|A Perfect Day at Cedar Point!|
Day 6 consisted of us waking up, packing our stuff, and heading off to
. Once we arrived at the camp ground we got
settled into the cabins that we would be spending the night in. And then once all was situated, we headed off
to Cedar Point! And boy did we have the
absolutely perfect day for Cedar Point. It was a little warm but not bad. It was so much fun to take a large group of
teens of whom, many have never been to CP.
I promised them that if we could all stay together, I would take them on
a roller coaster tour de force. We had a
few coaster-haters with us. When we got
to the Maverick I dragged one of them in line with me convincing her that this
was an easy ride. Of course, I have
never been on this ride since it was relatively new but I knew that it didn’t
break any records for being the tallest or fastest. But once we road it, it ended up being a lot
more intense of a ride then I ever expected.
In fact, this became the one ride that we went back a second time before
we left the park that night. We hit them
all throughout the course of the day: Mantis, Raptor, Magnum, Millennium,
Gemini, Maverick, Skyhawk, Dragster. We
had such a fun time together. Camp Sandusky
After our time at Cedar Point, we headed back to
crashed for the night, and then made our trip back home! Overall, this trip was a huge success. We had many teens go for the first time with
our youth group. So this was a
significant trip to help bond a new group of teens for the new school year. I missed several of my Seniors whom I have
had several mission trip experiences in the past with but I knew that most of
them were just busy transitioning into the next stage of life and it’s time for
a leadership shift in our youth group.
This trip helped us to achieve just that. Camp Sandusky
Things that we learned from this trip:
1. Once again, I really need more adult guys to come on these trips. I was the only guy on this trip. I thought I had another coming with me but it was at the last minute that he was unable to come due to unforeseen reasons. But unfortunately I did not have a Plan B. For the health of our team and the diversity of leadership we need more adults to attend these trips.
2. A mixture of experiences was a very good thing. We had days that involved hard work and others that involved relationally connecting with people. Having a variety like that helped all the teens to discover what type of service really got them excited.
3. I loved having more control over the design and implementation of the trip. For the teens to take an active role in making decisions, crafting worship, and putting together devotionals I think helped grow them spiritually. We could have gone with a mission organization that had all of that together for us already with a higher quality of preparedness, but I believe that giving teens, especially Senior Highers, the opportunity to lead themselves actually has a greater impact on them.
4. Experiencing the culture and interacting with specific people are a big part of any mission trip. It was exciting for me to introduce them to some of the culture of
and to meet specific people who have been heavily involved in ministry to that
area or have been ministered to through these important ministries that we
5. The greater the challenge, the more our teens would rise to the occasion. Easy jobs were always completed quickly and efficiently. But if you give our teens a job that was challenging they would always work hard to accomplish it.
6. Cedar Point was the perfect way to end a mission trip! I loved taking the team there.
7. With maturity, comes rewards. Our Senior Highers are very, very trustworthy. When teens come across this way it is so easy for me to trust them with greater responsibility and reward them for their hard work.
8. It is always fun to see what happens with teenagers when left alone in a spiritually challenging and friendly environment. Many good conversation, spontaneous worship, group counseling, and depth to friendships occur on these kinds of trips.
What an awesome week!
What an awesome week!