The Italy Adventure XIV.5 #Italy #FB

Well, we are all well at the camp. The last week went very fast and it was full of activities & fun time.with two camps going on at the same time and helping both camps including working on the new building. We all kept busy!

There was a Junior High camp with about 60 campers & a primary camp (ages 7-11) with about 24 campers. In the mornings were glorified crowd control while the counselors had their morning meeting. With the JH’ers they had four squads so every day they rotated through floor hockey, tennis, rifle (BB) target shooting & bracelet making. In their own way each was popular. In the target shooting, we kept track of the top 3 shooters in each squad and at the end of the week we had a shoot-off among the 3 from each team awarding the winner to the team with the most points in the target.

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While with the primary campers we had 3 groups with dodgeball, rifle (BB) target shooting & bracelet making. In their own way each was popular. During the 4 mornings, they were able to go to any of the stations they wanted to.

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We had a small roll during 2 evening sessions with a game & testimony. We were asked to come up with a game that there would be a squad winner so points would be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. Zach shared his testimony one evening to the junior highers.

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Arrostichini

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gelato in Teramo

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The last week they continued to need help in the kitchen both in preperation & cleanup. I team enjoyed working in the kitchen alongside the nationals.

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Joe & Stefania took Roxy and I out to a nice restaurant in Castelli. We had a great time of fellowship and good Italian food.

A relaxing day with the primary campers up on the mountain with some hiking, water games and a picnic. We brought along with us water balloon launchers, the campers had a great time launching balloons at human targets (Stephen, Zach, Lorenzo, Pietro & myself).

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Joe shares the gospel to both camps during the Thursday evening campfire session.

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We are just an hour away from leaving the camp. We are sad to leave but excited to return to our friends and family & new adventures God has for us. Last evening there was a party on our behalf, they made a very big cake, we had a great time of fellowship with the counselors and staff.

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We will be going to Rome soon and will be staying there 2 days visiting Rome (a very beautiful city). We hope to hit all the hot spots including a few not so well known locations. I am not sure what kind of WifI & Internet we will have access to so this might be the last until our return back to the States.

I will post a recap of our 3 days in Rome shortly.

Ciao for now …

The Italy Adventure XIII.5 #Italy #FB

*Update with images … from The Italy Adventure XIII

Saturday was a full day of cleaning and getting ready for a new set of campers. After breakfast of Saturday, while most of the children left. several stayed for another week of camp. We had to clean all the bathrooms and clean all the rooms in addition to the grounds.

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The new group of campers started arriving around 5pm. Similar to last weeks camps, there are 2 camps this week but opposite … there are around 50 junior higher’s and only about 20 primary age children. The Cedarville team is helping out with the junior higher’s this week.

It is now Sunday and we are in full swing of the camp, we are learning names & making friends with the campers. This morning we had a time with Joe and he encouraged us with speaking on Ps. 139. We were given a day off today. Please pray for the team as we have only a few more days here at the camp.

Ciao for now …

Scott

The Italy Adventure XV #Italy #FB

Well we made it to Rome and arrived at our hotel around 12:30 BUT is was not without many tears and hugs from the campers, staff & counselors. I can’t begin to say how hard it was this morning to say goodbye to all the people at the camp. We all formed some great friendships with people at the camp.

After breakfast in the morning (Joe & Stefania joined us for our last breakfast), Joe had all the Cedarville team come into the dining room for the children to sing one last song for us before we left. It was very special to hear the kids singing one last time yet very sad. Joe then asked us all to go out into the yard so that the children & staff could say their goodbyes. There were many hugs & tears! We all have our own stories of how specific people had an impact on our visit both young and old. One specific child is Giovanni. We met him the second day. He was in the family that Anna, Zach, Adam & I helped move. Giovanni was at both of the camps we helped with and we formed a friendship even with our limited ability to talk. When I was saying goodbye to him he just started crying & hiding his face, well, that got me started. I found a staff worker that could translate for me and I talked to him and told him how much of an encouragement he was to me even as a young kid, and maybe I would see him again and trusted he would grow into a young Godly man. Roxy has a picture of me talking to him with Sara translating to him.

