Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Morning Praise

Every day at Summer Camp is unique. With three different age groups heading off to different trips and participating in different activities it's hard to lock down a specific schedule that works for each day. However one thing we always do is morning praise.

As the children are dropped off, they are allowed to play outside with each other. Usually a game of 4-Square gets going, along with some shots on the basketball hoop and some tag. At nine o'clock, we line the children up for morning praise. First we pray for a good day. Different staff members and/or campers lead the prayer each day.  Then we sing. The songs all involve specific motions which keeps the attention of the younger children. It usually takes about a week before every camper is comfortable with the songs, but by the end of camp they are all singing loudly. This is also preparation for the end of camp Talent Show where they will all sing for their parents.

Morning Praise focuses the children and provides a definitive starting point for the day. It gives us a gathering time to appreciate the blessings in our lives as well as ask for the things we need to make Summer Camp great. It also gives us the chance to make announcements and let the children know what is going on for their day. It's a great way to start the day.


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