This past Sunday afternoon I returned from what is constantly referred to as “the best week of your life”; YoungLife summer camp. I was beyond excited to be going to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado, but I had no idea just how much the week would surpass my expectations. I did crazy things I never thought I’d get the chance (or have the guts) to do while learning tons about myself, my friends, and God’s love. Today I’m thrilled to finally share this week with you all. Enjoy!
I was originally planning on going into detail on each day at Frontier Ranch, but if you’ve ever been to YoungLife camp, even for just a weekend, you know it’s always full of surprises. I obviously don’t want to ruin any surprises for my readers who might be going to Frontier Ranch this summer or in the future, so instead I’m sharing a video I made along with some of my favorite pictures! The important things for you to know about my time at Frontier Ranch are that the food was delicious, the activities were fun, the skits were hilarious, the people were nice, the Work Crew was awesome, the speaker was incredible, and God’s creation surrounding the camp was absolutely breathtaking. I recommend you watch the video below in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video.
This video was created using iMovie. All of the underwater/pool clips were taken with a FujiFilm FinePix XP120 and all the rest of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a EF-S 18-55mm lens. The background song is “Line of Sight” by ODESZA featuring WYNNE & Mansionair.
I’m sure you noticed the change in audio in the last thirty seconds or so of the video. You were listening to my favorite part of the message that our wonderful speaker, Andy, gave on top of the mountain that we hiked (the quality of the audio sounds weird because it was recorded on top of a windy mountain plus Andy was talking with a megaphone). He told us about how God views us as His most beautiful creation, and that statement was so powerful for me as we were staring in awe at the gorgeous Rocky Mountains that God created. Out of everything we heard last week, the overall message that stuck out to me is that my purpose is to be loved by God. God loves us despite our mistakes and sins. He gave us this incredible, beautiful world to enjoy and we turned our backs to Him. To break the barrier that our sin created between Him and us, He sent Jesus to pay the ultimate cost for our sin, death. Even after that huge sacrifice that He made, we continue to turn away from the best relationship we could ever be a part of. Not only does God still want a relationship with us despite that, but He is willing to meet us in the middle. Andy simplified this concept and told us that forming a relationship with God is as easy as the ABCs. A is for admitting that we are imperfect sinners. B is for believing that God loves us and through that sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins and break the barrier between us and Him. C is for coming home to God, because a relationship with Him is where we belong. We were made for this.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the week!
If you ever get the opportunity to go to YoungLife camp, whether it’s for Work Crew, a week in the summer, or fall weekend, you really should go. YoungLife has been so incredibly beneficial for me in my faith and nothing opens my eyes to God’s love more than time at camp. This week at Frontier Ranch was my fourth time on a YoungLife property and I have yet to have an experience that was anything less than wonderful. This was seriously the best week of my life.
Thanks for reading! If you’d be interested in more YoungLife camp themed posts, such as “Things I Wish I Knew Before YoungLife Camp” or “Ten Things You Should Bring to YoungLife Camp,” please comment below, shoot me a direct message on Instagram (@apocketfuloffaith), or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love nothing more than talking about YoungLife, especially YoungLife camp, so I’d be more than happy to do more posts about it! Another quick reminder, all of my pictures posted during/of my travels on my Instagram are under my hashtag, #farawaywithfaith, so be sure to check that out throughout the summer to keep track of my adventures!