The B-Man spent another week at a Reach Workcamp with my youth group from Matthews United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. It was my fifth camp since 1996. This year we traveled to Oliver Springs, TN. The trip only took about 5 hours, and we arrived safely at Oliver Springs High School Sunday afternoon (June 22).
Monday morning we headed out to our worksites in and around Oliver Springs -- my crew worked in Clinton, TN. There were about 350 youth, counselors, troubleshooters, and Reach staff members. So we made up over 40 seven-person work crews. Our tasks included painting, roofing, all kinds of repair work (siding, floors, doors, ceilings, etc.), and some new construction (decks and wheelchair ramps). We worked from 8am - 4pm, Monday through Friday (Wednesday only until noon and Friday until all the worksites were finished!).
Each night, we had an evening program that included singing, skits, games, slide shows, sharing time, and group devotions with our work crews. On Wednesday night, we held a talent show that produced some powerful moments for those performing and those in attendance. The nights were brought to a close with evening reflections in our own youth groups.
The theme for our devotions all week was "The Anchor Holds". Each day our devotions during lunch and the evening program talked about "staying the course" and weathering "the storms" of life. By week's end, we could see and feel God's presence in the community, in our work crews, and in our youth groups. We left the camp ready to return home and share the love of God with our own communities!
I had a great week at the camp. Be sure and check out the pictures from our trip, as well as the official Reach Workcamps website!