Thursday, January 9, 2014

December/January--Cold Days Make For Great Campaigner Weekends Away!

Although the winter temperatures are bitter cold, the smiles and stories from Rockbridge warm the heart.  Dozens of teens from Floyd who attended Fall Weekend in mid-November experienced intense fun, new friendships, and eye-opening talks about the character of Jesus. The great news is that all the camping adventures can be had again this summer at Rockbridge, June 3-8, 2014. That’s one way to get warm... think about sunny Rockbridge in June where kids from Floyd and areas all over Virginia will be having the best week of their lives! Deposits can be made starting in February to confirm a spot, so plan camps and vacation around Young Life Camp! 
Speaking of scheduling, winter is a break from Club for leaders and staff to focus on Campaigner opportunities and there are MANY coming up (see dates below)!  Club will resume in mid-late February, but campaigner meetings resume this month. A campaigner dinner this Sunday (the 12th) 5-7 pm will be at the Grim House at 1419 Old Furnace Rd. Floyd, Va 24091 to discuss new semester plans and best times to hold Campaigners this spring--so please stay posted about set timing for Campaigners after that dinner Sunday. 

Growing & Exciting Opportunities for Campaigners to Serve:
 We encourage Campaigners to attend one (or all!) of the following opportunities to serve, lead, grow in their personal faith, and enjoy fellowship. “Work Crew” is designed especially for high school students, however, traditionally “Prayer Overnight” and “Committee Leader Weekend” have only been attended by leaders. We will extend the invitation this year to Campaigners who are excited & ready to grow through these opportunities to sit through seminars and talks with leaders & staff. Unlike campaigner meetings and club in which every kid is welcomed at the drop of a hat, we would need to know in advance if your child in interested in attending any of the below weekends. 
Opportunities in the upcoming weeks include:
  • Work Crew Weekend January 17-19 at Rockbridge Alum Springs Camp: Students get to serve campers from other areas alongside their leaders and camp staff to get meals on the table, grounds cleaned, etc, etc. It’s hard but rewarding work to serve the needs of campers attending that weekend. Many teens say Work Crew is even more fun that attending Rockbridge as a camper because they are able to help others. We would leave Floyd late Friday evening the 17th and return Sunday afternoon around 1 pm. The cost is $15 with all meals included. If your child would like to participate, we need to know by this Monday, Jan 13th. Teens needs to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, Bible, journal, and warm clothes.  
  • Prayer Overnight January 31-February 2nd: Leaders, Staff, & Student Leaders will attend a retreat at Rockbridge joined by leaders & staff all over the state of Virginia for a time of directed prayer for the mission of Young Life and for schools across Virginia. Prayer Overnight is very meaningful and focused on prayer. Similar to the above, we leave later Friday and return by 3 pm on Sunday the 2nd. The cost is $45 to attend, and the packing list is the same as above.  
  • Leader Committee Weekend (LCW) February 28-March 2nd. This weekend is in Richmond and will host every leader and Young Life committee person in the state of Virginia for encouraging talks, informative seminars on leadership, and opportunities to serve in downtown Richmond. We leave Floyd by 3 pm Friday the 28th and return at 6 pm on Sunday. Parents can find out more information directly about LCW, but we encourageonly sophomores, juniors, and seniors to pursue this opportunity.