We toured Rome this afternoon and saw San Giovanni, Scala Santa as well as seeing the Coloseum at night. We had pizza outside San Giovanni in a small piazza. It was great walking around Rome again. We took the Metro & a bus and managed to make our way back to the hotel without getting lost or losing anybody!

Ciao, Scott

The Italy Adventure XIV #Italy #FB

Well, we are all well at the camp. This week went very fast with two camps going on at the same time and helping both camps including working on the new building. I am sorry there are no images to accompany this post … you can look back on past images.

We are just an hour away from leaving the camp. We are sad to leave but excited to return to our friends and family & new adventures God has for us. Last evening there was a party on our behalf, they made a very big cake, we had a great time of fellowship with the counselors and staff.

We will be going to Rome soon and will be staying there 2 days visiting Rome (a very beautiful city). We hope to hit all the hot spots including a few not so well known locations. I am not sure what kind of WifI & Internet we will have access to so this might be the last until our return back to the States.

Ciao for now …

The Italy Adventure XIII #Italy #FB

This will be a quick update with no images … as of now.

Saturday was a full day of cleaning and getting ready for a new set of campers. After breakfast of Saturday, while most of the children left. several stayed for another week of camp. We had to clean all the bathrooms and clean all the rooms in addition to the grounds.

The new group of campers started arriving around 5pm. Similar to last weeks camps, there are 2 camps this week but opposite … there are around 50 junior higher’s and only about 20 primary age children. The Cedarville team is helping out with the junior higher’s this week.

It is now Sunday and we are in full swing of the camp, we are learning names & making friends with the campers. This morning we had a time with Joe and he encouraged us with speaking on Ps. 139. We were given a day off today. Please pray for the team as we have only a few more days here at the camp.

Ciao for now …

Scott

The Italy Adventure XII #Italy #FB

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The two camps in Bible lesson & scripture memorization …

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On Friday, after breakfast and our morning activities with the children we were put back to manual labor … it was not hard work as much as it was heavy work!

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We were asked to clear out a room full of scuffling in the new building, needless to say we were hot, sweaty & dirty. It was fun!

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There are a group of men from Naples in for 3 days to do some construction on the new building. On the far left is our long time friend Franco who was doing drywall work.

Friday was our last full day with the campers since Saturday morning after breakfast they leave. We had a free for all dinner out in the yard with Italian style hotdogs and fries … of course there was watermelon afterward.

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The workers bought arrosticini and grilled it for themselves after we (the camp) had dinner. It was an interesting process! I think I am going to have to bring it to the States, it is very good!

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Stefania finished her story and & Sara shared her testimony, she shared it in Italian. Towards the end of the evening Marco one of the leaders asked for any children to share what they learned at the camp this week, Julia (in the image above) is sharing how accepted Christ as her Savior. She was one of 4 children this week that accepted Christ.

The Italy Adventure XI #Italy #FB

Early on in our preparation on coming to Italy, I was asked if the team would be in charge of the camps Aqua Fest. You can’t say no to that! Over the weeks leading up to our trip, the team & I e-mailed back and forth with water game ideas and then once we arrived at the camp and had a better idea what was needed, we came up with a schedule of what games we would play etc … Thursday came and we had a blast! It was a very hot day, perfect for water games. There were some changes made to the schedule so we had an hour less but that was fine and we were flexible. The team split up into 3 groups and split up the 6 camp squads into 3 groups and rotated every half hour … basically, with a break and rotated again. The games the Cedarville team camp up with was fantastic, the children had a great time and the camp director was happy with how everything went. There were only a few minor injuries!

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The Junior High camp had their own water games in the afternoon … I took a group picture of them on the HUGE slip & slide …

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Marcy & Abby took advantage of the slip & slide.

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In addition to our big day of water games, Thursday was also laundry day for the Cedarville team. 11 additional people arriving at camp makes it hard on the staff (both the kitchen & laundry staff), so we help where we can.

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Giovanna (in charge of laundry) & Roxy.