The Swim Test
“The swim test: It has to be passed– if a camper wants to swim in the pond that is. One of Mr. Jim’s 9-year-old guys just couldn’t see the advantage of putting his life on the line to get a green bracelet. It took all kinds of persuading and encouraging to finally talk the boy into even trying. Lo, and behold, he passed– and he didn’t drown! Mr. Jim made a huge fuss over the accomplishment.
Not two minutes later, five or six other boys decided to give it a try as well. Mr. Jim bragged about his camper some more, “Do you realize you caused all those guys to take the swim test too? Because you overcame your fear and went out on a limb, they decided to try it too!”
“You mean I did that?” his camper asked, totally amazed.
Several little boys that day learned that bravery isn’t the absence of fear– it’s the courage to act even when afraid.”
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 16-18, in camp settings, weekend retreats, and in mentoring clubs. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!