Kids love superheroes.
They think of them as strong, confident and physically fit. And they tend to rank right up there with professional athletes, firefighters, and the president when kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up. In fact, a recent Cornell University study even showed that when kids associate healthy foods and behaviors with what a superhero would eat or do, their own behaviors change too! Yes, when kids associate healthy food with superheroes, they actually choose apples over French fries.
And that’s why I’m so excited about integrating our summer theme, Superheroes!, into each of our family camps this summer: we’ll inspire kids of all ages to want to live differently because of the choices they see superheroes making, and the behaviors they see modeled by the people they look up to the most.
Which has me thinking…
Honestly, it’s a question we should all ask as moms and dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents: Do the kids who look up to me see me as strong, confident and spiritually fit…or something a little more…flabby?
Well, if it’s the latter, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Nope. Right now, we’re designing our family camp schedule and programming to create space for life change, not just for the kids, but for all of us, even moms and dads. And I believe that an intentional weekend away can provide a sort of do-over for those of us who have gotten a little spiritually soft in the spiritual leadership of our families.
Family camp is kind of like a spiritual reset button. It’s a place where kids are expecting to talk about Jesus. They’re expecting to do devotions, to hang out with mom or dad, and to do things they don’t normally do. And it provides the perfect environment to try again, and exercise those spiritual muscles.
At family camp, moms and dads can initiate spiritual conversations with children. They can begin a new pattern of daily, family devotionals. They begin again to model the kinds of character and behaviors that kids long to see in their parents. And even if they haven’t done these things in a while, your kids won’t think you’re weird… they’ll think you’re a superhero!
With these things in mind, we’ll be doing a few things a little differently this summer at Michigan family camps. We’ll be back to one main session at a time, giving families the chance to worship together. We’ll be offering more interactive elements during those sessions that allow parents and kids, and extended family members, to try out their new spiritual muscles: praying together, practicing brief devotional elements together, and more. And we’ll be creating intentional spaces around camp for parents to be the superheroes their kids really need.
If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for your family, you can register for family camp today and learn more about scheduling and pricing.
Contributed by Michigan Overnight Retreats Director Eric Woods - Eric writes his own blog about life, leadership and ministry.
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