Reflections On The First Week of Camp

Soaring Over Seven Summer Camp

Access Ministry successfully completed its first week of Soaring Over Seven (SOS) summer camp last Friday. The camp is designed specifically for campers with disAbilities and their siblings. This week, campers experienced Bible lessons, carnival activities, computer lab, art activities, and the opportunity to work with therapy dogs. Off-site field trips included pool time, Putt-Putt golf, a visit to a working farm, water park, fully-accessible playground, and Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was a week of learning, growing, and being stretched for all of our young staffers, many of which had never before worked with children with disabilities.

Each week, we ask staffers to share their “ahha” moments for the week. What was the most poignant, biggest surprise, or the most memorable thing learned. Following are some of those reflections:

  • “I saw God’s grace in the face of the camper I was working with.”
  • “In my weakness, God’s strength was shown.”
  • “If I take the time to listen, my camper will express his desires.”
  • “I learned this week to talk to my camper, not talk at her, and she has an opinion.”
  • “Children need to be given choices, and to exercise a vote when possible.”
  • “To see my camper smile”
  • “Watching my camper make friends and socialize with others”
  • “My camper needs what every other child needs.”
  • “I can communicate without words.”
  • “To be loved, valued, accepted for who they are and a place to be safe and welcomed.”

The young SOS staffers are being molded and shaped as servant leaders this summer, as they reach out and care for a group of people that are often treated like second-class citizens or invisible in society. Here, they are celebrated and cherished as God’s perfect creations made in His image.

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