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One of our congregation’s youth members spent some time at Camp Aldersgate this summer. His name is Matthew Sella. After a very poised and animated presentation of the following speech and camp song, he gave me permission to post it here as well.
I hope those of you who missed it will enjoy it and those who were able to hear it can appreciate it anew. Enjoy…
I had the privilege to attend Camp Aldersgate this summer. I would like to take a moment to tell you about my extreme adventure. As a matter of fact, that was what the program was called — Extreme Experience. The 7 day program was mixed with exciting activities that helped grow my confidence, enthusiasm, appreciation of nature and faith.
The entire week was full of so many actvities. One of my favorite activities was going funyaking. Now most of you know I like to talk… so when I heard we were going to funyak, I knew I was going to do really well at this activity. I arrived at the pond to find that we were going boating in small kayaks. We paddled around and had conversations with each other about all sorts of things and learned about each other. We saw a few huge turtles and heard a story from our counselor about a fish that is 2.5 feet long. It was the hottest week of the summer so we had more opportunities to swim in the pool to cool down. We worked together every day, performing chores that helped keep the camp running and teach us how to work together to accomplish our tasks and embrace the differences that each of us bring to God’s world.
Every day, we gathered to have discovery time when we spent time devoted to discovering God. On our first day, we learned the wonder of God and the Creation of the world. We used our 5 senses to discover all about the nature around us and we read Psalm 8. The second day, we learned all about when Christ cured ten men of leprosy and why we should recognize and appreciate all the miracles from God. The next day was all about hospitality and how, like in Luke 24:13-35, being hospitable leads you to discovering Jesus. Day 4 brought us to how generousity defines who we are as God’s giving people. Our last day was about the importance of worship and how worship makes God real every day. We ended with a Friday night dance party that lasted until 1:00 AM and sleeping under the stars, giving us a greater perspective of God’s universe. We are blessed.
Throughout the entire week, we sang a lot of songs of which a song called Hippopotamus is one that I know you would like.
I will sing a verse and you can repeat after me. Stand up!
God made the forest filled with trees…(repeat)
God made the mountains up so high…(repeat)
And the very top God placed the sky…(repeat)
His fingertips are everywhere…(repeat)
Just to show how much God cares…(repeat)
And in between he had lots of fun…(repeat)
He made a hippo that weighs a TON…(repeat)
Hip hip hip o poto mus…(repeat)
Hip hip hip god made all us…(repeat)
Hip hip hip o poto mus…(repeat)
Hip hip hip God made all us