What does 32 teens with a desire to serve our community look like? ServeCamp 2015!
We spent four days doing various service projects around Penns Valley, including; painting the dugouts at the Old Gregg School baseball field, weeding and cleaning pavilions at Soldiers and Sailor’s Memorial Park, painting hay wagons, painting the gazebo at a park in Millheim, splitting and stacking wood for a family, landscaping for Grace UCC, painting a family’s home, and scrubbing out an apartment.
This year’s theme was “The 12:3:1 Project” and we had guest speakers come each evening to our homebase for camp, at Krislund Camp, to share about serving in a community such as Penns Valley, the influence of your closest friends, and finally, the importance of a mentor in your life.
Amidst the difficult work, tiredness, amazing food, terrific speakers, and fun activities, a real bond was formed between those who attended camp this year. Our challenge activity this year was a high-ropes course. For some it was easy, but for others it was a about stepping out of their comfort zone and really facing fears. As one teen after another moved around the course, you could hear the sound of their peers and PVYC leaders cheering them on and encouraging them to keep going when they wanted to turn back.
When all is said and done, and the teens go home and the staff takes a few days to recover, receiving an encouraging note from a parent just reminds us of how impactful PVYC is for teens and families in our community. Here is one family’s response to PVYC ServeCamp 2015: