Hey y'all!!! This post may be a little lengthy but so much happened that I can't help but share :D
So recently, I just got back from Georgia where I attended work week for SharpTop Cove, which is one of many Young Life camps across the nation. Prior to leaving for this trip, I was actually kinda nervous. I don't know whether it was because our group was driving across 5 states to get there (I get SUPER car sick) or the fact that I just didn't know what to expect from this camp or the people I was going with. Maybe it was a little a bit of everything. 18 hours later, we finally made it to SharpTop and y'all.... it was SO worth it. (I'll attach pictures below!!)
Some of y'all might be wondering what the heck does work week consists of?? So for every Young Life camp, no matter where its held, they have a couple different crews come in before kids actually come to camp to get everything ready for them. Our team was in charge of landscaping mostly. Some of us were in charge of mulch and the majority of us moved rocks. About 15,000 give or take. THOSE WHO KNOW, KNOW LOL. I will say, during those 4 days, that is the most I have ever sweated in my life AND I have never seen that many snakes either (I have a deathly fear of them) but still... It was worth it.
At first, I didn't really understand why we were doing this. I mean it's moving rocks, what kid is going to be evaluating our work? But by the end of the week, I realized the real reason why we were doing this. A man we met here told us that a couple years back, a boy he knew came to camp here. One night, this boy had gone into the bathroom, knelt down, and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. That is what this camp does, it makes kids fall in love with Jesus. Everything about it. As soon as you step foot on the property, you can feel His presence. It was already created beautifully, we were just there to enhance it a little.
Now we didn't just work all week, we got to have some fun. There was a rope swing, sand volleyball court, and a whole bunch of other fun activities on top of going to club every night. Club is basically singing a bunch of songs, playing games, being with all your friends, and then listening to a great message. After club we would have "cabin time" which was time to reflect with your friends about the message you heard for the night. That alone was probably my favorite part of the week.
Like I said before, I didn't know what I expecting coming into this trip, but what I came back with... My relationship with God grew IMMENSELY and that's really what I wanted out of this trip. I made so many new friendships that I know will stick. I gained a new perspective and even gained a little muscle moving those rocks ;) I would not have gained any of these things though if I didn't go out of my comfort zone. I went out of state (to somewhere I had never been before). I went with people for the most part, I didn't know. I didn't know what Young Life camp consisted of. I lifted the heaviest rocks I will never lift again LOL. Those are just to name a few. Get out of your comfort zone. I promise you, it will have you feeling refreshed, no matter what it may be. Talk to someone new, try new food (I also did that over the week), attempt a new workout, maybe even dig deeper in your relationship with God. You name it. The happiness I feel from this experience, I want everyone to feel that for themselves... The best part is you don't even have to travel far to feel it :)
Our project the first day = Picking up all the rocks, removing old sod & raking, then placing the rocks back in place
If you know me, you know I would never in my life pick up a snake (Even one this small)
Work Week 2018
My frandddsss Jaci & Sydney :)