My wife Amy and I, the youth rally leaders, along with guidance of Norm Thombs, Mechuwana’s Camp Director, were determined to make this event a fun and special one for all to remember.
In an effort to keep all activities on schedule, the group then made the surprise trip down to southern Maine where they all participated in team-building activities at the Brunswick Escape Room, followed by ice cream and a special visit to L.L. Bean down in Freeport.
After the kids got a chance to rest following a long and busy day, the group gathered and made their way down to Grove, not knowing what was waiting for them.
After the conclusion of the worship service, our seniors, all of whom had their own individual candles lit during the service, led the rest of the group down the camp road where they used their combined flames to ignite our evening campfire in the Lodge. At this time, our adult leaders partook in the annual tradition of recognizing our graduating seniors. In the time, many shared personal testaments and stories, and presented each senior their own special UMC pin. This time is most sacred as it presents youth the opportunity to openly share about their experiences at camp and exemplify the value of their connections and the relationships they share with each other.
Mechuwana wants to say a special thanks to all of the adults who helped put on this event, many of whom have grown up through this program. The work they do makes such an incredible impact on the lives of our young people. We are all thankful and empowered by you all. As Norm said it best to close the weekend, “It is now time for you all to go out and continue be the leaders we know and need you to be in this world.”
To learn more about our Mechuwana Youth Rally program visit: www.mechuwana.org/youth-events.html
Being a part of this program has been one of the best things in my high school career. I have become a better leader from learning essential skills through Youth Council. I am also more organized and better at planning, which are skills that will help me all throughout my life. Camp means a lot to me personally, but being a part of this program where everyone shares that, makes the connections stronger. I want to thank the people within the program and Camp Mechuwana for making it home for everyone who attends. It’s a special place that many of us couldn’t live without.