Heleen Erasmus
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What an amazing Winter Adventure weekend on the pristine shores of icy Sylvan Lake!  

Friday evening the parking lot at Westminster was filled with 30 energetic and overly excited kids, and 17 volunteers.  On arrival at camp it was time for snack and cabin assignments.

Saturday was an early start packed with activities -

Duct Tape Sandals

Who knew that you could make your own sandals with duct tape?  Cardboard and duct tape were transformed into funky strap sandals.  It was a sticky situation for some but in the end it all worked out.

Finding Fluffy

Groups were transformed into Avalanche Search and Rescue officials. Armed with transponders they had to find and rescue a snow covered "Fluffy the Bear".  

Fire Building

Campers had to pack their own fire and get it going.  This lesson about what was needed to start and keep a fire going was carried through with our devotional around the bonfire that evening. Campers talked about how to ignite and keep the fire burning for God.

Animal Game

This big group activity with kids divided into Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores caused great excitement and had everyone running for survival.

Too soon Sunday morning arrived with tired kids and tired volunteers.  After a delicious breakfast it was time for Sunday devotional -

Psalm 9:1 says "I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds." 

David encountered a lot of good and bad times and no matter how difficult his situation was he always turned back to the goodness of God. All through the Psalms we see his outpouring of gratitude to God.

We all learned that "Gratitude is an attitude that comes out of the habit of giving thanks".

We left camp tired but thankful for the volunteers, cooks, delicious food and new friendships that were formed.