Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hit the Road

My seventh and final week of camp this summer was one for the books!  There are 5 amazing and talented girls in North St. Johns County Young Life that are SO talented that they can almost never make it to camp or other Young Life events.  These 5 insane athletes are starting their senior year at Bartram Trail High School and spend pretty much all of their time preparing for just that.  So, Valerie, my roomy and bestie, decided to create a camp trip that they could all make it to.  Therefor, the creation of 6 days of insanity in a huge RV while covering 2300 miles of asphalt!

Pit Stop: Obviously had to roll through Tallahassee and grab some Gordos and a pic at the fountain!

Stop #1: New Orleans, LA

Stop #2: Chattanooga, TN

Stop #3: Dawsonville, GA

Stop #4: Savannah, GA

It was an amazing and fast 6 days.  I got to walk down Bourbon St., share a meal with some inspiring homeless people, clean up a garden, make some jewelry, see the tallest waterfall in the southeast, jump off a cliff at a place called Devil's Elbow, meet so many great new friends, and enjoy 6 of the coolest people I know!

Battle of the State Line

Second Young Life camp stop of the summer and week number 6 of travel!  If there is one thing Young Life does with excellence it is camping.  The newest member of the Young Life camp family is Carolina Point, located near Brevard, NC and literally sits on the boarder between North and South Carolina... pretty rad! About 40 high school students and leaders from North St. Johns County Young Life had the privilege of being a part of Carolina Point's first summer of operation!  And it was definitely a week of firsts!

The Battle of the State Line was probably my favorite event of the week!  Picture hundreds of high school students from all over the US armed with plastic swords, war paint, and a lot of water balloons.  The state line between North and South Carolina cuts the club room in half and campers were told to go put on their state color. (NC-white, SC-black)  A king for each team was placed inside a circle on opposite sides of camp, the jails were opened, campers were armed, and war ensued.  I am proud to tell you that we, North Carolina, took home the win!

As far as Young Life camp goes... they have got the shock and awe thing down.  The epic zip line course at Carolina Point was no different!

It was an amazing week of firsts but the experiences, vulnerable moments, sweet conversations, and uncontrollable laughs can not be beat.  So thankful for all of the girls that I got to spend this week with and that I get to call each of them a friend!