20 results for tag: children


How Outdoor Activities Positively Affect Kids

Written by Will Zinke   Hi! My name is Will Zinke, from Camp Gilead, and I was asked to do a blog on the importance of outdoor activities for children and being outside.  Well, let’s see, where should I start?  Camp ministry is all about getting kids outside! After a year of shutdowns and quarantines when kids binged on TV and video games, turning them into couch potatoes [ugh!], we can offer them real adventure!  We were meant to be outdoors in God’s creation, with the wind in our hair and sun on our faces! Being outside is beneficial for kids to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually,  As you probably already know, we NEED ...

Getting Away from the Noise

Written by Nathaniel Miller Campers are constantly bombarded by all the things the world offers. Think of a camper’s average day as a fair or carnival. Everywhere they look something is vying for their attention, time, energy, money, and resources. This picture is not an argument against fairs; I greatly missed the North Carolina State Fair this past year.  But when there are so many voices, music, and venues filling the space, it all comes across as noise.  As fun as fairs can be, it would be quite unhealthy to spend every day at one.  In some ways, this picture is what campers’ lives are like in the digital age. Most have access to a ...

15 Things to do in Your Backyard

By Elizabeth Price As a stay at home mom of three, this pandemic has not really impacted our day-to-day life too much. And my kids are 4 years, 2 years, and 3 months old, so they don’t have any idea of what’s going on. Thankfully, the weather is warming up, so we can at least spend a lot of our time outside in this time of isolation. We don’t have a lot of space in our backyard, but we utilize the space we have and we always have fun. Here are some things we do and maybe you can too!        1. Have a picnic It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, if the sun is shining and it’s relatively warm outside, you will find me ...

Establishing Healthy Rhythms in the Midst of Chaos

By Brittany Burton   Regardless of whether your kids go to public or private school or if you've always homeschooled, all of us are entering a season that is unprecedented due to COVID-19.  Most likely you have been bombarded by lists of resources, digital learning platforms, Instagram live sessions, etc. that you can fill your time with while your children are home from school.  I’m so glad that many online companies are offering their services free of charge.  Being the homebody that I am, I could easily sit and take course after course, catch up on some podcasts, watch musicians play free gigs, and listen to authors read their ...

BibleProject: Ancient Teaching Meets Modern Visuals

By Nathaniel Miller   Almost 3 years ago, I was reading a website I frequent called The Rabbit Room.  I am already thinking I should write something about this incredible community, but I digress.  On this particular visit, I came across an article by Heidi Johnston that briefly highlighted BibleProject, an animation studio in Portland, Oregon (https://rabbitroom.com/2017/05/the-bible-project/).  Having never heard of them, I decided to watch some of their videos.  I was blown away at both the level of biblical teaching and the beautiful artistry of these short 5-8 minute videos.  The conversational style of Tim Mackie and Jon ...