One of the Biggest Changes over 35 years…

Posted on March 28, 2012 by Phil

Through the years, we have seen some big changes at our camps!  At Crestridge, the first year, the campers and staff had to eat in the Dining Hall at our conference center.  Back in the ‘50’s, they required that the girls wear dresses in the dining hall.  So, before every meal, the campers and staff would have to change from their “camp clothes” to dresses, walk to the conference center for their meals, walk back, and then change back into their camp clothes for activities.  I think they probably spent most all of their time doing that!  Glad that the dining hall was built for the second summer!

I bet many of you didn’t know that at Camp Ridgecrest, there used to be a swimming pool down in Apache Circle.  It was there in the 30’s… made from concrete block, and fed by a stream… I’m sure the water was nice and warm!

Probably one of the biggest changes that I have seen in my 35+ years at camp is the need for a summer camp experience for our young folks.  Back when I first started here, in the mid 70’s, most kids still got out and played in the neighborhood, many rode their bikes to school, and “Pong” (one of the first TV video games) didn’t keep too many kids inside.

Now, with many more safety concerns, video games, iPhones, and a plethora of movie and television channel choices, it seems that young people rarely get outside.  And with Facebook and chat, there is much less face-to-face social interaction.  Camp can give your child the outdoor experience that they need, as well as face-to-face time with their peers.  For camps like ours that don’t allow electronics or cellphones, parents are relieved, and campers find that they can live for two or more weeks without checking Facebook every five minutes or so.

So as your write that check this year for camp tuition, and wonder if you could be spending your money in a better way, just remember that you are providing your children with experiences that they can’t get anywhere else… time in the outdoors, away from “civilization” and all that entails, and the chance to spend time with friends from all over the country in a Christian community with incredible college age students as their role models.  What better way could you spend your money… or they spend their time?  We look forward to them being with us this summer!

Ron Springs
Director, Ridgecrest Summer Camps

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Conversation Starters: Compassion vs. Expendability

Posted on March 21, 2012 by Phil

Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

Sanctity of Human Life Lesson; God values us, has a plan for us, is with us

Conversation Starters

How can you keep this conversation going at home? Try bouncing some of these questions around at the dinner table, as you’re driving your kids to school or an activity, or even while you’re shopping together:

For Preschoolers

• Have you ever done something that made one of your friends say they didn’t want to be your friend anymore? How did that make you feel?

• Do you know that God loves you no matter what? How does THAT make you feel?

For School-Age

• [If you have a pet] What are all the things we have to do to take care of our pet? Why do we do them?

• What are some ways God takes care of animals in nature? Do you know that people are much more important to God than animals are?

For Students

• Psalm 139:16 says, “All my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” What does that tell you about your future? About how God cares for the unborn?

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LifeSpan spiritual growth strategy for parents

Posted on March 14, 2012 by Phil

Parents, do you have a plan for your kids’ spiritual growth? At LifeWay, we’ve developed the LifeSpan spiritual growth strategy for children, from infants to high school seniors. Regardless of your kids’ ages, you can be confident that LifeWay curricula, events, and other resources provide targeted objectives that encourage spiritual growth with a strong biblical foundation. Bret Robbe explains how you can do all of this while keeping your family worshiping and growing together.

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Converation Starters: What Are You Good At?

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Phil

Wouldn’t it be easier if you were good at everything? Have you ever thought about how boring life would be if everyone was good at everything? It’s March, basketball is in the air. What if every human was equally good at basketball. This is not the way that our creator designed it…thank goodness. We are designed to be unique and special – good at some things, and not so good at other things. Use this concept and some of the questions below to talk with your kids this month. We will be praying for you here at Camp!

For Preschoolers
Let’s name all the helpers in our church. Not just teachers, but helpers in the parking lot, people who keep the building clean, and people who print the bulletins. Let’s thank God for all the helpers in our church.

For Children
Did you know that every Christian has at least one spiritual gift? What do you think a spiritual gift is?
Do you know what yours are? (If your child has made a profession of faith)

For Students
Do you think it’s more important for Christians to help other Christians inside the church, or people outside the church? Or are both equally important?
What volunteer positions in our church do you think you would be good at?

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