Camp, camp, camp it up!

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The day camp fam – campers, counselors, and adult helpers

Kristy and I had the opportunity to lead a Bible camp in Cyangugu for a week in early December. In Rwanda, the gap between school years goes from October to January, so this was the perfect time to share the joy of summer camp with some incredible kids. Our days were filled with crazy activities. Here are a few pictures from a typical day.

(All my LCBC readers, say it with me!)

And now! It’s time! For your day camp… SCHEDULEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

8:00 a.m. – Morning Circle

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Every morning we gathered in a circle to sing songs and wait for everyone to arrive.

9:00 a.m. – Games I

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The campers loved games that involved running. A tag game called Fanta Machine (an adaptation of Pop Machine) was one of their favorites.

9:30 a.m. – Music

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We sang songs in English and Kinyarwanda. Kristy and I attempted to teach one of our personal favorites: “Give me Oil in My Lamp.”

10:00 a.m. – Games II

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Innocent, one of the counselors, initiates a game of “Find the Leader.”

10:30 a.m. – English Party (Aka – English Class)

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Every day we spent an hour learning some new English words. We played games and sang songs to make the learning feel more like camp and less like school.

11:00 a.m. – Free Time

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The campers usually found a soccer ball and convinced Jean Bosco, the Evangelist, to play a game of Football with them.

11:30 a.m. – Bible Stories:

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Jean Bosco, the Evangelist, tells the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. He reminded us that we don’t need to have a lot to have enough.

11:30 – Quiet Games:

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In the afternoons, we sat in the shade to play quiet games such as “Pink Elephant,” “Wink,” and “Story Building.”

12:00 p.m. – Art

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The campers weave mats out of strips of paper. We did a different craft every day.

Around 12:30 p.m. we ate lunch. After the kids finished their plates of rice and beans, they worked together to clean the school. They swept and mopped each classroom, washed all their lunch dishes, and swept the courtyard area. Our five-year-old host sister, Reign, was the most committed helper of all, and she was always the first to grab a mop and get to work. I’ve never seen kids who are as independent and exhibit as much initiative as these campers.

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The campers enjoyed playing parachute games whenever the opportunity arose.

After each day of camp, our host siblings took us on an adventure. We saw Lake Kivu, the boarder between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a forest that had an uncanny resemblance to northern Minnesota, and downtown Kemembe.

It was hard to say goodbye to our host siblings and campers at the end of the week, but we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help with the day camp. A huge thank you to Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church for their sponsorship!

*Photo credit for almost all photos goes to Muhire, Mucho, and Goeffry (our host brothers)

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