SIPS BACK IN SCHOOL!
Unreal. Out the end of May, back the first week of August?! No way. Time sure flies when you are having fun. We definitely had it!. It was a low budget summer but we still made it like 'back in the day.'
Spiritually, the King's Kids have REALLY GROWN UP. Their testimonies are serious and mature, they sing like angels,have an intimate relationship with Jesus, respect Him and Father God, operate in the Holy Ghost, and actually have the ability to handle worship.
We were more serious and academically oriented this year. The focal point was careers. They are getting older. They need to have goals, plans. They need to dream like Joseph and know the dreams are attainable.
- they designed a life plan for one year
- they designed a second life plan for five years
- they designed a third life plan for a post graduate career
They were forced to look at their lives now, assess what they liked, disliked, had the capacity to change and decided how to go about it.
Those things that they could not change, such as the absence or loss of a parent, irritable instructors, substance abuse, learning disability, they had to decide what to do to make the situation tolerable, if not acceptable.
The five year plan entailed chosing a career, researching it, determining whether they still liked it and why, selecting a person they admired in the profession and outlining what it would take them to get there.
SURPRISINGLY...contrary to popular belief, only a handful wanted to be pro-ball players. several wanted to play football, 3-4 basketball, 1 soccer, 1 dancer-choreographer, 2 singers, 4 doctors, 2 nurses, 2 police officers, 4 special agents and career military, 5 teachers, 2 lawyers, 2 housewives...
Once this was accomplished, they presented their life plan to the entire group. The group critiqued each one individually on their life plan, strengths, weaknesses, success probability, chose a magazine that they would appear in, the headline and drafted the story.
Of course, we played games, ate waaaaay too much, had parties, balloon fights, decorated the 16 bunk clubhouse (which incidentally is why there was so little money), entertained guest speakers from the community and learned to respect one another.
AT SOME POINT, PRAYERFULLY BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT, WE WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL SOMEWHERE IF ONLY OVERNIGHT SO THEY CAN MEET OTHER YOUTH AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.
SHOCK OF THE SUMMER---Bishop knew how to 'Nay-Nay' without them teaching me the dance first. Gotta keep up with them.