MONTHLY ARCHIVES: April 2012

Brag A Little

Posted on April 24, 2012 by Melissa

I had been practicing and thought my ping-pong skills were pretty impressive. So, when my friend challenged me to a game, I asked, “Do you really think you can handle it?” That day, I learned not to brag about my ping-pong skills. My friend never told me he was a ping-pong master!

As you read Galatians 6:11-16, notice what Paul said of himself in verse 14.

God gave the Jews the sign of circumcision as an outward sign of their covenant with Him. Why do you think the Jews would boast in that outward sign? What was the problem with their boasting?

What did Paul mean when he said that “circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing” (v. 15)?

Why do you think Paul was so emphatic about only boasting in the cross of Christ (v. 14)?

What do you think boasting in the cross of Christ sounds like? What would it look like if you did it?

Do you know anyone who always boasts in Christ rather than him or herself?

How quick are you to talk about Christ? Where are you when you are likely to talk about Christ?

Where are you when you tend to shut up about Christ?

What do you brag about most often? Some of us are always ready to brag about ourselves, to push ourselves forward, to make ourselves sound important. Not Paul. Instead, he wanted to brag about the cross of Christ. So should we. As believers, we should always be ready to brag on the One who is the Creator of the world, the Savior of all humanity. Today, ask God to fill your heart with His wonder and cause you to think and talk of Him in your conversations.


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2012 Clothing Items

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Sharon

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the clothing for this summer, now is your chance!  Since we are going to have a larger store, we figured we would need to add more options to help fill the space. You have great options to choose from this year!  (Click on the picture to see a bigger image and hold your mouse over the picture to see the name)

Don’t forget to pre-order your clothes for the summer!  Our store will be open on Opening and Closing Days.  We’ll also open the store a few times throughout the session.  We’ll also have a nice, new store in the Beehive!  Pictures of the progress can be seen on our Facebook page!  See you soon!


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Sow and Reap

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Melissa

When a farmer plants corn, he doesn’t harvest wheat. You can only harvest what you’ve actually planted. And believe it or not, that principle holds true for our spiritual lives as well.

Read Galatians 6:6-10, paying particular attention to verse 7.

Sowing refers to planting seeds. Reaping refers to harvesting the resulting food. What are some good seeds you are planting with how you live your life? What harvest do you think you will reap from those seeds?

What are some bad seeds you’re planting? What harvest do you see yourself reaping from those?

Why do you think Christians sometimes “get tired of doing good” (v. 9)?

What are some seeds you should be planting that you are not?

What are some seeds you need to quit planting?

We like to think of God as a loving Father who wants us to be happy, healthy, and wealthy, but that’s not the total picture of God. He gives us freedom to act, but our actions always have consequences. We may not suffer immediately for breaking one of God’s commandments. However, in the long run, every one of us will experience the consequences of the choices we’ve made.

You can choose to sin—even as a believer—and think it doesn’t matter or that you’re getting away with it. But your sinful choices have consequences. Spend some time today talking with God about the choices you’re making. If you need to, ask for His forgiveness. Ask Him what good seed you need to be planting. Determine to do all He shows you.


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Congratulations To….

Posted on April 12, 2012 by Sharon

Kathleen Sullivan!  Kathleen was the first person to send in the correct answers for the Online Scavenger Hunt which started at 5PM on Tuesday.  It was a very close race with many participants, but Kathleen pulled through to win $50 to our Clothing Store this summer!  Here are the correct answers:

My Ideal Day at Camp

The first thing I want to hear in the morning is the sound of the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­    Wake-Up Bell    and Marva’s voice ringing loudly over the speaker. All morning when I am at skills I think about ­     Chicken  Tender     Tuesday . That is just what I need to give me the energy I need for my favorite activity – sock war! The only problem is that I have a sweet tooth, but that will be  satisfied  by going to the   Beehive   to get some Reese’s Cups. After working up a sweat during sock war, it feels great to  blob   into the nice cool lake. After free swim, a few friends and I go find  dry  firewood and start building the tepee  so we can cook  Crossover   S’mores . But we can’t hang around for too long because we get to go sing campfire songs with Singing   Sequoia. There is no better way to end the day than to sit the fire and watch the embers float into the starry sky.

