy to see their photos when the time comes. :)

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  15. Bataan, how far can that be? :-) It's so nice of you to expose your child to those spiritual activities. Minsan, most parents forget about this aspect of life which is very important for the family's spiritual health.

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    1. It's about 4 hours away from Metro Manila, mejo malayo. hehe.

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  16. I remember attending the Youth Camp in our church when I was younger. It was a 3-day activity as well but I think I was a bit too young to really understand what was going on since most of the attendees there were college students and yuppies. I just graduated from elementary back then. I remember the activities though and I had so much fun. The format I think has already been changed but the concept somehow remains the same.

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    1. Oh, I have the same experience before too! Nagmamadali ako tumanda, sumasali ako sa Youth fellowships, di ako maka relate! lol.

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  17. Ang cute ni Nate while praying! Is that him? I'm sure he learned a lot and had loads of fun! I know Nate will grow up into a good and God-loving man because of your guidance, Nilyn. How I wish we have a Bible camp here, too!

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    1. Yes, that was him. Nakakatuwa nga tingnan e! Thank you, Maan! Sana nga. And I hope you'll have a bible camp near you soon. Pra maka try pud Yuri. :)

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