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REC MAN presents Ga-Ga

By day, David Reichley is the mild-mannered director of Wayfarer Camp. But at camp, David turns into REC MAN, whose curly blond wig has the ability to help any and every camper have fun. Each month, REC MAN will present a new game that you can use in your student ministry.
The game of the month to kick things off is Ga-Ga. The name itself is an intriguing one that invites people to want to know more. In its simplest form, Ga-Ga is a version of dodgeball. But before we go any further, it is NOT the athletes-only, “girls watch while guys kill each other” dodgeball of the 1980s that has become popular again thanks to Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.

We introduced Ga-Ga at Wayfarer Camp 2011, and it was an overwhelming hit among girls and guys alike. I have seen it played in a variety of settings and boundaries, but for the sake of clarity, we’ll explain it the way we played.

Preparation: We built the arena, which is the field of play. The arena is a six-sided hexagon made of plywood. Each side was 3 feet tall by 8 feet wide. We hinged all 6 sides together to form the hexagon.

Participation: Between four and 20 students, depending on the size of the arena. We found that 10-20 students was the ideal number for the arena size listed above.

Supplies: An arena or other field of play. A dodgeball. People.

Objective: To eliminate other players by hitting them with the ball.

Start: All players enter the arena. The referee tosses the ball in the air. When the ball bounces, players shout “ga” on the first bounce and “ga” on the second bounce. The second bounce serves as the “whistle” that starts the game.

Finish: Play until all but one player is eliminated. The last player standing is the winner.

Rules: Players cannot catch or grab the ball. Players cannot kick the ball. Players can hit the ball with their hands in the direction of other players and/or off the walls to try to eliminate per players. If you are hit by the ball, either off a direct shot or off the wall, you’re out. Hits must be below the shoulders to count. If you hit another player in the head with the ball, the player who hit the ball is out, while the player who absorbed the head shot can keep playing. Players who are eliminated must exit the arena, but encourage them to stand just outside it cheering the game.
So there you Ga-Ga. It’s a great game I think you’ll love. You can see from the pictures that students love it. If you need to see more, click here to see a YouTube video. Give Ga-Ga a go. Have fun!
Signed,
Your friendly neighborhood Recman

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Room 1228 presents Kairos

Each summer, we create a Wayfarer Camp theme. Then after the summer, we adapt the theme to hit Room 1228 as a downloadable curriculum product. This is our way of taking the things that God does at Wayfarer Camp and making those experiences and epiphanies available to more people.

This summer, our camp theme was Kairos: It’s about time. And as of yesterday, Kairos is available in Room 1228. In the Kairos series, students will take a time out to evaluate everything by focusing on the only thing; they will let a time bomb go off so that they can be more by becoming less; they will avoid a time warp as they do more by doing less; and they will lean into a time change as they stop falling back and start springing forward.

It’s a great series, and we’re excited to share it through Room 1228. Check it out!

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A friend of Wayfarer joins GracePointe

Our good friend Will Gunter is joining a new ministry called GracePointe based here in upstate South Carolina. Will has been a youth minister in Spartanburg County for about a decade, and he has used Wayfarer curriculum, speakers, and brought groups to Wayfarer Camp. We’re excited about the new call Will has on his life, and we asked him to share a bit about it. Here are his words:

GracePointe Ministries exists to “ignite a passion for Life that impacts generations for Life.” GracePointe will provide counseling and direct ministry to the at-risk community and support to those who work with the at-risk. At this time we are providing ministry services to Homes 4 Life, SPHIN, Hope Remains Youth Ranch, and Woodruff Area Soup Kitchen.

I am personally talking and praying with Scott Wolfe (InYou Minstries) about helping to bring some structure back into the Homes 4 Life ministry. It is a home for boys 18-21 years old who are in transition. This past Tuesday I spoke at the Woodruff Area Soup Kitchen, which is a weekly ministry for GracePointe. Before they just fed the folks in need, but now GracePointe brings in music and or a speaker on a weekly basis to ignite a passion for life and preach Christ. These are examples of GracePointe’s vision to be a healthy resource for at-risk ministries that already exist.

I will also be meeting with and counseling with families and individuals that have need. The Lord may bring them into my life, or he may put them on my heart to go see. For example I had a family this week who called about their daughter who has been molested (in this case the police have been contacted); they requested for me to come by and visit as a support. With the help of the Holy Spirit I will walk with this family and connect them to healthy resources as they need and request.

I will be seeking opportunities to speak at churches or other organizations to share my heart and passion. My heart is that people would discover all that is theirs in Christ and find healing, life, and freedom in those truths. For example, when I spoke at Glendale, I preached on 2 Corinthians 5:17 (we are new creatures in Christ). I explained the old things that have passed away and the new things that God has now ushered in through Christ. Many were touched and encouraged. After lunch a lady called asking for prayer and wanting to talk regarding her family situation.

As I go I will be sensitive to the Spirit to continue to develop me and the ministries He has. Over all I will preach and teach Christ as Life, and will live it out as I go by His Grace.

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Wayfarer Camp, take 2

Today starts another week of Wayfarer Camp. Eight more churches will be joining us at Anderson University to stare into the smoke and let our hearts be set on fire for God. We’re excited about the opportunity to lead a couple hundred more students through the Wayfarer Camp experience. Please pray for our team, the students and adult leaders attending, and all the details for camp this week.

And if you want a look inside the first week of Wayfarer Camp, join our camp group on Facebook. We’ve got pictures and comments from Week 1, and much more is coming.

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One great week

The first week of Wayfarer Camp is in the books, and it was a great week. The eight churches who attended all plugged in and participated in remarkable ways via worship, connect groups, recreation, and service. It was amazing to see how so many junior-high and senior-high students connected with the presence, power, and priority of God through our series called Smoke.

We still have one great week of Wayfarer Camp to go. If you want to follow what’s happening with the second week of Wayfarer Camp, follow us on Twitter. And if you have stories from your experience at Wayfarer Camp, leave a comment and let us know!

Thanks for partnering with us by praying for and/or attending Wayfarer Camp 2010.

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It’s time

The truck is in the parking lot and the lobby is full of supplies. That can only mean one thing – it’s time for Wayfarer Camp 2010. Our first week of camp starts on Monday, and over two weeks we’ll have 19 churches from six states joining us at Anderson University for camp.

Please pray for the Wayfarer team over the two sessions of camp between now and June 24. And watch the blog for updates on what God does through Wayfarer Camp.

Plus, if you want more details on our camp service project this year, you can find the details here via goupstate.com.

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Wayfarer Camp preview night

Want a sneak peek of Wayfarer Camp 2010? Make your way to Southside Fellowship in Greenville, SC, Tuesday for a camp preview night on April 6. Dave Rhodes and David Walker will be leading the students from Southside in a service that will give them just a taste of what’s in store for June. Please pray that this will build excitement and encourage students to come to Wayfarer Camp this summer so that they can stare into the smoke and get set on fire by God.

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