We hope you enjoyed the Online Scavenger Hunt!  It won’t be long until you are living out the ideal day at camp!


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On-line Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Posted on April 10, 2012 by sarah

Here is the blog post you need to complete the on-line scavenger hunt we had in the Spring Bear Tracks you recently received. If you didn’t receive the Bear Tracks, you can still complete this challenge! Complete this scavenger hunt and be the first one to email the answers to rscamps@ridgecrestcamps.com and you could win $50 to the camp store. (Please put your name in the email along with the answers numbered to match the blanks!) To do the on-line scavenger hunt follow the clues below and answer each question. The links will take you to different websites to find the answer for each blank! Have fun!

My Ideal Day at Camp

The first thing I want to hear in the morning is the sound of the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­    Blank 1    ___Blank 2_and Marva’s voice ringing loudly over the speaker. All morning when I am at skills I think about ­     Blank 3  Blank 4     Blank 5 . That is just what I need to give me the energy I need for my favorite activity – sock war! The only problem is that I have a sweet tooth, but that will be  Blank 6  by going to the   Blank 7   to get some Reese’s Cups. After working up a sweat during sock war, it feels great to  Blank 8   into the nice cool lake. After free swim, a few friends and I go find  Blank 9  Blank 10 and start building the Blank 11  so we can cook  Blank 12   Blank 13 . But we can’t hang around for too long because we get to go sing campfire songs with Blank 14   Blank 15. There is no better way to end the day than to sit by the fire and watch the Blank 16 float into the starry sky.

 

  1. Blank 1 & 2– What is the first thing listed on the “Typical schedule” here: http://www.ridgecrestcamps.com/girls/program/day_at_camp.shtml?
  2. Blank 3 – What is the main kind of meat this carrier offers: meat carrier?
  3. Blank 4 – What is a word that means, “Having a soft or yielding texture”? (Hint: you can use Google to help you.)
  4. Blank 5 – What day is two days after Sunday?
  5. Blank 6 – Follow this link: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+17:15&version=NIV1984 to the New International Version of Psalm 17:15. What word in this passage could also mean “content”?
  6. Blank 7 – Go to this picture on the Camp Crestridge for Girls Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151220240870188&set=pu.96538800187&type=1&theater. What building is this a part of?
  7. Blank 8 – Watch the video on the Blog for January 30th  called,  “These are a few of my favorite things.” http://girlsblog.ridgecrestcamps.comcategory/girls/ The 2nd to last camper on the video says she likes two things “_______ and being in the cabin with friends.” What is the first thing she says she likes?
  8. Blank 9 – First word: opposite of wet: _____________;
  9. Blank 10 – Second word: What is this website giving you information about: information?

10. Blank 11 – According to this website, (dwelling places), what are Plains Indian’s dwelling places?

11. Blank 12 – This is a kind of car that is a mix between an SUV and a standard car. An example is a Buick enclave.

12. Blank 13 – One of the fireside “desserts” we eat at camp: fireside dessert

13. Blank 14 – 1st word: what are the girls doing in this video: Crestridge Video Blog ?

14. Blank 15 – What is the name of a Native American Leader (wikipedia ) and also the name of a kind of tree (wikipedia)

15. Blank 16 – What is something that is in a fire? online dictionary

Don’t forget to e-mail your answers to rscamps@ridgecrestcamps.com!  First person to send us the correct answers will win $50 to our camp store!


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Restore

Posted on April 10, 2012 by Melissa

Picture this. Your best friend falls into some sin that is damaging to him and painful to you. What do you do?

You could write him off. If he has no more concern for you than this, then you just won’t bother with him any more.

Or, you could get angry and let him know it. Tell him you are not going to let him get away with this. Or, you could ignore it. You would rather have the friendship than a nasty disagreement over this sin.

