Middle School Survivors

by Sydney Reynolds and Geremy Varner

Impact’s Middle School program decided 2020 needed to start off right with a retreat at Camp of
the Hills! 5 vans, 3 cars, and 1 truck loaded up with 67 middle schoolers, 22 adults and enough
food to feed an army and headed to the other side of Austin for our 3 day retreat. Our theme for
the weekend was Survivor. We had fun putting some of our survival skills into practice by
building forts and navigating through the camp on our scavenger hunt.

While it was awesome competing on teams, practicing archery and playing various games, the real reason we chose Survivor as our theme was to learn and look at how we can survive as Christians in this non-Christian world.  We realized that one of the most important ways to survive as a Christian is to have the support of one another. Friday afternoon we looked at Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

It was so encouraging to have the support of 22 different adults
willing to help serve as small group leaders, team leaders, cabin counselors and cooks for the
weekend. What a great way to live out Proverbs 27:17; we couldn’t have asked for a better
group of helpers to sharpen the 67 kids we were blessed to take on retreat. We pray that God
used this retreat to help sharpen the kids for the new year at hand. We are thankful for the
amazing growth we are seeing in our youth group and excited to see what God has in store for

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