SMILE: You’re Doing a Work Camp With Middle School Students.

Today is Day 1 of Camp S*MILE our Work Camp for middle school students.  It’s going to be in the low 90’s feel like it’ll be in the high 90’s.  What do you get when you have 80+ middle school students doing manual labor in 90 degree heat…one stinky bus ride home.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the time I get to spend with students, what I don’t like is the time that goes into organizing and planning.  I’m just not a planner, even calling the pizza place that will supply lunch on Wednesday seems like toil.  Fortunately, I have a couple of other great youth ministers co-leading this camp with me so it doesn’t fall all on my shoulders.
Today we are going to be working on the campus of the Samaritan Women, a Christian facility designed to help women make a positive transition in life.  Granted the students won’t be working with the clients directly but they’ll be serving them by beautifying the campus.  This week I’m going to share with all of you insights I’ve learned from doing a middle school work camp, I hope that you come back to join me.