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Posted on Jun 30, 2020

STEM Challenges

Join Miss Michelle for some exciting STEM challenges that you can try at home using simple materials. Learn how to create scented glitter slime, tinfoil boats that float and hold cargo and bubbling lava lamps!

Virtual Jumpbunch Bowling & Putting Edition

Virtual JumpBunch class to teach your preschoolers basic bowling and putting skills using items right from your own home. Click the link below to view the class!

Petra Puppets Presents PETRAfied Theatre!

Steve Petra is a full-time professional ventriloquist and puppeteer performing his own scripts, songs, and music. He specializes in curriculum-based assembly programs for elementary schools, and preforms shows that combine educational content with puppetry, illusions, props, sound effects, music, and humor to keep students engaged.

DIY Puppet Theater

Create your very own puppet theater and puppets using items you already have around your house. It can be used over and over again for telling different stories!

NASA STEM Engagement

For at home resources and activities that families can do together, please click the link below and let NASA bring the universe into your home!

Long Island Explorium Maker Spotlight

Every Saturday, the Long Island Explorium will bring a maker, a scientist, or an artist to share their creations, or to propose an activity for people to make at home. Activities are free to attend through Zoom.

Long Island Explorium Little Sparks Online

For the little ones in the house, the Long Island Explorium is sharing videos of their Little Sparks, a preschool exploration program to inspire the next generation of problem solvers, challenge based and aligned with NYSS/ELA/Math standards.

Recommendations from the North Shore Public Library as of June 2020

 

Rejoice

Posted on Jun 30, 2020

“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

I bet many of you sang that line when you read it from the famous Hymn. What does it mean to rejoice always in the Lord? To me, when I think of the word rejoice I usually think of being extremely happy to the point of excitement, when something good is going on.

In Greek, the word translated to rejoice is χαίρω, charió, (Khah’-ee-ro) which literally means to be “favorably disposed to God’s grace” (HELPS Word-studies). It is very similar to the words translated to “grace” and “joy.”

This puts a whole new meaning on the word rejoice. It’s not just “showing great joy or delight” (dictionary definition) in something but to experience God’s grace. Paul writes this line while he is in a Roman prison. It feels like there was not much to rejoice in there but he was still experiencing God’s grace in that place and was reminding readers to do the same. No matter the situation we should always show great joy or delight in the grace given to us through Christ.

-By Andrew, Program Coordinator

Faithfulness

Posted on Jun 22, 2020

The day I am writing this post (June 22) was supposed to be the day that we would be picking up the counselors who were flying in from other countries and start our training.  Instead, I am alone on campus doing some cleaning and weeding. This is not what I expected to happen this summer at all, but I am sure we are all in the same boat due to COVID-19.  Even in times of uncertainty, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness through any situation.

The Israelites were promised the land of Canaan and God remained faithful to that promise, even though it took a long time for it to happen.  I don’t think Israelites expected themselves to be slaves in Egypt for many years (Exodus 1) and have an exile (Moses) come and ask for them to be free (Exodus 7). 

It took 10 plagues (Exodus 7-12), the parting of the red sea (Exodus 14), hunger and manna from heaven (Ex 16), thirst and water from a rock (Exodus 17), problems with leadership (Exodus 18), the 10 commandments (Exodus 20), worshiping a golden image that wasn’t God (Exodus 32), wandering 40 years because of disobedience (Numbers), crossing of the Jordan river (Joshua 3-4). But they finally make it into the land with the distraction of Jericho (Joshua 5-6).

God was faithful through the whole process, even when the Israelites disobeyed, complained, or followed unwillingly.

“Your (God’s) faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.” (Psalms 119:90).

Even when we wonder what God is doing, we can be certain He is faithful in His promises.  I hold onto hope that one day we will be able to share the Gospel on campus again (crossing fingers September) at Camp DeWolfe!

