1. Rest Hour is mandatory
2. Everyone is part of a group (cabin) and they have at least two mentors (counselors) looking out for them
3. Trying something new is celebrated regardless of the outcome
4. You have time to practice your passions every day
5. Pop stop
6. No one wears khakis unless they really, really want to
7. All meals are eaten around a table with friends
8. Technology doesn't distract from face to face interactions
9. Kindness is expected
10. You care more about improving your character than your accomplishments
What would you add to the list?
Our usual Wednesday Fiesta was a bit smaller today so Hope and I had an adventure to use up some of my Christmas gift cards from students. We shared nachos at Detour and left a friendship bracelet for the waitress. Our Top 10 List of things we want to learn how to do was more difficult than we expected.
Top 10 Things I Want To Learn
1. Fly a powered paraglider (looks like a flying go cart)
2. Curl my hair really fast
3. Ride a unicycle
4. Play guitar
5. Whistle with two fingers
6. How to start Choctaw Orphanage
7. Break dancing
8. Play piano
9. Make a vanilla latte with an espresso machine
10. How to fly
Wyld Life Campaigners was back in full swing at Mama Bear's tonight. Somehow Wyld Life has already had two events this semester while YL has yet to meet. Our adult and HS leaders showed up for leadership first and then dozens of kids spilled into the space.
I love seeing our HS leaders hang out with, lead and get to know these Junior High kids. I don't know if they all realize the impact they're making and how it's shaping them too. Now we're also creating a culture where these 7th and 8th graders want to grow up to be HS leaders too. Crazy that in just a few years it could be Cameron, Sarah, Ayden and Grace showing up early for leadership.
When these girls walk into Wyld Life I get so excited because these are my kind of people. I'm lucky enough to see almost all of them every day at school, hang out with them at FBC and Friday bible study and be with them at Wyld Life stuff. I keep getting to know girls like Elise, Meric, Maggie and Audrey better and hope that these friendships will continue for years.
Tonight we talked about Matthew 6:25-34, a passage about worry and having faith in God's control. Some of our favorite verses were, "Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" "Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Instead of worrying about school, our families, being the best on our teams or the future, we want to figure out what we're in control of and what we need to hand over to God.
I also love that these Junior High kids are such little nuggets. Syd is like a little bug (in the nicest way possible) and Emily has such a sweet soul. I wish they could be Tecumseh kids too.
10 Things I Love About CILTs
1. the bond between 48 people after 2 weeks together
2. the Party Room
4. DC Shadow Day
5. the whole stayover weekend
6. deep, genuine talks in devotions
7. CILTs lasts long after CILTs
8. cheers and graduation songs
9. living in the Longhouse with 5 other counselors and 30 kids
10. CILT Jar shenanigans