What I Liked About Today
At each meal, we asked our campers at our table what they had liked best about that day. Which activity center did you do? Which was your favorite? Which game did you like most at organized games? What did you like best today?
The first day, Emily told me, “My favorite thing was hanging out with my counselors and other campers”.
At lunch, the second day, Shayleigh asked “Do you know what I liked best about today?” We immediately responded. “Yes! Of course we want to hear what you liked best.” That day, she had been at breakfast, activity centers, organized games, dancing and Kid’s Club where a Bible story is told and worship songs are sang.
She answered, “Learning about God. And I love Him.”
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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 North Texas. We accomplish this mission through camps for young kids, retreats for middle school and high school students, and mentoring for teenagers. 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!