Last night’s game was Kung Fu Panda-related, except this time the campers had to find hidden paw print-shaped papers in order to get points. Paw prints—in different colors and in black—were hidden throughout the camp. The colored paw prints were worth more points than the black ones. Dan Ulrich, the speaker for the week, and his team won with an astounding 95 points! They were rewarded with candy for earning the most points.

This morning was a dreary one. As I watched the rain making mini rivers on the ground today, the song about the foolish man who built his house on the sand played in my head. That’s not my way of teaching a spiritual lesson—it’s just that the rain is all draining into the lake and taking the sand with it. We were very fortunate that the rain stopped long enough for the campers to enjoy their free time. The campers played four-way Nukem, where you have to catch the volleyball with your hands. If you drop or don’t catch the ball, you’re out of the game, so the other team gets a point. Now that you have that in your mind, picture two volleyball nets intersecting one another and four teams playing against each other. That was today’s planned recreation activity, so the campers had an afternoon of chaotic and confusing sports fun!

Once the start of free time was announced, all the campers flocked to the craft shop because they all wanted to create today’s project. The craft director bought canvases, acrylic paint, and paint markers for the campers to make Chinese-symbol paintings. She printed out pages with the symbols and their translation for the campers to paint on their canvas. The campers did an awesome job of replicating the Chinese symbols, and many of the finished paintings look like something you’d see in a home decorating magazine. The campers enthusiastically took part in this craft, which fit perfectly with the theme for this week.

Right before free time ended, we heard thunder rumbling in the distance. I’m hoping it doesn’t start raining again. We’ll just have to wait and see what becomes of it.

See more photos at the Middler Camp Picasa page.

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