-By Andrew, Program Coordinator 

 

Love

Posted on Jun 17, 2020

As humans one of the hardest things to do is love other people.  It may be easy to love someone who is like us or who is close to us, like a family member.   It becomes much harder to love someone who is not like us or a person we disagree with or hate.

Jesus made many countercultural statements we should be treating other people.

Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 22: 36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

As Christians we are called to be different, we should not act out of hate or revenge but love those around us.  That includes everyone, even your enemies.  This does not mean being a push over or doing whatever those who frustrate you want because you are “loving” them.  If you can’t be around them, pray for them!  Pray that God will change their heart and that you will be able to understand each other.  Treat others they way you want to be treated.  If you wouldn’t want what you are doing to someone done to you, don’t do it!

In theory this all sound easy and great but it is something that is really difficult to do.  How can we do these things?  By following the greatest commandment.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  This will cause our heart to change to be more like Christ and therefore act more like Christ.

Let’s let the world know we are Christs disciples through loving one another!

-By Andrew, Program Coordinator

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Summer Camp Activities at Home

Posted on Jun 11, 2020

Here are some fun activities to try with your family members this summer! This post is updated each week. If you have any suggestions for things to do at home, please email office@campdewolfe.org and we will share them too:

Mallow Blow: Items needed: Bags of large marshmallows, bowls and an equal-ish sized receptacle for each player. Each player stands at a “start line” and is given a bowl of large-sized marshmallows that are placed on the floor.  About six feet away from the where they are standing is the receptacle also on the floor. At go, players have to bend down and grab a marshmallow with their mouth, stand up, and then attempt to blow the marshmallow into the bucket. Play for 60 seconds and players get one point for each mallow in their receptacle. Variations – Adjust size and or distance of receptacle to even out for age/ability difference in players; Add challenges to getting the marshmallows such as players have to stay on only one leg while getting mallows, players can’t touch the bowl or floor, etc. Adapted from  https://thesource4ym.com/mallow-blow/

Things: Taken from “The Game of Things” but make up your own questions. One person is “it” and will say a statement that will have a thing as the answer. Example: “Things you shouldn’t do while at work.” Everyone then writes on a piece of paper something that shouldn’t be done at work, such as sleep. The person who is “it” then collects all the answers and reads them out loud.  Then, go around the room letting each player guess a single matchup of a person and an answer.  If they are correct, that person gets a point and the person whose answer was guessed is out. Continue going around the room until one person is left.  That person gets three points. From  https://www.moneycrashers.com/family-game-night-ideas-board-games/

Yoga: Check out the Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on YouTube.  There are a whole bunch of kid friendly yoga sessions to try, as well as, guided meditation and mindfulness videos.  Yoga works to build strength and balance and Cosmic Kids Yoga incorporates some really fun themes. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Caterpillar Race: Contestants are wrapped tightly from shoulders to ankles in a bed sheet, with their arms tucked inside the sheet. Players race to the finish line by moving like a caterpillar. From: https://oureverydaylife.com/game-ideas-for-a-small-teen-church-group-12083279.html

Shut the Box: A game that can be played with just a pair of dice, pencil, and paper. See how to play here  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shut_the_Box

Quick Draw: Have two challengers face each other with their hands behind their back. On “Go!” they are to whip both hands out in front of them with a random amount of fingers sticking out. The first one to yell out the total number of fingers their opponent is sticking out, is the winner. Variations: The first person to call out the sum of both players fingers; The first person to call out “odd” or “even” for sum of both players fingers. From https://www.anglicanyouth.org.nz/resources/games/up-front-games/quick-draw

Clap: This game is a variation of the old faithful “Hot/Cold” game. One person is chosen to be “it” and asked to leave the room so they can’t hear or see what is going on in the room. Take about 1 minute and pick an action as a group for “it” to do when he/she returns. (A Jumping Jack, Pick Their Own Nose, etc). When “it” is given the signal to come back in the room he/she has to guess what he/she is supposed to do by walking around, touching things in the room or performing random actions. The group will clap louder and faster the closer “it” gets to completing the task. Remember there is no talking or other clues, but there will be a considerable amount of laughter, and you will be shocked at the detailed and complicated things you can get a person to do simply by clapping. From: https://thesource4ym.com/clap/

