Big God, Not Big Bang, Big Hit with UCC Teens

by Megan McCormick, February 20, 2018

Teen Retreat at Camp MiVoden the last weekend of January, 2018, was a fun filled weekend.

   The last weekend in January, nearly two hundred teen Pathfinders and their staff descended on Camp MiVoden for a fun-filled weekend known as “Pathfinder Teen Retreat.” Teens came from all over Upper Columbia Conference, with some even attending from Montana. New faces intermingled with old, as new friendships were kindled, and old friendships were renewed. 
   This year’s speaker, Stan Hudson, Director of the NPUC Creation Study Center, came to the retreat with the intention “to encourage young people to leave with a stronger faith in God and the Biblical account.”  Teens listened attentively as he delved into topics such as dinosaurs and the Bible, carbon dating, Darwin and evolution, Creation and the Flood, and the fossil record, all the while providing great evidence for a Creationist viewpoint.  According to Mr. Hudson, our worldview depends on the glasses through which we are looking.
  The worship talks this year held the full attention of six year staff attendee Darlene Bitton. “I really enjoyed the speaker; I was able to come away with more information about Creation, along with clarified information about the Behemoth spoken of in the book of Job.”     
   God’s timing was perfect for Carly Haeger, Brewster Blazers Pathfinder, who will be studying Evolution in her schoolwork later on this year. She said, “I got a lot of examples of proof that God did create the world, proof that the Flood did happen, and proof that God does care about us. I felt myself growing closer to God and to everyone else who attended.”  
   Andrew Silas, a first time staff attendee from the Deer Park Mountaineers, was delighted to have his Pathfinders there to learn more about God. He too appreciated the worship talks, stating, “I really enjoyed the lectures on Creation. I am inspired to go and do more studies on the Creation story so I can share with others.
   Sabbath morning, teens were split into groups of eight or more, and sent on a scavenger hunt known as ‘The Amazing Race’ all over lower Camp MiVoden. The objective was to complete team-building challenges while learning more about dinosaurs and Creation. Participants were surprised at how simple yet difficult the tasks were! 
   In the afternoon, teens spent time turning old sweaters into useful items for those less fortunate. In total, thirteen sets of mittens, eighty-five hats, eighty-four scarves, and twenty waterproof backpack covers were created and donated to local homeless shelters. 
    Throughout the weekend, Jam Time provided an opportunity for those musically inclined to come together and make beautiful music. Teens and staff brought guitars, a ukulele, a flute, and their voices, and had a wonderful time ‘jamming’ together.  
   A new addition by request of previous attendees was the ‘Lounge’.  Here teens found a cozy place to play board games, ping-pong, and hang out. Shaylee McConnel, Hayden Lake Ponderosa Pathfinder, said, “My favorite part about Teen Retreat was being able to hang out with friends.” The Lounge provided the perfect place to do so.
     Overall, this year’s Teen Retreat was a fun, educational, and spiritual time for all in attendance. Noah Wenburg, Hermiston Pathfinder, fittingly summed it up when he said, “I really enjoyed the speaker. I found my faith strengthened through his talks, and I learned a lot of new things.”
Megan McCormick is a teen Pathfinder from the Deer Park Mountaineers Pathfinder club.

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