The grandchildren came to our house for our ninth cousins camp.
Success meant everyone got fed something, no one got hurt too bad, and parents weren’t called in a panic. Also, it means that Grandma survived the three days. This cousins’ camp surpassed my expectations. Thanks for praying for my sanity and the children’s responses. Seven of our twelve grandchildren came, the others off to college or jobs or couldn’t attend.
With more activities planned than we could possibly do, I was prepared. I printed out a flexible schedule and posted it on the fridge. Treas came by and helped me decorate. Sixteen dozen cookies were baked. The snack box filled. Beds made for each child, including blow up beds, and a book on each pillow.
I tried to keep the kids busy while also allowing free time. They decorated capes and masks, went swimming, watched Charlie Brown and Bibleman films, and had an awesome Tae Kwan Do lesson from their black belt cousin – one of the Super Cousins we have around here. There were a lot of bumps and bruises, cries and questions, along with laughter and giggles.
My goals were 1) to let the children spend time together 2) make memories with their grandparents and 3) teach them something about our values.
This cousins camp theme stressed me out. We’ve had some great cousins camps in the past, like a 50s theme, an art theme, a circus theme, cowboy theme, mystery, and we even made a short movie one year. This year, I had to come up with something fun, and the Superhero theme worked great. You can find more information about activities on my pinterest page.
I guess the sub-theme would be God’s Super Kids. We studied super kids in the Bible. The grand-kids loved acting out the skits I wrote and making puppet shows, and Bill preached a great, short Sunday morning sermon.
My favorite moment was when I told my nine-year old grandson goodnight. He asked me, “Do you really think I can grow up to be a great warrior of God?” My heart filled with warmth. “Absolutely,” I told him. “I am positive you can.”
Of course, one of our main Bible verses was, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. But we also read, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened. Do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you.” Joshua 1:9
I love my grand kids. They are Grandma’s superheros. And hopefully, they’ll store up some of these treasures in their hearts. Thank you for praying. Your prayers were answered.
I can’t say how superhero Captain America found out about our super kid cousins camp, but amazingly, he showed up too.