Caterpillar Race: Contestants are wrapped tightly from shoulders to ankles in a bed sheet, with their arms tucked inside the sheet. Players race to the finish line by moving like a caterpillar. From: https://oureverydaylife.com/game-ideas-for-a-small-teen-church-group-12083279.html

Straw Race: Items needed: One straw per person. To play each person puts one end of an ordinary drinking straw in their mouth. Their challenge is to try to get their mouth from one end of the straw to the other without using their hands… only mouth and tongues allowed. From: https://www.anglicanyouth.org.nz/resources/games/up-front-games/straw-race

Origami Boat Race: Items Needed: Blank paper, Straws (one per person), large tub of water, markers. Each person makes an origami boat – instructions can be found here: http://www.dltk-bible.com/crafts/mboat.htm After everyone has made their boat, they can name and decorate them. Players race their boats two at a time by using their straws to blow their boats from one side of the tub to the other. From https://www.greatgroupgames.com/origami-boat-race.htm

Rice Model Competition: Cook rice for about 40 minutes, until it’s really gluggy and sticky.  Then let it cool. Give each person a portion fo the rice to mold something.  You can have a free design (whatever they want) or give them a specific item (Eiffel tower or replica of a statue, etc.). Can be a solo challenge or team up family members. (challenge friends or extended family to do at their house and compare photos or over zoom. Adapted from https://youthgroupgames.com.au/games/rice-model-competition/

Household Hockey: This game is played just like floor hockey except using everyday household objects for equipment.  Divide into two teams.  Create two goals by using, large pots or just tape lines on the floor and have each team pick a goalie.  The goalie is equipped with a large spatula (their stick) and an oven mitt (their glove).  Each player is equipped with a wooden spoon.  The puck can be whatever you can find around the house/kitchen (balled up aluminum foil works great). From  https://thesource4ym.com/kitchen-hockey/

Picture This: Give everyone a paper plate and a marker or pen.  Have each person put their plate on their head.  Give them 60 seconds to write their name and draw one thing they are interested in or their favorite Bible story on the plate.  After 60 seconds, each player shares their picture, and everyone else tries to guess what the drawing is. From https://www.signupgenius.com/church/youth-group-games.cfm

Obstacle Course: Here is a game from Camp DeWolfe Friend Irene Ross (Thanks!): “Make your own obstacle course. Very often parents can find things in their own garage, such as tires or low benches to jump through and over. Things can be added like jump ropes or empty detergent bottles to use as weights, or you can add a relay race. If you want, you can make it a competition – whoever reaches the finish line first.” 

Discernment

Posted on Jun 8, 2020

There are lots thing out there vying for your attention; family, friends, media, internet. They all want you to act and think a certain way, but what is the “right way” to act? We have all heard the phrase WWJD, what would Jesus do, but with all these outside influences how can we figure that out?

I like Calhoun’s answer to this question “Biblical discernment involves more than good judgment, open doors, and decision-making skills. Right discernment arises out of a relationship with God in prayer. It is founded on the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us” (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook). It’s more than what we know or “feel” it’s abiding in Christ, so we become more like Him and understand what He knows is right.

Your relationship with Christ is like the one you have with your best friend. You spend time together and understand each other. You pick up their quirks, you know how they are going to respond in certain situations, you know the best ways to talk with them, and they will be there for you no matter what. Christ will always be the perfect friend back to use even if we are not being our best self.

Just as you become more like and understand you best friend, so you will with Christ. It’s all about spending time together; through prayer, reading the Word, going to church, listening to a sermon, or any other Spiritual Discipline. Through these practices we can as Paul wrote “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

-By Andrew, Program Coordinator 

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Love in Action

Posted on Jun 4, 2020

Do you have children or youth in your family? Are you a parent? Grandparent? Aunt? Uncle? Cousin? Godparent? Mentor? Friend? That’s probably many of us! Let’s continue to learn, educate and raise children who embrace diversity, and who oppose racism and injustice.

