First of all, I would really like to apologize for my extreme lack in posts lately. I’ve had a ton of tests and extracurricular activities. I’ve spent the past week working on my grade’s homecoming float from 3:30 to 5:30 everyday and I went to Windy Gap with my YoungLife group last weekend, so today I thought I would tell you all about that!
Last Friday, September 18th, we all piled onto a bus and drove to Windy Gap for fall weekend. If you don’t know what/where Windy Gap is, it’s a YoungLife camp located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Windy Gap is absolutely gorgeous; it has a small lake and is encircled in mountains. When we were about fifteen minutes from Windy Gap, our cell phones were taken up, so all of the pictures/videos you’re about to see were either taken on my friend’s GoPro or by the camp photographer. I had the best weekend of my life, and now, I’ll tell you why.
When we got to Windy Gap late Friday night, it was absolutely stunning. Even in the dark, you could see the outline of all the mountains among the stars. The buildings’ lights reflected on the lake and it was just gorgeous. After exploring the area and settling into our cabin, we went to club. Club at camp is a lot like our weekly YoungLife club at home, only ten times more fun and exciting. In club, we sing and dance to lots of songs (both Christian and current), watch skits performed by YoungLife leaders from the different groups that attended, play games, and listen to a sermon. After club, we went back to our cabin and had cabin time, a time that the girls in our cabin talked about what we got out of the sermon and what it meant to us. After cabin time, we showered and went to bed.
Saturday morning, we got up early, took a few pictures and went to breakfast in the dining hall with the rest of the camp. The food at Windy Gap is amazing. During breakfast, we watched more skits and played double tap at our table. After breakfast, we had cabin competition. We were given a small slip of paper that had a list of things to do, like sliding into the lake or burying our cabin leader in the sand on the volleyball court, and their point values, then we had to go do as many as we could in a set amount of time! Once time was called on the cabin competition, we went to club again. As always, after club we walked back to our cabin and had cabin time.
When the bell rang, we all ran down to the dining hall excitedly for lunch. After lunch, we had about six hours of free time. Windy Gap has so much to do, including a zip line, giant metal slide that goes into the lake, volleyball court, pool, basketball court, and a giant swing that goes through the forest that I just don’t know how to explain without showing you (watch the video below). Closer to the end of our free time, we went into the Windy Gap store to pick up a few tee shirts and stickers before taking a shower and getting ready for dinner. Shortly after we finished cleaning up from our adventures, the dinner bell rang. While we were waiting to get into the dining hall, we took a few more pictures on Scout’s GoPro. After dinner, we ran to the club room where we had club again.
All of the messages over the weekend were so good, but this one was special. The preacher described all of the things that Christ endured for us all during the crucifixion in such great detail, I was close to tears. At the end of the message, everybody at Windy Gap walked outside and found a place to sit and pray. As soon as everyone found a spot, all of the electricity in Windy Gap was turned off. It was so nice to have that time to just look up at all of the beautiful stars with no distractions and talk to God. At the end of this time to pray, a bell rang and we all walked back to our cabins for cabin time. During this particular cabin time, we talked not only about what we got from the message, but what we prayed about as well.
A bell rang at the end of cabin time and we walked back to the club room where we played a ton of games before we were directed to the gym. Once we walked into the gym, we were handed glow sticks and directed into a giant tarp tunnel. Inside the tunnel, loud dance music was played and black light shined. Up until this moment, we had no idea we had walked into a YoungLife rave. This tunnel put all of those elementary P.E. class parachute games to shame, it was so much fun. After the rave, we went back to our cabins and went to bed.
Sunday morning, we got up early again to attend breakfast. Before we left for breakfast, we were given our group shirts (hence everyone in the picture below matching). After breakfast, we went to one last club. At the end of club, we went back to our cabins to have cabin time and finish packing to leave. Once we finished packing, we took a few more pictures in Windy Gap before packing the bus and leaving.
Windy Gap was without a doubt one of the best weekends of my life. I feel so much closer to God and all of the girls in my cabin! I am so glad I went and I would highly suggest going too if you ever get the chance. YoungLife is the most fun Christian youth program I have ever been a part of. I can’t wait for my next YoungLife fall weekend!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventures in Windy Gap!