Adventurers Enjoy Family Camp Experience

June 18, 2016 | Kathy Knuth

The Idaho Conference Adventurer program had its first Adventurer Family Camp Experience April 15–17. Seventy-five parents, staff and Adventurers camped for the whole weekend, while 30 more joined them during the daytime.

As some of the tents were going up, Alex Shelly, a first-grader, was heard to say, “Mom, we got the tent up.” He was so proud as he stood in the doorway with his arms outstretched and a big smile on his face.

Georgia Russell and Cliff Martell led the event's song service and storytime. Since the Pathfinder Bible book this year is Exodus, the stories were from the time when baby Moses was born to the Hebrews leaving Egypt. Martell made chalk pictures while Russell told the Bible stories. “I like the activities, campfire, games, especially the stories Mrs. Georgia told where God called her," Jaimi Roblero told her Adventurer director. "I learned that we must obey God when He calls us.”

The Adventurers worked on three new North American Division awards. For Bible Royalty, they did a Bible memory-verse scavenger hunt, created skits about good kings and queens in the Bible, and made crowns.

For the Sabbath Delight award, the group enjoyed a haystack potluck together and did Sabbath crafts. “I like the camp because I could see my friends from other churches," Esmeralda Robles shared during the campout. "I like the stories, camp fire, crafts with my dad, camping with my family. I like the story of Moses and the pictures Mr. Martell drew.”

Two in-training service dogs visited as the Adventurers worked on the Dog award. Daniel Knuth and Bryan Bausman brought the dogs and showed what the dogs had learned so far. Bausman's two sons, Tallen and Paxton, were excited about coming for the afternoon. “I liked the Bible verses about dogs and the talk about how dogs help people," says Tallen. "I liked making the dog puppets. Best of all, I made two new friends.”

During Sunday morning's final storytelling, Martell brought his snakehead walking stick to show how we all, like the Israelites, need to look to Jesus to be saved.