Here are some resources to help you start the conversation in your own family:

All Powerful

Posted on Jun 2, 2020

“Just because you’re reduced, it doesn’t mean His (God’s) power is.” I heard this over the weekend and it got me thinking about how many times I limit God to my situation. I put God in a box and say you can’t help me out in this situation, because it is physically impossible. Well good thing that God is not limited on what my perception of reality is. He is all powerful! God is not limited by money, people, resources, and time to complete His plan.

Look at the story of Gideon (Judges 6-7). We first see the hero of the story hiding in a basement threshing (separating the grain from the stalk of wheat) with the wrong equipment. He is also from the least important clan of Israel and is the least important in his family. He is literally a nobody.

An Angel appears and says “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Gideon is shocked, as anyone probably would be, and asks for a few signs of proof that God is with Him. After that is all sorted out, he gathers an army of 32,000 to fight against Midian. God says that is too many so give them the option, if they are scared they can leave. So now it is down to 10,000. There is another reduction depending on how they drank water so Gideon has 300 left. With 300 men with jars, torches, and trumpets God was able to defeat the whole army of the Midianites.

I think Paul explains it well. “Now to him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). If we have the Holy Spirit in us, God is already working and can do exceedingly more than we could ever dream. God is not limited by what we think is possible, He is all powerful.

-By Andrew, Program Coordinator

 

Forgiveness

Posted on May 28, 2020

Being around those we live with for so long is hard. There will always be fun enjoyable times and then the difficult ones. The key is how we handle those difficult times, everyone knows how to have fun but can you still find joy and peace when you are angry?

We can see two different ways to deal with “annoying” family members in the story of Joseph. The story starts off with Joseph receiving (what I like to call) a Gucci coat from his father. On top of that, he has dreams where he thinks his parents and brothers will all bow down to him. Now that’s probably something you don’t want to be telling your 10 older brothers, but Joseph does anyway. Instead of working out the situation, they get really angry and beat their brother up and sell him as a slave to another country (Genesis 37).

Fast forward many years, there is now a famine where Joseph is from and his brothers are off to Egypt to buy food. At this point, Joseph has had some ups and downs as a slave, but is now the 2nd in command in the land of Egypt (Genesis 38-41). Joseph’s brothers now stand before him asking him for food and he has a choice; he could make them slaves in a foreign country just as they did to him or forgive them and welcome them with open arms. He chose the latter, and was able to provide food to his whole family through the famine (Genesis 42-45)

What will you choose today? Will you be angry and frustrated with those around you? Or will you choose forgiveness and find peace?

Ephesians 4:31-32: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

-By Andrew, Program Coordinator 

 

Refuge

Posted on May 18, 2020

I was on the beach at the sound the other day and came across what I assume was a fortress (first picture).  I’m sure whoever created it had an exciting story how the fortress was keeping the people safe from an invading army.  It got me thinking about how God is our fortress, our refuge.  He keeps us safe from that oncoming army trying to invade.

I checked the trusty internet and refuge is used over 40 times in the Psalms (depending on the translation).  I am not surprised seeing that David spent much of his time fighting battles or running from different people in his kingdom. 

The word refuge is usually followed by a protection word such as: rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, shield.  God not only shelters us and keeps us safe, but He is our defense against the things that oppress us.  Your probably thinking wow that’s awesome I want to be in that fortress!  Well you can!  You just have to abide in Christ.

A lot of times I find myself wanting to do it my own way.  I choose to live in the fortress in the first picture, it definitely will not protect me from anything, but I still think I can do it alone. 

Instead, I should choose God’s fortress (second picture).  If I abide in Him: follow His teachings, read the Word, and spend time with Him; I can be in that fortress and do not have to defend myself alone.  

Psalm 91:

(1-2) “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”.”

(14-15) ““Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”

By Andrew, Program Coordinator