The Story of the Pebble, or Boulder, or The Rock
* photo by Photographer Rick *
In the dining hall, campers gather around their tables alongside their counselors and possibly a few staff members. At table 7, a table full of young adventurous boys, one of the campers could not stop staring at staff member, Photographer Rick. Finally, the young man built up the courage to share with his table, “We are sitting with The Rock’s dad (aka Dwayne Johnson)!” Photographer Rick had a good laugh about the comment.
Day 2 of sitting across from “The Rock’s dad,” the boys are now trying to rename photographer Rick. “Maybe the Boulder,” one camper suggested. “How about the Pebble,” another shared.
The connection made between the men around this table is priceless. It’s easy to get in the routine and activities here at camp, but what a good reminder to hear the impact even just a face can make in these campers’ lives. I am not sure they even know his true name, but they find a sense of connection and value to Photographer Rick. To the world we may look like just ordinary people, but to these kids it’s as if we are a fill-in super heroes.
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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 6-18, in week-long camp settings and weekend retreats. 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!