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Father/Son Retreat

Father / Son Retreat is Almost Here!

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Fall is quickly approaching which means our fall retreats are getting closer and closer! We are always excited to see parents and their kids connect and talk about Jesus while they are here at camp and our Father / Son Retreat is just one of the ways that we are able to serve families from Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and all over the Midwest. This weekend consists of lots of fun activities such as zipline, archery, BB guns, fishing, and putt putt golf as well four chapel sessions!

This year, our Father / Son Retreat will be October 20 – 22. If you would like more information, or if you would like to register, visit www.miraclecamp.com/fatherson!

Like Father, Like Son – Why parent/child retreats are so beneficial

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When I was young, my father and I went on a father/son campout with our church. I was probably 8 or 9 years old and to me, my father was the coolest person in the world. Yes, quite soon after that my father became the least cool person in the world while I was in junior high and high school, but you will be glad to know that he is once again top of my list now that I have children.

Looking back at that campout, I am amazed that I liked it. The camp we went to was in terrible shape, had very little to do, the food was terrible, and I’m sure we barely slept.

But it was amazing.

I remember cooking food (once again that tasted terrible) over a campfire in a tin can and roasting hot dogs and s’mores. I loved that my dad prepared something different (and semi-tasty) in the tin cans while everyone else was left with burnt potatoes and terrible beef. I remember playing games in the dark and thinking it was super fun to sleep in a sleeping bag (I mean…who doesn’t like sleeping in a sticky container that you can barely move in). I remember trying to climb a “cliff” with my friends while our dad’s watched. I”m sure in retrospect is was a 15 foot sleep hill, but it still felt cool.

But the thing I remember the most was waking up before everyone else with my dad. The fire had gone out from the night before and I was disappointed. I loved watching the fire. But then, my dad did something I will never forget. He said, “hey, you want to see something cool?” Of course I did. He then got down on one knee, gathered some dry leaves and stick, peeled back the ashes until there were a few barely glowing embers and began to blow gently. At first, nothing happened, but then the coals began to glow a little brighter, then the leaves began to smoke a little, and then in front of my wondering little eyes, we had a roaring morning campfire.

My dad was the coolest.

A few years ago I had the privilege of showing my son how to start a campfire from nothing. I’m not sure he had the same reaction that I did when I was young, but it was fun to pass something along.

This is the power of a parent/child retreat. I have noticed that my children mimic my actions more than they mimic what I say. At Miracle Camp’s father/son retreat and mother/daughter retreat, your children will be able to be with just you for an extended period of time (in much better food and housing conditions I might add). They will be able to watch and observe what you say and do, and I think you’ll find that they will have some memories that stick with them for the rest of their lives.

Around that same time in my life I started reading through my Bible regularly. You know why I did it? Because I saw my father reading his Bible at the kitchen table every single morning at 6:30am.

You never know the power of your little, every day actions.