Read Galatians 6:1-5. Really think about verse 1.

Look back at the three possible reactions to your friend, above. What is wrong with each of them?

What do you think it means to “restore” a person who has sinned? How do you do that?

What does it really mean to have a “gentle spirit” when you deal with someone who has failed spiritually?

Do you have a gentle spirit? Why or why not?

How does a person develop a gentle spirit? Explain.

In what ways could you fall into sin when you are trying to help a friend who has a sin problem?

We are all going to fail at times. When your friends sin, they need to know that they’re loved and forgiven. They need the chance to make things right. If you have a Christian friend right now who is caught in a sin, pray that God will give you the right words to say to restore him or her.


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Crestridge Beehive Construction Update

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Caroline

Things are moving along very quickly here! The construction workers have almost completed their work before the final inspection for the Beehive. There are just a few last things they have to finish up. Since the last update, they have put on a lot of the finishing touches like door handles, lighting, toilets, sinks, and the rest of the trim. It looks fantastic!

They have put in wood floors and lighting in the clothing store and the museum and they look so nice!

They put in tile floor in the food area of the store, and looks great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also put tile floor in the bathrooms, as well as toilets, sinks, and door handles on all of the doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workers have also been working on the gym – the inside has been repainted and looks so nice, especially with those new windows! Pretty soon, the outside will be painted as well!

 

 

 

 

 

The latest project has been the riflery range, which has been going up quickly.  This is up on Cherokee hill, beyond Cherokee 22.  It is a much bigger platform than our old one, and will be nice to have more space up there.

We can’t wait for everyone to see these awesome improvements to camp in person! The time will be here before we know it!


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Belle 1A 2011

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Caroline

Each year it is great to see girls striving to know their Savior more and more.  Belle is one way in which we challenge the girls a little more in their walk with Christ.  The girls tapped out during 1A 2011 were: Harper Dewine, Ruthie Wofford, Anniston Liscomb, Katie Dillard, Amy Davis, Molly Smith, Ragan Jones, Kate Causey, Sydney Pashley, Haylee Shirley, and Hannah Miller.  Kate, Sydney, Haylee, and Hannah all achieved the rank of Belle this session.


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Holy Spirit Fruit

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Melissa

What does an apple tree produce? Apples. That’s why we call it an apple tree. Will an apple tree ever suddenly begin to grow coconuts? Of course not. That’s just not its nature.

People are born with a sin nature. However, unlike the apple tree, people can actually change their nature. When we experience the transforming love of Christ, repent of our sinfulness, and trust Jesus for salvation, we’re actually given a new nature. And, because of that, we produce a different kind of fruit.

Read Galatians 5:22-26. Pay special attention to verses 22-23.

Based on these verses, how do you recognize a person whose life is controlled by the Holy Spirit?

Does this passage mean that you should try as hard as you can to be loving, joyful, peaceful, and so forth? Why or why not?

What is the difference between trying hard to produce the fruit and living by the Holy Spirit so that He produces the fruit in you? Explain.

When you take an honest look at your life, what kind of fruit do you see? What would your parents say? Your best friends? Your cabin mates?

When does your life tend to produce the most Holy Spirit fruit?

When does your life tend to lack the fruit of the Spirit?

Some people are angry all the time. Other people are never happy. People can be impatient, unkind, faithless, and self-indulgent. None of that is what the Holy Spirit produces in our lives. When your life is controlled by the Holy Spirit, you will see His fruit ebbing out of you. It may start with a little joy. Soon you will find yourself growing in patience, goodness, and genuine love. The key is to live by the Spirit. The question is, are you?


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Never kid a kidder…

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Caroline

I love jokes.  Here’s one for you. What did the two seas say to each other? (Pause). Nothing – they just waved! The campers and staff from 2A have their on jokes to share….One more – this might be my favorite. What do you call the cheese that isn’t yours? You have to watch the video to find out! (Even if you already know the joke, it’s still funny!)


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