Week 3

It’s hard to believe our third and final week is coming to a close!  The summer has just flown by.  This week campers are participating in Surviving Frontier, World Explorers, and Splash Camp.

Splash Camp and World Explorers have been beating the heat by playing fun and splashy games in the morning, including time on the Camp Vick Slip-n-Slide!

Surviving Frontier has been participating in various challenges throughout the week.  Some even came with rewards, like a mattress to sleep on in the tent! They’ve learned how to build fires and has also been enjoying making some of their own meals over those fires.

We’ve been blessed to have Pastor Dave Speigel with us this week for chapel and Bible study. We’ve enjoyed some awesome worship and wonderful messages.  Please be sure to ask your children about them when you pick them up!

And a week at camp wouldn’t be complete without campfire.

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Week 2

It’s hard to believe that week 2 is already drawing to a close and that there is only one more week of camp!  This week we have Camp Vick Investigates, Frontier Girls, and Mission (Im)Possible.  All three groups are having a great time!

Camp Vick Investigates has been having fun investigating all sorts of different things this week.  Early in the week they had to find a missing counselor and today they played some live action Clue and figure out the particulars of a crime that took place.

Frontier Girls have been getting back to basics this week.  They are learning how to start their own fires and cook their own meals.  Although all I keep hearing about is the yummy desserts they’ve been making!  They also took a Creek Hike earlier in the week and had a great time exploring.

Mission (Im)Possible have been enjoying a week of team building challenges such as untying a human knot!  They also were able to enjoy a day at the Kingdom Bound Festival at Darien Lake.  They got to see Toby Mac in concert along with some other bands.  Reggie Dabbs also spoke between concerts.  He gave an awesome message and many young people, including many of our own, chose to accept Christ as a result!  If your child attended Mission (Im)Possible, you need to ask them about this message.  It was truly life changing!


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The Start of Summer 2018

We had our first official day of Camp today!

Wacky, Wet and Wild and Frontier Boys have joined us this week for fun filled adventures.  We are off to a great start this week!  Frontier Boys started off the day on the lake boating while Wacky, Wet and Wild got a little muddy.  They truly lived up to the session name and were Wacky, Wet and Wild!  Look at all the mud!

The afternoon was spent in Bible Study as well as the pool. Pool time is always a great favorite among the campers and even though it rained some, it didn’t stop them from enjoying swim time!

We ended the day with Chapel followed by campfire. We are blessed to have Pastor Tom Tharp from Emmanuel Baptist Church for Batavia with us this week to lead us in Bible Study and Chapel. Due to the rain we had chapel in the Dining Hall this evening.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!

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Wednesdays with Jillene: more than a first impression

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

I can’t remember when I first began caring about making first impressions. At what point in a person’s life do we make that extra effort to present our best self in an initial meeting?

I watch my girls at the playground. They run right up to other kids with not a care on their minds, strike up a conversation and continue as fast friends with other small people they just met seconds prior. If it wasn’t for the fact that they rarely learn each other’s names you’d almost think they’d known one another their whole little lives.

When does that change? When does making a good first impression become an intentional, planned, scripted action? When does that first impression become more important than the everyday impact we leave on those around us?

Doing a quick image search for quotes about making an impression brought up a TON of thoughts on the importance of the impressions we leave on people we encounter.

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Ever think about how many times we have the chance to make a first impression? I started to make a list… it was seemingly endless. We meet new people all the time, in big and seemingly little encounters. The business world has a lot to say about first impressions and their importance to customer acquisitions. And, for real, that often makes me angry. Why? Because way too many businesses are set up pursue an initial customer and not enough care about maintaining good relationships with current customers.

We all know you can shop around for insurance rates that will start out really low at some companies and then creep up the longer you’re with them. What about new phone/data deals being advertised but are only available to new customers, current customers are out of luck? What about companies that incentivize you to refer a new customer but offer no rewards for your years of loyal patronage?

And, as much as that irritates me in the business world, what gets me even more is that we can adopt those same bad practices in daily living. When we care more about creating a good first impression than we do on our daily impression it does two things that have me thinking hard tonight.

1- It sets up unreasonable expectations/unreachable standards

See, we create this false self who’s main objective is to impress, in all the best possible ways, of course. We have good eye contact, say all the right/well thought out things, we actively listen and attentively respond to the needs of others. But what happens when that self we portray is so very different from our regular, every day living? We’ve presented ourselves in a way we cannot live up to on a daily basis. We’ve set the bar higher than we can possibly reach.

2- It becomes easier to keep people at arms reach than to let them in close

We do our best to create and control first impressions. Our hard fought efforts create a facade that doesn’t allow us to really let people in because if we did then they would see beyond the smoke and mirrors. That isn’t real relationship; that doesn’t leave a lasting impact on either party.

We were made for more than first impressions. We were made for lasting life impact.

The message paraphrases Romans 12:1-2 this way:

 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

And it was that first part that really hits me hard, “take your everyday, ordinary life…” God helping you… in the everyday… in the mundane, ordinary… to live for God, to offer that to God. Not just your one time, have it all together, first impression, Sunday best but your everyday, ordinary life. 

Romans 12 keeps pushing in deeper from there:

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Don’t pretend… love with genuine affection… never be lazy… always be eager… step-by-step through that passage I’m challenged by the practical, everyday ways that we are called to live as faithful followers of Christ.

Real faith lived out in real life goes well beyond first impressions. My heart is challenged to look hard at my own living to see beyond first impressions. I’m going to be spending some time in Romans 12 over the coming days, letting the Word speak truth in my mind and actions as I seek to live for more than first impressions but for lasting life impact.

How about you? What scripture is God using to guide and direct your daily living? Share so we can be encouraged in our walk with the Lord and support you in prayer today.


This post originally published by Jillene at: thinmoments.com

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Leadership Announcement

Vick and Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries is announcing a change in leadership at Camp Vick.

After almost 14 years as Director, Jillene Narraway has accepted the call to ministry in West Virginia as the Associate Director of Camping and Youth. She is unbelievably thankful for the many years of ministry at Camp Vick and most of all for the hundreds upon hundreds of campers, ministry staff members, families, volunteers, churches and leadership she has had the privilege of serving, getting to know and calling friends over her 18 years on staff! Starting as an 18 year old counselor she had no idea that Camp Vick would become home. It makes leaving very bitter-sweet.

We are pleased to announce that Leta Williams will be serving as the interim Director of Camp Vick. Leta is returning to New York with her Masters in Youth Ministry. She is a former ABY Cabinet President and grew up in American Baptist Camping right here in New York! We are very excited to have her leadership at Camp Vick!  We look forward to a great year of camping!



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