Today was a whole new something special.
These boys showed up at send-off with anxiety and fear of the unknown. This was all new to them. They were all reserved and quiet. However, after leaving Grand Rapids, we started to hear conversations spark up. Similar interests were found very quickly and they all started to open up. Relationships were building.
Once arriving at Cran-hill, the boys worked together to unpack the trailer and get situated in their rooms. We then reviewed expectations for the week.
Do the right thing. Respect yourself and others. Excel in leadership. Accept responsibility. Maintain appearance.
After some amazing tacos 🌮 for dinner, we got to know each other better with a few icebreakers and Gaga ball!
We arrived at the climbing wall at 7pm and the boys set some goals. It was amazing to see them all get up on the wall. Even the one’s who weren’t sure they could even put on a harness found themselves halfway up the way with everyone cheering as they pushed themselves farther than they ever had before. They were overcoming fears and building confidence.
After the climbing wall, we finished the day in the lake. The boys had so much fun playing king of the raft and throwing the football around.
Many of these boys have never been to summer camp. Many have never been on a horse before. Some have never been away from home for this long. A few are learning to swim for the first time in their life. It looks like there will be many “firsts” this week.
Pray that God would continue to lift away anxiety and fear. We have a few boys who are afraid of the dark; pray for courage. Pray for the staff as we try to support the boys in the best ways we can.