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“8 Mile Marks” for Camper Endurance

There are many things that are a part of running the Christian race with endurance and persevering to the end.  Here are 8 items we hope will mark your Christian race as you seek to run after Christ daily at home, at school, on the sports field, and everywhere your running shoes take you.

Mile Mark #1 – Active in a Local Church

Mile Mark #1 – Active in a Local Church

Christian worship, Biblical teaching, Christian community, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper are all very important to maturing and enduring in one’s Christian walk. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Are you an active part of your Church and not just an attendee? Are you involved in the student ministry? Do you have a Bible study with your peers? Do you show up Sunday prepared to worship God? We want to exhort you to be active in a local Church. No Church is perfect, but it is a necessary part of running the Christian race.

Mile Mark #2 – Studying God’s Word With Others

Mile Mark #2 – Studying God’s Word With Others

During your time at SB2W you study the Bible with your counselors and cabin mates. Our Bible study progression goes through five years of encountering Jesus Christ. It begins with studying what Jesus did by studying His miracles. Then we study what the Old Testament has to say about Jesus. We also study what Jesus said about himself, such as I am the way, the truth, and the life. We study what others said about Him. Lastly we study what He taught by looking at His parables. All of these studies give you as a camper the chance to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and with fellow campers. You then are encouraged to apply what you’ve learned to both your time at camp and your life outside the camp gates. Studying God’s Word with others is an important part of growth. We hope you seek to study God’s Word with other Christians. This often means taking the initiative to start and lead a study yourself, with your peers.

Mile Mark #3 – Serving Others

Mile Mark #3 – Serving Others

It is very easy for much of Jr. High and High School life to be wrapped up around self, this is why it is important to serve. Serving others is a great way to fight self-absorption. You have been blessed in order that you might be a blessing to others. There are so many ways that you as a young person can serve be it in your church, your home, your school, or your community. How are you serving others on a weekly basis? You might also be thinking about serving outside your community by going on a missions trip with your Church or a reputable missions organization. See our links and resources section for more.

Mile Mark #4 – Speaking and Listening to God

Mile Mark #4 – Speaking and Listening to God

We might also call this praying and reading Scripture. Your personal relationship with God is of the utmost importance. Oswald Chambers says, “Get rightly related to God first, maintain that as the great care of your life.” This is why time with God every day speaking with Him and listening to Him is so necessary. The Bible is a living book because it is God-breathed. When you read the Bible you are listening to God, when you pray you are communicating with the living, resurrected LORD JESUS! As a Christian, God’s Spirit is living and dwelling inside of you and also in the Scriptures you’re reading. No other book can make that claim, nor does it have the power to transform your life. In Matthew 6:6 Jesus says, “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” There are great benefits for those who diligently seek God in prayer.

Mile Mark #5 – Obeying God’s Word

Mile Mark #5 – Obeying God’s Word

Jesus asks in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” To call Jesus Lord is to recognize Him as our master. A servant obeys his master. Jesus says later on in Luke 11:28, “Blessed rather are those who heaer the word of God and keep it!” Pastor Adrian Rodgers says, “Your spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience. And if either rail stops, your train stops. Learn to obey the Word of God.”

Mile Mark #6 – Reading About God

Mile Mark #6 – Reading About God

One of the great ways to grow in relationship with Christ is to read, not only the Bible, but also books about God. This can be devotional literature, such as My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers or books like Crazy Love by Francis Chan in which he describes the nature of God’s love for us. While these books should never replace our reading of Scripture they are excellent supplements to our growth. Often they help us better understand what the Bible might be saying in a certain passage. A healthy diet of good reading is so helpful to Christian growth. So often we too easily gravitate to mindless entertainment in our free time. The easiest path is rarely the best one. Take a fast from Facebook, TV, Twitter, and/or you’re IPod this week and challenge yourself to read a good book. Check out our suggested reading lists in the sidebar.

Mile Mark #7 – Fleeing Temptation / Seeking Wisdom

Mile Mark #7 – Fleeing Temptation / Seeking Wisdom

Teenage life is full of temptations. It is often a time of great turmoil, change, and confusion as one grows into adulthood. Unfortunately our culture has encouraged adolescent immaturity and immorality instead of adult maturity and responsibility. Navigating the waters of adolescent life can be very difficult and requires wisdom. Seek out relationships with those older than yourself who can help you make wise decisions. Good mentors are very valuable. Know people who can give you godly counsel, who are the type of people that consistently point you back to the Bible as the source for wise living. In 2 Timothy 2:22 Mentor Paul tells younger Timothy, “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” Run away from situations of temptation. The more you get in the habit of fleeing temptation the less likely you are to stumble in running the Christian race.

