St. Simons Island - My Family Travels

                 Last summer I took my first trip out of the state without my parents. My sister and I along with the rest of the youth from my church spent four days in St. Simons Island, Georgia. We all crammed ourselves into the minivan and were on our way, but the car ride is a totally different story then the story I am going to tell you about.

            The trip I am going to tell you about left a big mark on my heart and I learned so much about my peers and about myself. We all stayed together in a cabin on the camp grounds of this camp in which we were introduced to groups of people from other churches around the United States. We were given a schedule to follow in which we had to be at a certain place at a certain time. We spent most of our time together in the Tabby House though.

            The Tabby House is a place where we talked and learned all about God and his impact on our lives and participated in some quality bonding time together. We spent the rest of the day playing board games because it was too cold outside to do anything else. Later that night, we had a bonfire to warm up. We all grabbed our comfy pajamas and sleeping bags and got cozy next to the fire and sang campfire songs. It was enlightening.

            The next morning, after a late night of marshmallows and singing, we planned out the day’s events while eating a nutritious breakfast. We planned to drive to the St. Simons Island Lighthouse on the beach and later go on a scavenger hunt in the graveyards. We came across some pretty ancient tombstones. We also went to the fort and learned the history of the tribes the lived there. Even though the weather was chilly, we had a good time anyway.

            The next morning was Sunday morning, and instead of attending the mass church ceremony, we decided to have our own private gathering in the campus church. We had a candle light ceremony and praised the lord with songs from our hearts. We then had a heart-to-heart moment when we all wrote good things about each other and took turns reading aloud what everyone wrote about one another. It was memorable. We spent the rest of the day bonding and taking a lot of pictures. It was our last day after all, so we enjoyed games like red-rover and ladder. We had a blast. We stayed up the rest of the night, and really regretted it in the morning when it was time to leave. We packed our bags and headed home.

            I learned so much about my faith, and how god is with me in everything I do. I also learned about friendship and love, and that will stay with me forever.

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