Sunday, June 24, 2018

Keenan's Week at New Life Ranch, June 3-9, 2018

Hey! This is Keenan! This is my first post, so pardon my grammar.

Since I would like to do a Teen Missions trip soon, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to go to a week long summer camp first, so I would have some experience being away from home on my own.   We decided I would go to New Life Ranch in Colcord, Oklahoma (four hours from home!).  This camp was recommended to us by a good friend who spent a lot of great summers there when she was younger!
Here is the schedule:
      7:00 Rise and Shine
    7:30 Table for Two (personal quiet time)
    7:45 Breakfast
    8:30 Cabin Clean-up
    9:10 1st hour Activity Class
    10:10 2nd hour Activity Class
    11:11 Morning Camp Party
    11:45 Lunch
    12:45 Word (cabin Bible Study)
    2:00 Rest Time
    2:30 Free Time
    5:00 Dinner
    6:00 Chapel
    7:15 Talk Back (cabin discussion about chapel and the day)
    8:15 Canteen; Quick Dip
    9:15 Bible Memory
    10:30 Lights Out
    First, a summary of the schedule.
    Cabin cleanup was a competition for the cleanest cabin and each day there was an awards ceremony where the cabin who won received a special plunger trophy painted gold. At the end of the week, whoever had the cleanest cabin overall got a huge container of ice cream! 
    1st and 2nd hour activity's were pre-determined classes that could be disc golf, drama, archery, riflery, skeet-shooting, and a bunch of others. Every day we did different activities. Morning camp party (MCP) was a time where we sang songs played games and had fun. Free time is where for 2 1/2 hours you can go wherever and do whatever. Some of the things you could do were the silver bullet, (a super fast and steep slide), the blob (a massive air pillow where you sit on the end and get launched high in the air), and go to the canteen, where you can buy snacks, souvenirs and sugar filled icees. Canteen and Quick Dip was the time when you could swim in the creek and pool and go to the canteen to buy stuff and play the games that surround the building such as nine-square, table-tennis, and ga-ga-ball.                                         
Here is a picture of my whole cabin
Front row, (l-r) Justin, Lane, Issac, Bowen, Zeke and Fox. Back row, Kaleb, Sterling, Walker, Samuel (who lives in Egypt) and me. In the back are Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Aaron

Crazy photo

Delicious dinner of hot dogs chips and rice crispy treats for dessert

Running from a tagger during a super cool game called Safari where there were different counselors with colored face paint on and they were different animals and they all had a bunch of popsicle sticks. The game was boys against girls.  What you wanted to do is tag the different animals and then they gave you a stick which you would put in the boys or girls bucket. Whoever had the most when there were no more sticks won the game. Yellow face paint was a lion.  They could tag you which meant you couldn't tag them again. You could get a stick by pulling out their "tail", which is a velcro strip around their waist. Green was a snake. They carried ropes around and swung them. If you were hit you weren't allowed to tag them anymore . Blue were elephants. They had water guns which they squirted at you and if you got hit you couldn't tag them. You also couldn't tag them if they were in their "watering holes" which were little plastic pools of water that were scattered around the field. White were zebras.  They couldn't be tagged if they were in groups of two or more.

Red-faced, tired and sweaty, ready to go for a dip in the pool

Barely beating Zeke in a competitive game of table-tennis

A really good verse that I learned that week was 
Hebrews 12:1-2:
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us throw off all that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with endurance the race that has been marked out for us. We do this by fixing on eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

 Windup in a game of newcomb, a volleyball related game

Ready to go down the water slide

In the gaping mouth of the slide

Down the throat


What a weirdo

A highlight of the week was getting packages and messages from my parents, Moriah and Caleb, Grandpa and Grandma E, Uncle Issac, Grandma W, Uncle Tim, Papa Ghanoush, Eden Penny, Josh Tibbe and Wendy. Thanks so much everybody!

My amazing cabin

My last picture with Mr. G and Mr. Aaron. It was really sad leaving but being at New Life Ranch was an exhilarating experience and I hope to go there again sometime in the near future.


The Woodfords said...

Great post, Keenan! So glad you had the opportunity to go to camp, and it looks like you had a super time!
Lots of love to you!
Auntie Steph

Grandma, W. said...

Wow, great write up Keenan, your content was clear, interesting and the grammar was great. You have so much potential, keep using it for God's glory!! So glad you had a chance to do this, it sounded and looked wonderful!!!