Young Life Camp

30 Jul

 

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As you probably know by now, my husband works for an organization called Young Life.  Young Life is an outreach organization for middle and high school students.  It’s a pretty awesome organization if you ask me- but I think most kids who are involved would say the same thing…    During any given week around the WORLD you can find a Young Life activity taking place.  As of June 2013, Young Life is in 5,937 schools and other outreach locations, as well as 52,839 leaders in the United States and around the world impacting 1,434,869 kids.  WOWZERS!!!

One of my favorite parts of Young Life is their “camping” program…  I say “camping” because Young Life’s camps are not rustic at all, their camps are more like 5 star resorts- and this is on purpose! Young Life has become known for their amazing resort quality amenities.   Young Life camping involves high adventure, lots of fun, great food and excellent speakers who understand and respect high school and middle school kids.  The camping ministry allows kids to get away from the pressures of everyday life, have fun with friends and their Young Life leaders, and hear the message of God’s love in terms they can understand.  Young Life camping is open to kids who often are overlooked: those from economically depressed communities, kids with disabilities and teenage mothers.  They have roughly 27 of these resort quality camps that serve more than 100,000 kids around the world.  These kids get to spend a week or a weekend at Young Life camp, having an experience that many describe as the best of their lives.

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Young Life even offers family camp for all of us that have younger families.  They offer both week long and weekend opportunity for families.  Another highlight of my boy’s summer!

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OH and who could forget WINTER CAMP???  I told you, YL has it all!

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As a member of the YL staff, Ben gets to take his middle and high school friends to camp each summer.  While he is at camp, there are other staff people working the property so that Ben’s area can have the best week of their lives!  In return, later in the summer, Ben gets to serve at a YL camp offering the same experiences to other Young Life campers and their leaders.  This is called being on an “assignment”.  When Ben has an assignment, we all get to go!  It’s amazing!!!  The other awesome part of an assignment is that there are high school and college age kids (that have previously been to a YL camp) who loved it so much they want to give back… They give up a month of their summer to come and serve others in some of the most humbling of ways (serving food, cleaning cabins, maintaining the property, etc..).

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This summer we’ve had the opportunity to serve at a YL camp called Crooked Creek Ranch.  I’m amazed by the “Assign Team” at this camp and their willingness to serve high schoolers at all costs!  By the time our assignment is over, we will have shared our month with over 1500 high school friends.  I call them friends because my boys have made a ton of friends while we’ve been at camp!  I’d love to share some amazing photographs with you as we continue our assignment…

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If you’d like more information about Young Life please visit www.younglife.org !   I wouldn’t be surprised if YL is alive and well in your community :).

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Father’s Day Project

15 May

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This is such a fun project! I actually made it with my Sunday School Class and they had a lot of fun with it! We used small canvases, tempura paint, corks as paint brushes, and a little glue to put the poem on the back of the canvas! We also handed out a pine tree as a little gift! This really is a fun and thoughtful gift for a mom, dad, teacher or friend! Enjoy!!!

Bird Feeders

9 May

This is a project that so many people know about, but if you have not done it I highly suggest it, it was so much fun…  All you need is some sort of sticky food (peanut butter, sun butter, almond butter, honey etc..) some birdseed, string or twine and some time to get messy…

Step 1:  Tie string or twine to a pine cone and/or a bagel (through the middle)…

Step 2:  Spread peanut butter, sun butter, almond butter or honey on a pine cone or bagel.  Make sure to take a few “licks” for yourself…

Step 3:  Sprinkle the bagel/pine cone with birdseed and hang it in your favorite tree…

Step 4:  Stand back and watch for birds…

Spread a Little Sunshine

1 May

These are our 2014 May Day Baskets! We made them exactly like our bug baskets, just making a sunshine instead! Click HERE for directions on making a cone shaped basket! Bring on spring!

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May Day Baskets!

30 Apr

Tomorrow is May Day.  I’m not sure about you, but I can hardly believe it’s May.  I’m not sure if it’s because the weather has been rather dreary or if it’s just because time flies, but whatever the case, tomorrow is May!!!  Why not bring a little sunshine to a friend or neighbor!  Here are my favorite May Day Baskets…

 

You’ll Need

Construction Paper

Scissors

Glue

Stapler/Tape

Markers

Treats

Directions:

To Make the cone shaped basket you will need to cut a 9.5×11 sheet of paper into a half circle shape.  Depending on the insect you choose to make you might need to use two colors….

Once you’ve made your half circle shape you will just “roll” the paper into a cone shape and staple, tape or glue it into place…

Then you will need to trace a circle for the head (I used a one cup measuring cup)…  Draw some wings, antenna, eyes, etc.. We used glue stick to attach the head, antenna and eyes.  I stapled the wings to the back of each of the cones just to make sure they would stay!  We drew the spots and faces on with markers, but you could use google eyes and stickers too if you wanted.   I cut a one inch thick/11 inch long piece of paper for the handle of the basket.   The boys had a lot of fun with this!  You can really make them your own!   Add treats and gifts and TADA!

Beer Bread Recipe

22 Apr

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This is one of the easiest “quick bread” recipes I’ve found!  You can definitely replace the beer with soda and yeast or even water and yeast!  The most important part of this recipe is that you sift the flour!  You can do this using a flour sifter, metal strainer or even a slotted spoon!  If you do not sift the flour your bread will be very dense and heavy!  The other option with this bread is to mix the butter into the batter which creates a softer bread.  Pouring the butter over the top creates a buttery crispy crust.  I made this for some guests this past weekend and it was a huge hit.  It honestly took me 5 minutes to toss together!  ENJOY!

Ingredients

    • 3 cups flour ( sifted- very important)
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 (12 ounce) can beer (see directions for other options)
    • 1/4 cup melted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift the flour through a sifter or even a metal strainer- even a slotted spoon!  This is very important so that your bread is not too dense!
  3. Mix dry ingredients and beer.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
  5. Pour melted butter over mixture. (If you’d like softer bread versus a crispy crust, mix the butter into the batter)
  6. Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
  7. If you do not have or want to use BEER you can use 2 teaspoons yeast and a can of soda or other liquid :)
  8. If your bread tastes like a heavy brick, most likely it’s because the flour wasn’t sifted correctly!

 

Easter Sun Catchers

14 Apr

All three boys and I whipped these up this morning to start decorating for Easter.  We also made some EGG shaped sun catchers and if you’re handy with the scissors you could even make BUNNIES…  For us, this was a great opportunity to talk about the meaning of Easter and the symbolism of the cross, eggs, bunnies, etc..

Here’s The Scoop:

You’ll need just a few things:  Clear contact paper, tissue paper cut into squares, scissors, a hole punch, and ribbon…

Directions:

1.  Cut two identical sized rectangles out of contact paper.  I cut a large one and let my kids all use it as one canvas, but you could also cut separate ones for each child.  You will need TWO identical size pieces per project.

2.  Lay one of the pieces of contact paper in front of your child sticky side up and let them stick tissue paper all over it.  If they are young you may need to fill in the empty spots when they are finished.

3.  Once the contact paper is covered with tissue take the identical sized piece of contact paper and lay it on the top of the tissue sticky side down.  You now have made a tissue sandwich!

4.  At this point you can cut out any shape you want.  Like I said we made two large crosses, two mini crosses and 4 eggs.

5.  Punch a hole in the top of each shape, tie it with a ribbon and hang it on your nearest window.

**  I think these are cute gifts for a Sunday School Teacher, neighbor, daycare provider etc…  Have fun!

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