Middle Winter Camp

On February 6 over 40 BelPres middle schoolers and leaders loaded up a bus and headed to Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. Our theme for the weekend was drawn from Romans 1:6, Ephesians 2:9, and other passages that speak of “belonging” to the family of God. For most middle schoolers, they are just trying to fit in and find a place where they belong. Our goal for the weekend was to remind students that God loves them and that He has welcomed them into His very own family—where they belong.

There were a number of fun activities such as games played in and around the historic Fort Casey; one of the highlights of the weekend was the Saturday Night Talent Show. A number of students had fun showing off their talent in front of their peers, which included singing, magic, gymnastics, and more.

We were also treated to the hilarious responses from our expert panel of judges—Eliot Stone as the disgruntled sea captain, Mari Hamp as the professional Mario Cart driver, and Tara Martenson as the wacky breakfast chef.


Some of the best outcomes of the weekend we experienced at Camp Casey are the bonding memories and relationships that were forged at camp.


Some of the best outcomes of the weekend we experienced at Camp Casey are the bonding memories and relationships that were forged at camp. It has been good to see middle school students connect on Sunday morning at our 11 o’clock hour in a more meaningful way because of their time spent at camp. One middle school boy who attended shared that he is going to start coming to The Middle regularly because he now has friends in our group. While we still have plenty of room to grow in this area, our weekend at camp was a great way to develop the sense of belonging to our church community at BelPres and be reminded that we are beloved by God.

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