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Camp Wapo 2021

by Bristol Reading
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Zion had 54 campers, 1st-12th grade, attend Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp this July. Although church staff couldn’t be onsite for the whole week this year at Wapo, Angela Bengtson and I were excited to go for a day visit. Here’s what our day was like…

We spent the morning at Camp Wapo. For COVID safety, Wapo’s daily chapel service was held outdoors this year, but students were just as enthusiastic about dancing and singing! After chapel, campers split into their cabin groups for Bible study. Angela and I each joined a different cabin group of Zion campers to learn with them about the Old Testament prophet Amos. After Bible Study, we played some field games and delivered all the cards parishioners had written for Zion campers. We made sure to visit with as many Zion campers as we could, and of course, snap some photos of them enjoying their time at camp. Over lunch, we got to catch up with Pastor Suzi, former Zion Associate Pastor who now serves as Wapo’s Director of Programs and Retreats. Pastor Suzi is doing great and loving camp life!

In the afternoon, Angela and I went over to Wapo’s second site, Ox Lake, to visit Zion’s middle and high school students. Campers were spending the afternoon on the lake, so we hiked out to join them. We hadn’t packed our swimming suits, but I did get to go canoeing with some Zion campers – who were great paddlers! When we got back to camp, we shared snacks and conversations with campers until dinner time. With perfect timing, a downpour arrived just as we were all sitting down for tacos, but we were still happy for the much-needed rain. After dinner, Angela and I said farewell and headed back to Buffalo. Thanks, Wapo staff and Zion campers for making our first visit to Wapo so fun!

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