Middle Schoolers – They Get It!
July 22, 2015
By Maddie Wise
The thing that one would probably look forward to most when applying to be a summer intern here at Mt. Bethel would be hanging out with the students: beginning to build personal relationships with them, getting excited to share what God has taught you, and answering their billions of questions. Looking at it from the perspective of a past student who was involved in the Student Ministries, I can safely say that I was personally impacted by pretty much all of the previous summer interns, and I was granted with the wonderful opportunity to give back. Other than helping prepare and teach weekly Sunday school and summer Bible studies, the entire team gets to go on, lead, teach, and chaperone the summer trips. The most recent one was FUSE.
If you have no idea what that is, FUSE is a week-long “adventure” camp where middle school students, rising 7th and 8th graders, spend tons of time participating in team-based challenges, worship, listening to a wonderful speaker, small-group time, white water rafting, horseback riding, super difficult scavenger hunts, and so much more! FUSE is constantly teaching teamwork through games and activities with your groups. It is a true bonding experience, and I was thrilled to be able to build relationships with the students and dive into who we are in Christ and how we are His masterpiece. It was a very relevant and applicable topic to this group of students, I loved hearing their commentary and how much it made them think. It is such a difficult time in their life, and it is important that they know who they are and whose they are during these transition years.
One of the very first things we did at the camp was to get into our teams, and we got to meet the students we’d be spending the week with. I’ve always been told never to underestimate middle schoolers and, man, that is probably the truest statement I have ever heard. These kids blew me out of the water. All of the team names were acronyms, and since the theme all week was dealing with identity in God, the kids came up with “iOS 11.” It stood for “Investigating Ourselves,” and they were 11 in our group. That was the first thing we did. The kids came up with that all by themselves! My co-leader and I just explained what the task was, and they took it and ran with it. I’m sure you can guess the amazing things that the kids showed me throughout the week as well. You honestly learn so much from spending time with students, and what they say will shock you – they get it. They go from being the biggest goofballs one minute to speaking total Truth. It’s incredible; they end up teaching you as much or even more than you could ever try to teach them.