YOUNG VOICES: You'll enjoy Campus Life activities

2013-10-07T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: You'll enjoy Campus Life activitiesBy Saira Nelson nwitimes.com
October 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Campus Life is a youth group for all high school students. It is a place where students of all kinds come to have fun, tell their stories, and everyone gets along. No one judges anybody.

Students go and forget about the outside world. They make new friends, play games, and learn about God. Students who are not Christians go as well as students who are. It is a great way for students to be able to find themselves and figure things out.

After every meeting, everyone meets up at McDonald’s to eat, laugh, and have a great time.

Campus Life has a lot of fun activities.

They take two 100-foot tarps and stretch them across Chesterton High School’s campus and make slip-and-slides. They have a DJ and free food, and the students have a great time.

They also have a field trip overnight, called Riot, to Hidden Cove Sportsplex in Illinois. There you can ride go karts and play sports as well as so much more. Students get to stay up all night, have fun, eat free food, and hang out with friends.

Campus Life also holds a paint war. Students meet at Dogwood Park in Chesterton and go inside a huge dome with black lights. They have neon paint and Jell-O. The object is to get messy and have fun. Students wear all white to let the neon colors show more. Everyone always has a blast and wants to come back to the next meeting.

At the normal meetings (usually held at the high school), they call one volunteer from each grade level and do small fun activities. An example is when the leaders have the volunteers write down their most embarrassing moment and then randomly read them out loud to the audience. The audience has to guess whose moment it is.

Another example is when they call up four more people and give them a can of Mountain Dew. They have the four people call up a partner from the crowd. The partner takes off a sock and pulls it over the can of Mountain Dew. The original four people then have to chug it as fast as possible, trying to win the competition while trying not to think about the fact that there’s a dirty sock on the can. It sounds gross, but a lot of people find this entertaining and funny. The object of this activity is to test one’s faith.

Some students do not come to Campus Life because they believe it would be dumb, but others who do attend can argue it is the best thing that has happened to them.

I attend Campus Life. It is a great program. It exists all over the country.

I have a bunch of fun every time I go. I love meeting new people and having a great time. The leaders are all outgoing and willing to share their stories as well as listen to ours. They will go all out to get us laughing and smiling and having a good time.

The littlest things they do might seem small, but they can change a student’s life.

If you have never attended a meeting before, try coming sometime. Call around and find out all the details. You will not regret it.

Saira Nelson, of Porter, is a sophomore at Chesterton High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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