Tracking Life Change: Brave Girl 2013
At Real Life Church, our main goal in everything we do is life change. We strive to help people build relationships with Christ because it’s through that relationship that our ordinary lives can become amazing. In this miniseries, we’ll explore three youth-centric summer events – youth retreat, Brave Girl, and Braveheart boys’ camp – to see how lives were reached.
We had three goals for Brave Girl Camp. Our first goal was to grow as individuals in our relationship with God; to have a better understanding of how much God loves us, the value He places on us, and that He’s uniquely designed us with a plan and purpose. We called this Kingdom Vision.
Our second goal was to grow in our relationships with each other as a community of faith. We called this Kingdom Perspective. Our third goal was for each of us to leave camp stronger, braver and shining brighter for Jesus than when we came in. We called this Kingdom Example.
One of the songs that we sang with the girls was called “Gold” by Britt Nicole:
So don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not loved
And don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not enough
There are days that we all feel like we’re messed up
But the truth is that we’re all diamonds in the rough
So don’t be ashamed to wear your crown
You’re a king, you’re a queen, inside and out
You glow like the moon, you shine like the stars
This is for you, wherever you are.
One of the activities we did to bring this point home was called T-shirt Tag. The camp counselors wore a white t-shirt which all of the campers marked up by chasing them around the field with sharpie pens. We told the girls that the ugly marks on the shirts represented all of the lies we have been told about ourselves by this world and the enemy of our lives. We then had the girls take the shirts and transform the ugly marks into something beautiful by replacing the ugly marks with the beautiful truths of what God says about us. It was so powerful to listen and watch as the girls t-shirts and perspectives changed as they put into action through words and art the truth of God’s love and the value He places on each one of us.
Overall, Brave Girl Camp was a royal success. The campers went home with a better understanding that they are daughters of the King, princesses from the inside out, precious jewels created by the hand of the living God. And because of that, they can go out into the world and hold their crown-adorned head up high and bravely shine for Him as His Kingdom subjects!
–Shelley and Kelly