I wish that this were a funny post about the lessons one can learn at church youth camp, but its not. I do have a great piece of advice though-if you are going to camp on a college campus and staying in the dorms, there is a good chance there will be laundry facilities so take some detergent and use them! We came back with no piles of dirty laundry! It was a stroke of brilliance!
I also had some personal growth and I think my husband, the youth pastor, and the youth came back refreshed and with a new zeal.
But none of that is why I started writing this post.
You see, we took the youth to Super Summer, a camp that neither my husband, the youth, or I had ever been to. And, unlike most other youth camps, the adults go off and do their own thing while the youth are with “Team Leaders.” Many youth pastors choose to go as team leaders, but some choose to attend the Leadership Forum. Having never been and being incapable of going down early to be a Team Leader, my husband chose for the two of us to attend the Leadership Forum. So there we are, at basically a very small training for youth pastors, and what do I start noticing? Child development themes, of course!
I remember leaning over to my husband at one point and excitedly saying “that’s scaffolding!” The leader was talking about making disciples, using the way Jesus made disciples as an example, and it was very clearly scaffolding. So I started really paying attention at this point!
I already know about the areas of child development being the same as the areas in which Luke says Jesus grew, now I had scaffolding, and, by the end of the week, I had thought through discipline, modeling, planning, and more! It was rather a silly revelation, really, because I had already made some of the connections, but suddenly, that light bulb just clicked and I realized how much child development and best practices could be backed up with the Bible!
So, in addition to the Breaking Out of Survival training that I have in the works, I now am planning a Child Development in the Bible training. Both ideas are still mostly in my head, but as soon as we are finished with the insanity that is June and July around here, I plan to get these trainings on “paper!”
Also, I took the time today to improve the Back to the Basics page in my Portfolio (I added the words to the pictures if you hadn’t seen it before) and will try to have the other Portfolio pages similarly updated within a week!