Fall Breakaway 2016

This past September, CWE Summit students headed out to camp for the 1st annual Fall Breakaway.  With the hope of breaking our students away from the mundane and repetitive temptations of high school life, we piled into the camp buses and spent the evening together as one body, one community, and one family in the one place where it all began.  It’s hard to describe how good a hot-dog tastes when you’re eating it on the tennis courts, and even harder to describe the ease in conversation when hiking to the Cross.  But for those who have experienced these things, and much more, there’s no better way to spend your September Friday night than at Breakaway.  The evening started off with some good ole’ eating and relaxation “Red, White, and Blue” style.  Post dinner came some pre-worship reflection and devotional time as the sun was setting.  On our way to the shore-line, we pit-stopped at the fishing pond for some guided prayer along the lit-up trees of the Osage Forest.  

Finally, we gathered at the foot of the cross and sang together, proclaiming our adoration for a God whose relentless command that we praise Him bids us to not settle for anything less than our completed joy.  We are grateful for the grace and love of our Lord that continues to manifest itself in people’s lives inside the gates of CWE.  To me, Camp War Eagle has meant constant joy and transformative relationships.  To others, camp has meant freedom from sorrow and rebirth of passion.  To others, the discovery of Christ and the dedication of life.  But to most of our awesome summit students, camp is just camp; it is the joy unexplainable, the growth undeniable, and the family ever-faithful.  And this is why we break away: to still our hearts, quiet our minds, and remember our God, the great I AM, who was and is and is to come and will always be worthy of our praise.

Written by: Scott Jones

Paint War 2016

Paint War this year was AWESOME! After the long summer of camp, we miss our Ozone students so much! Our kickoff event is one of my favorite special events because for the first time since last year, all of the cities get together and celebrate the beginning of the new year together. This is an event our students look forward to each year.

This year, we unveiled a new twist, a throwback to an old camp event mixed with gallons of paint! We split into four color teams, Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow, each led by their own color captain. There were over 20 games that teams had to complete to earn points for their team. Paint Chur Shoes featured a huge bucket of paint that each team member helped hold up, and once each member successfully got one shoe off, they completed their task. But most teams ended up with at least one member COVERED with green paint!

My favorite part of the event is the DANCE PARTY. Everyone has gotten coated with paint throughout the games, but the pink paint stuck behind their ears and in their hair was yet to come out. Everyone waited in anticipation for the winner to be announced, and at the moment the DJ yelled “YELLOW TEAM!” a cloud of powder paint flew into the air! Kids danced to The Monkey and followed each leader, begging for more paint to cover the last bit of white on their shirts. The energy was so high as friends from camp and Ozone reconnected, regardless of the school or city they’re from, through lots of paint, laughter, and a whole lot of FUN! That is what makes Paint War truly unforgettable!

Written by: Erin Suchy