Mile Mark #8 – Competing as a Christian Athlete

Mile Mark #8 – Competing as a Christian Athlete

We at SB2W believe that the competition field is a place for worship. As Christians we are called to glorify God in all that we do by worshiping with our best. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” We compete for an audience of One. The comp talks here at camp are designed to communicate to you as athletes, the essential truths of what it means to compete as a Christian athlete, worshiping God with the athletic talents and abilities God has given you. Remember as you complete outside the camp gates, at home and at school, that you are a witness for Jesus Christ. The Glory Goes to God! Check out the SB2W Competitor’s Creed and SB2W Comp Talk Topics in the Camper Endurance section.

Camper History, Stats and Records

For the many campers who have come to SB2W year after year it is a great delight to look back into the history books of your term. Who was my captain in 2010? What was surprise night 2002? Who got a Super ‘S’ my term in 1985?  Who holds the Varsity girls high jump record at the Que?  All these questions and many more are answered here.

  • Term History
  • Track & Swim Records
  • Surprise Night
  • Super ‘S’ Winners

Term by Term History
One of the neat things about SB2W is the high return rate of campers.  As a result there are deep rooted traditions and strong term and team pride.  Romans and Galatians have been competing to the Glory of God since 1966 and we have been keeping track.
With 199 terms completed since 1969 at the resident camp leading up and through present day Lake Gloria,  the current tally is:
ROMANS – 97 term victories
GALATIANS – 102 term victories
And since the Que opened in 2003 the current tally is:
ROMANS – 28 term victories
GALATIANS – 42 term victories

Click on the links below to see records for each term.  Also shows Captains, I’m Third Winners, and Christian Athlete Winners.  Enjoy!
Lake Gloria
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LG 1st Term
LG 2nd Term
LG 3rd Term
LG 4th Term
Que
Que Summer One
Que 1st Term
Que 2nd Term
Que 3rd Term
Que 4th Term

Track and Swim Meet Records
We have had many incredible athletes come through the gates at Summer’s Best over the years.  And some of these future Div I, II, III college athletes, professional athletes or Olympians have left their mark on our Track and Swim Records.  Check it out.
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Lake Gloria
LG Boys Track Records
LG Boys Swim Records
LG Girls Track Records
LG Girls Swim Records

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Que Boys Track Records
Que Boys Swim Records
Que Girls Track Records
Que Girls Swim Records

 

 

Surprise Night History
Whether it’s truly a surprise or not, Surprise Night creates some of the strongest and longest lasting memories for most campers.  From defending camp from Vikings, taking on the American Gladiators, or dancing the night away, campers love this themed party night.
See if this list of Surprise Night Themes bring back any memories.
2016 – Winter Wonderland
2015 – Birthday Party
2014 – County Fair
2013 – American GladiatorsSN3
2012 – Vikings
2011 – Decades
2010 – Superheroes
2009 – Army
2008 – Olympics
2007 – Hillbilly
2006 – American Gladiators
2005 – Pirates
2004 – Jungle
2003 – HawaiianSN5
2002 – Gold Rush
2001 – Superheroes
2000 – Medieval
1999 – Around the World
1998 – Decades
1997 – Army
1996 – Olympics
1995 – Hoedown
1994 – Hawaiian
1993 – 50’sSN2
1992 – Peter Pan
1991 – Hoedown
1990 – ?
1989 – ?
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Super ‘S’ Achievers
 One of the hardest personal achievements to be earned at camp is the Overall Super ‘S’.  Completing the hardest requirements in each activity is hard enough, doing it in just two short weeks is incredible.  Since the start of Summer’s Best 2,157 Super ‘S’ have been awarded.
Click here to see the names of all Super ‘S’ Achievers by year.
LG Super S
Que Super S

 

Romans and Galatians United in Christ

We are Galatians and Romans
We were created by God to enjoy him and bring Him glory.
On the field, in the classroom, on the stage, in all we do …
We compete for an Audience of One
Our identity doesn’t come from our performance,
We are identified with Christ and that changes our performance
We push ourselves for His sake,
Pressing on toward the goal to win the prize
For which God has called us heavenward.
We persevere with our eyes fixed on our Captain.
We compete fearlessly and faithfully knowing that
He does not love us any more when we win
And does not love us any less when we lose.
We compete with the hearts of Champions
Strengthened by the fellowship of His Spirit and
Supported by the encouragement of our red or blue opponents
In all things, we live and compete by
God First, Others Second, I’m Third
We have made this our goal for these two weeks
And we’ll run with that same purpose as we leave here today.
We will fight the good fight, we will finish the race.
To know Him and make him known
To lift high his banner at church, at school, at home.
This is the outcome of our striving together –
The display of His glory.
Let the Flag Fly … The Glory Goes to God!