By John Warren
BIG SANDY, Texas--Organizers of Youth Camp 2006 at the Church of God Big Sandy broadened their horizons to include all of creation in this year's focus for the four-day event.
The theme, "Exploring God's Universe," was evident throughout the church building, with elaborate decorations including colorful depictions of planets suspended from the ceiling.
The camp ran June 19-22 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day and was coordinated by Sharon Wilson of Tyler, Carol Bald of Gladewater, Reesa Bearse of Hawkins and Angela Dunnam of Pritchett. All four ladies had children in the camp.
When asked who came up with the theme, Mrs. Wilson explained: "It was a joint effort with the four coordinators, and we usually brainstorm and also get ideas from the Internet or local Christian stores and, of course, our own children."
A world of help
The campers ranged in age from 4 to 12 and were divided into three age-groups, with each having counselors and at least one assistant.
Because of the number of campers in level one, the counselors divided that level into two groups.
One counselor for level one was Bonnie Reed of Big Sandy, assisted by her daughter Savannah.
Jeanie Roden of Hawkins was the other counselor, assisted by Della Worden of Big Sandy.
Karen Weese of Big Sandy was the counselor for level two, assisted by Christine Wilson of Big Sandy. The level-three counselor was Sharon Burgin, assisted by her daughter Candice Self, both of Big Sandy.