The residents at the Kinloch Price Boys Ranch had the opportunity to attend Super Summer Church camp with the River Community Church youth group earlier this summer. It was an amazing experience for the boys – and for the house parents.
“The boys from Youth Horizons spent time intermingling with the kids from the River youth group, helping to forge the foundations of new and positive relationships,” says Brian Prahm, lead house parent.
“As one of the house parents, this for me was one of the most important elements of camp. We want our boys to find and work at building relationships with the youth group, that are intentional in helping to develop accountability in relationships.”
During the week-long camp, the boys participated in BLAST games. The games are a watersport competition designed to help break the ice, improve communication between the 16 youth groups at the camp that week, and help improve leadership.
After the games, the campers had the chance to face their fears on one of the many obstacle courses. They could choose from the Jacob’s ladder, zip lines, climbing walls, or the leap of faith – where campers climb up a telephone pole and leap to a trapeze swing. They do wear a harness for this!
Brian says all these activities were optional, so some of the boys chose to go swimming, or canoeing, and others spent a lot of time in the gym playing basketball.
The camp provided the opportunity for some transformational experiences as well.
“Some of the boys made really important decisions about how they want to live the rest of their lives,” Brian says.
Some of the boys chose to rededicate their lives to Christ during camp. The week helped the boys to realize that following Jesus is not about just knowing the “right answers,” but truly and faithfully living to honor God.