Riverside Father/Child Campout Sparks Closeness

The children of the Riverside Church in Camas/Washougal went camping with their fathers at Government Mineral Springs Campground outside of Carson, Wash., Sept. 26–28. The men cooked the meals—vegetables in aluminum foil pockets, hot dogs, haystacks and other favorites.

Children were able to spend quality time with fathers, sing songs and discuss the five love languages (by Gary Chapman): quality time, touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, and gifts. Over the weekend participants looked for examples of each love language.

The group went on a hike on Sabbath afternoon up to a steep peak with a beautiful view.

On Sunday some of the mothers and grandmothers joined the group for brunch. Participants say there was a lot of learning that weekend and some are still observing and talking about the five love languages at home and at school.

December 01, 2008 / Oregon Conference