Oasis was a session that certainly lived up to the imagery in its name. An oasis is a place of rest and refreshment in the midst of harsh conditions. Similarly, Oasis Family Camp had a refreshing atmosphere of community spirit among both staff and campers. Most of the families were returning for at least their third year, if not many more, and the gladness that they felt as each returning friend arrived was evident. The staff have also worked together for a number of years, and their team cohesion added to the sense of camaraderie. This unique atmosphere is not one to be taken for granted; it’s a gift from God!
The VBS theme that was adapted for Oasis camp use was centered around the idea that life can have ups and downs, but God is good throughout them all. Safari decor abounded as the kids learned about the goodness of God through skits, songs, and videos about different kinds of animals. There were certainly plenty of kiddos to go around - about fifty kids under the age of 10 kept a youthful air around the camp.
Oasis leaders have created traditions around certain events in their schedule, from fireworks to wagon rides to a beach fair to the obstacle course on the last full day. One tradition that was particularly engaging was the visit from Zoo to You, where the kids got pumped about seeing, touching and learning about everything from a chameleon to a sugar glider to an alligator.
Beautiful weather abounded for Oasis, though the evenings were becoming cool. As the children’s programs wound up for the night, the Town Hall would become more and more thickly populated by parents and staff enjoying diverse numbers of board games. The gym also had its moments as the venue for intense basketball competitions. No lack of fun, that’s for sure!
We at camp were thankful to have been able to share in the Oasis experience this summer!