Girls are 'Captivated' at Dorm Retreat
This past weekend the ladies of the dorm experienced the annual Girl’s Dorm Retreat. We heard from speakers Mindy, Melenga, and Vivian, all long-time friends of Dean Melissa Mekelburg, on the topic of Captivated. Each young woman was faced with one question this year: what makes you captivating? The girls enjoyed breakout sessions such as bingo, crafts, a small obstacle course, and a prayer walk with each of the RA’s.
“This weekend Tristan and I were put in charge of having girls reflect on captivating women of the Bible,” says RA Jessica Singon, “it really humbles me to be reminded that everything works in God’s special plan to make us His captivating daughters.”
On Saturday evening we ended dorm retreat with a fun game of capture the ring and slowed the rest of the night down with a movie that had everyone laughing. “It’s really nice to have a fun weekend off of a busy schedule,” comments Josie Reeves, “It’s easy to get busy at Campion so just it’s nice to enjoy the time off.”
Dorm retreat was an overall wonderful experience and on behalf of the Girl’s Dorm thank you to all who contributed such as Mrs. Fagan, the Helms, both Dean Mekelburg and Dean Johnson, the RA’s, and our awesome speakers. To all of you reading this I leave you with one last question: what makes you captivating?
Article Written by Faith Paden, Senior
Guys' Disconnect from Distractions in the Outdoors
The Guys' dorm headed out to Mills Springs Ranch in Wyoming for their annual retreat. At the camp, they spent time together having worship and church services together in addition to enjoying outdoor activities. The speaker for the weekend was Head Dean, Daniel Force's father, Gary Force, pastor of the Durango and Pogosa Springs churches. After church on Sabbath, they went on a hike, went repelling, and practiced slack-lining.
"The best part was being able to grow closer as a dorm and getting to know everyone a little bit differently," reflected Connor Coe, RA.
Check out Connor's slideshow from the retreat!
Campion’s Outdoor Club spent the weekend camping above tree-line encircled by three of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners;” mountain peaks that rise above 14,000 feet. They were rewarded for braving a cold night in tents at a high elevation by glorious hiking weather and the opportunity to summit all three peaks in a full-day’s hike.
Starting from the Kite Lake trailhead outside of Alma, Colorado, the group went to the summits of Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Bross. For many students, taking on the challenge of reaching all three summits was the highlight of the trip. Freshman, Judah Hammond commented, “It was a great feeling of accomplishment completing all three fourteeners.”
While some students were seasoned mountain-climbing veterans, several students were attempting the feat for the first time. Cynthia Alvarez, sophomore, reflected, “I went on the trip to put myself out there, because I’m not usually a nature-loving person. This was the first time that I’ve actually enjoyed something like this. I was able to climb up to the saddle and I was proud of myself because I’m afraid of heights.”
Perhaps a highlight for the sponsors involved was that no one seemed to notice or care that there was no cell phone service or WIFI available. Students were able to relax and connect with God and each other while enjoying the beautiful scenery. “It was really cool to step outside my tent and be surrounded by the mountains,” said Grant Velbis, junior. “The view was phenomenal.”
Outdoor club events are open to all Campion students and are designed to encourage students to get active in God’s nature. They are looking forward to day-hikes, snow-ski trips, rock climbing and more throughout the school year.
Article by Jill Harlow
Photos by Jill Harlow, Yves Clouzet, and Ashley Reyes
This past weekend, the class of 2019 went on the annual Senior Survival trip to Glacier View Ranch. The trip consisted of various team activities, survival skills, and worships every morning and night. Although it may seem like a nice break from classes, the trip required hard work; we made our own shelters, cooked our own breakfasts and dinners, used an outhouse, and hardest of all, learned to trust our entire class.
“My favorite activity was the nitro-crossing,” said three-year senior Conner Cizek, “we all had to come together and think about how we were gonna get across, but eventually our team got it accomplished.” Other activities such as the spider-web, where a group had to get across a “spider-web” without touching the string, taught our whole class how to work as a team.
The spiritual theme for senior survival was memories. Each senior had the chance to tell his or her favorite memories, how God has used us, and a prayer that God has answered. Jessica Singon, two-year senior, responded that the most important lesson she learned through the trip was, “My broken history shouldn’t shape my future.”
Overall, Senior Survival was a great opportunity to grow closer to God, and to learn more about our classmates. All the seniors would like to give a huge thank you to our class sponsors, Dan Philpott, Zeca and Cindy Santana, as well as Pastor Esequias, Kent Kast, and Steve and Wendy Eickmann for all the hard work they put into the trip. We wouldn’t have been able to survive without you!
Article written by Sydney Michalenko, Senior at Campion Academy