Over spring break, Dana and I took the kids to a super fun “family camp” hosted by St. Augustine Young Life at Carolina Point (a Young Life property in NC.) I wanted to post the experience just for fun but also to spread the word about these wonderful retreats Young Life offers for families. Most of the time, a “camp” planned in the Fall or Spring will be driven by your local area. But, if you’re looking for a week long top-of-the-line version of this during the summer, you’ve got to check out Trail West in Colorado. We haven’t been there since the kids were small and Dana was on staff but oh my gosh, WHAT a week. We were blessed to spend a month there once on assignment and also attended two different weeks with families from Pinellas County. I really hope we’ll be able to do that again soon because the kids hardly remember it and now they’re old enough for the rafting!
We LOVED our time at Carolina Point! We had so much fun as a family and lots of good times with friends too. The kids would tell you they love the extra freedom they can have on the Young Life property, running around with friends, playing basketball or octoball, hanging out in the game room or snack bar. If you’re looking for something like this, contact your local area director (or the closest one to you!)
We started off our time with Davis’ birthday so we brought a few decorations and gifts. My baby can’t possibly be 8!??
Harness up, climb and jump. Davis had a tough time at the top but he was proud of himself afterward. Especially after some attention from the ladies at the bottom. His plan all along?
Hoedown Night with a dance through the ages…
Fun team relays, mattress pass, egg toss, shovel pull…
This zip line was like nothing I’ve ever seen/done before. Just totally amazing. Logan and Max here on the last and shortest leg. The section before this is a half mile long!
After camp was over we spent another couple days in the mountains with our friends Ed and Beth and their boys. We found some cool trails with an old school house and church. Had to get some portraits in that beautiful light, despite the lack of polished outfits/hair/etc. I think I love them even more this way though. And that moment when Mary was “preaching” and Davis put his head down on the altar… priceless.