An affordable and fun family vacation and an opportunity to belong in community was the goal of the trip. With that idea in mind, the Orchard Hill North: Family Camping Trip was planned.
From July 9 through the 14th, around 120 people enjoyed a week at Baker State Park in Minnesota. Baker Park campground is situated on beautiful Lake Independence. “Our group took up half of one loop at Baker Park,” commented Karla Chestnut, trip organizer. “All age ages were represented, from retired couples in their 70’s to young families. We had 14 kids under 4 on the trip as well as a group of teenagers.”
Curt and Brenda Patterson prepared and provided all of the meals using Orchard Hill’s Chuchwagon. With the help of families, they cooked a hot breakfast and supper and everyone packed sack lunches after breakfast.
After breakfast the kids played while the adults participated in small group time. Then families had free time until supper. Many swam, fished, kayaked, or took a day trip into Minneapolis to visit the zoo or the mall. After dinner there was kid-friendly worship and a night session followed by a campfire, cards and conversation.
The theme of the week was B.L.E.S.S., a way of being with people. B is for Begin with Prayer. L is for Listening with care, E is for eating together, S is for serving humbly with love, when you listen to people and you eat with them, they teach you how to love them and you will know how to serve them. The final S is for share your story. When you live the B.L.E.S.S. way you will hear people’s stories and you will be able to share your story, including how you have encountered Jesus along the way. “Many people connected with this as we had a chance to share many meals together,” continued Karla.
“We had such a great week! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!” Jamie Recker shared via Facebook. Melissia Johnson echoed, “Had such a fantastic week with all of you.”
The next family camping trip is being planned for the summer of 2019. Stay tuned for details or contact Karla Chestnut at email@example.com.