5 Reasons I’ll Send My Kids to LLYCPosted by Kristen Raven on Mar 07, 2016 in LLYC: The Beat
Are you still on the fence about sending your kids to Singing Hills or Echo Valley this summer? Are you wondering why you should trust a bunch of undergrads with no parenting experience to care for your children for two entire weeks?
Please take the advice of this LLYC Alumni and fellow parent: It’ll be worth it!!
Here’s why I’m hoping to send my own little rascals when the time comes:
1. I want them to develop a spiritual life of their own. At LLYC, I was given space and time to pray in my own words and explore the Bible for myself. Worship times were no longer obligatory or rote, but instead became occasions for me to express sincere feelings toward God.
2. I want them to see what it looks like when young adults follow Jesus. Well before they shared the Gospel with me, I knew there was something different about my counselors and I was fascinated to hear how they thought about life. My counselors completely changed my perception of what it meant to be a Christian.
3. I want them to experience life away from screens. These days it’s rare for kids to have more than a few hours outside each day, without the distraction of checking Facebook messages or texts. I loved being at camp because for those 2 weeks, the people around me were the only people I had to keep up with- we were present and engaged in our surroundings.
4. I want to give them the chance to try new things and become who God created them to be. Away from folks who had known me all my life, I found so much freedom to just be who I was. At camp, I learned that I loved to dance, that I was a storyteller, and that friends would still love me if I shared my fears and insecurities.
5. I want them to build friendships with kids outside of our town and our community. When high school came around and I had difficulties and conflict in my friend group, I knew I had other, deeper friendships to fall back on. Then I got to reunite with my camp friends in college, and many are in my life to this day.