Monday, May 14, 2018

MOTHERS DAY MOMENTS

At our annual Mothers Day Luncheon this year there were lots of hugs and kisses, singing and poems written by the boys for their mothers and grandmothers!

Loving Hand
She is a superhero that saves the day.
She is the voice when you’re led astray.
She is the hand that leads the way.
She is true to the heart
with you she shares a bond that shall
never be spread apart.
She is loving and kind.
She has the purest of minds.
In the thorns, she is a rose
On the trampled path, she grows.
Your feelings, she knows.
To her children she shares her special love
To the husband, she is a dove
She is not one to pick and choose
She builds me up when I lose
When there is strife
She applies her life and
Gives words of wisdom.
She is kind.
In her truth you will find.
She is great there is no debate
As sure as there is grains of sand
In her, you will find a loving hand. 

Things I Appreciate About my Mom
Something I appreciate about my mom is that she cooks really good food for me. I also really like the way that she helps me with my homework sometimes. I appreciate how she takes me and my brothers to do fun stuff. Thank you mom for all you have done for me.
Happy Mother’s Day mom!

Poem for Mother’s Day
Mother’s are lovers.
They don’t bother others.
They love to see each other.
They take care of one another.
My mother is dear to me,
As you can see.
She loves to help people in need.
And I know that she loves me.
Sometimes she wonders what to do.
And then she’ll get blue.
But I know she will always pull through.
We all know everything they say is true.
Mothers take care of us.
Even when we like to fuss.
But saying thank-you is a must.
 

Mother’s Day Article
Something I appreciate about my mom is that she’s always there for me and wants the best out of me. She always wants me to succeed in life. My mom has always stuck into my problems even when their hard.
A mom is a woman who can take anyone’s place but no one can take hers. A mom is the one person that you can go to when you need to talk out.
Something I want to make my mom proud of is graduating camp and high school and making her life easier.
 

What I Love About my Mom
I love my mom so much. She takes care of me and works really hard at home and at work. She helps sticks into my problems even if I treat her wrong sometimes. She is very graceful and gives me good warm hugs. She loves music and her dream was always to be a violist. I want to treat her better by not taking my problems out on her.
 

Best Mom Ever
What do I like about my mom? That my mom takes care of me and she is kind and loving. She sticks into my problems the whole way. She helps me solve them even though I am hard to live around. I love her because she cooks my favorite food. She is fun to be around, even when I’m struggling. I like her when she helps me have a good day. That’s why I love my mom.
Happy Mother’s Day mom!


 

Friday, April 6, 2018

HE HAS RISEN!

Easter Weekend is always a fun time around camp. It is also a time where the boys ask more questions and are doing more searching as to why this weekend is so special. Each year we have a Good Friday service with the boys. Each group made a cross and displayed it at the service. This year each group used a different kind of wood for their cross. A perfect example of three very different groups coming together to be united in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The boys talked about the crucifixion and one by one campers and staff wrote down sins in their lives. We nailed those sins to the cross. But thankfully, we know they don't stay there, because our Lord didn't stay dead.

On Sunday morning the boys are up bright and early and we have a sunrise service full of yummy pastries, good singing and the gospel message. At the sunrise service we burned the papers that were on the cross. They are gone now. When Jesus died and rose again three days later, he took our sins and he erased them. The boys heard that we serve a living God and he defeated death once and for all. He defeated death for them, for us, and for you.

The boys then get to participate in a camp wide scavenger hunt.

Brunch was served at the Pavilion to a very hungry crowd after all that running around camp.

Please pray with us that we can guide these young men to the cross and continue to help them as questions come up.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Sweet Week


The boys had the opportunity this past month to learn how to make sugar cane syrup!
This new camp addition includes a sugar cane press and a boiling furnace, which were built by various work groups that have helped at camp this season. It has been in the planning stages for a while and we are so excited to have it up and going.

