Last night was our junior high summer camp leader training meeting. This is my fifth year going to camp with our junior high ministry, so I was asked to share a couple of tips that I’ve learned from my past years at camp. Here were the two things I shared with the group:
- This first one is mostly for 7th grade guy groups. When you’re out shopping at Target or Walmart for cabin decorations, team color wear, etc., pick up a travel-sized deodorant for 99 cents. There will be at least one guy in your cabin that has terrible B.O. and has no idea how bad he smells. Now you have deodorant to give him.
- At some point during the week, one of your students will have something that comes up, either from the speaker during chapel or during cabin time. This may be something they want to talk about, but they don’t really know how to start the conversation. Come up with a phrase (last year we were talking about Gideon, so the phrase was, “Have you seen Gideon?”) that a student can use to tell the leader, “I have something I want to talk about, but I’m not sure how to start the conversation.” At that point, the ball is in the leader’s court to pick up and set up a time to talk.