The boys harvested the sugar cane and learned how to press it to get the juice from the cane. This requires the sugar cane press and our camp horses, Carmel and Sandy. After all the cane was pressed we had 120 gallons of juice! After the cane is all pressed and the juice is strained, it is boiled for several hours and all the impurities are skimmed off the top. It is cooled and poured in jars.
What you have left is pure delicious cane syrup.

Here are a couple articles written by some campers about what they learned about sugar cane.

Gabe- Miccosukee Group
Sugar Cane
Well camp has been busy, but my favorite part was the sugar cane. It was a cool process. Step one was to cut the sugar cane. Step two you crush the cane with two large cylinders while a horse walks in a circle. Next, you cook it in a big metal bowl. You also have to skim the green stuff off the sugar cane. Then you scoop the cane into a cheesecloth so it can filter it. Well then you jar it, you let it cool, then you eat it. That was my favorite part of this week.
P.S. Sugar cane syrup is good on pancakes. 

 
Jayce- Miccosukee Group
Cane Syrup
Today after lunch, we went to the sugar cane cooker. While we were there, we watched sugar cane syrup get cooked. Then it was done. We got to put the lids on. Then we had to put them in a bin. I got the job of laying out the jars for Chief Curtis to grab, just to be helpful. It was a good time. We even got to try some of the syrup. It was good syrup. It was fun.



The Cowboy Group harvesting the cane.


This is the sugar cane press that is run by a horse and a few hard workers.

Skimming off the impurities and then putting it in jars.


 
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BUSY BEES



Greetings from Gator Camp!


The New Year has been flying by at camp. January and February have been packed full of fun activities and learning experiences for the boys.
One of those fun activities has been learning more about bees!  In case you didn’t know, here at Gator Camp we have a couple bee hives that we take care of. This year the Cowboy group is learning all about bee keeping. Once a session they are going to check the hives with Chief Curtis and see how the bees are doing. They have been busy researching, recording, and evaluating the hives. Hopefully we will have lots of yummy honey to harvest soon!




 

Monday, October 30, 2017

BRITISH CAR CLUB OF SARASOTA


On Friday, the Cowboy and Miccosukee groups had the privilege, to attend the British Car Club's Annual event for Gator Wilderness Camp. This annual event gives our boys the chance to look over an array of finely restored British cars and then choose the winner of the group. The boys are also given trophies for designing cars of their own. It is a great day for the boys to practice listening and learning to ask the "right" type of questions about this certain subject (cars). 

Thank you again to the Sarasota British Car Club for inviting the boys to attend this event and for the hospitality and your great friendship!





Friday, September 29, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA

As many know, Hurricane Irma struck Southwest Florida nearly three weeks ago now. We feel truly blessed that Irma slowed down to a category 2 by the time it went over camp. Thank to all of you who prayed fervently and without cease! The following is a video made by Chief Devin, showing the destruction that Irma sought at camp. Thank you again for your support and the prayers that we know our Father heard from His children!


Monday, August 28, 2017

SUBMERGED

We've recently had a lot of rain at Gator Camp and everything seems to be submerged under water. Our trails, ditches, ponds, and lakes are all extremely full with the numerous inches of rain we have received here in Southwest Florida over the past week. But we have managed to stay dry and we are glad someone invented rain boots!



                                               


Along with the recent rain, we are very excited for two boys from our Cowboy group who decided to submerge themselves on Sunday by being baptized. Both of these boys recently came into a relationship with Christ and asked to be baptized. It was a great joy to watch these boys make a declaration of faith and to say that they want to stand for what is right and do what is right by being a follower of Jesus Christ.


Aidan & Logan ready to be baptized



Logan being baptized by Chief Greg at the lake



& then Aidan's turn


What a great day! We praise the Lord for His faithfulness in carrying out the work that is being done in these young men's lives. Please pray for these two boys as they have begun the most important relationship they will ever take part in with their Lord and Savior.