Last week, Whimbrel introduced us to the new Bible Ex curriculum. This week, hear what the team who developed the curriculum has to say!
I am so thankful for a team of writers who volunteer their time to work on this curriculum. This team is made up of staff alumnae and current staff members who are dedicated to the mission of camp, are passionate about Bible Ex, and have gifting and experience in writing curriculum. I asked a few them some questions so that they could share with you their valuable perspectives. (Emily “Whimbrel” Case)
Why did you volunteer to write Bible Ex curriculum?
“I actually really enjoy writing Bible Exes! It’s a lot of fun to dig into a scripture passage and think ‘how do I explain this awesome truth to them in a way that is relatable and understandable?’ I get nerdy excited about stuff like that. Plus, I see what a difference it makes for our campers to have our Bible Exes tailored towards our camp core values from the get-go, so I’m super stoked to be a part of the team for that.” (Maycie “Nali” Schmidt, CCA staff 2014—present)
“I love coming up with creative ways that bring out new insight in the scriptures. I love meditating on a passage for several days at a time and coming up with activities or questions or connections that would allow the girls to view God or the scriptures in new ways or with new perspectives.” (Kathryn “Manny” Nicholl, New England Camp Cedarbrook staff 2013—2014, CCA staff 2016—present)
“I was really excited about helping to write the new Bible Ex curriculum because it has been a while since I’ve had the chance to write and lead Bible Ex sessions. Since this is such an integral part of the entire Camp Cedarbrook experience I felt that it was important to take time in prayer and studying the scriptures to make sure that the new curriculum was meaningful and applicable.” (Emily “Rusty” Scoles, CCA staff 2005—2013)
“I was excited to be part of writing the new Bible Ex curriculum because I know how much of an impact it can have on a camper. I still remember that the messiness of trying to put toothpaste back into a toothpaste tube. Trying to take back words after we’ve said them is just as messy. There are some Bible Ex lessons that campers will carry with them for life.” (Lorrie “Dakota” Murdock, CCA staff 2008—present)
What do you love about Bible Ex at camp?
“When I was a camper I felt empowered by it. I learned the skills to go deep with scripture and I got a chance to process thoughts with my peers and counselors. It was fun and engaging, as well as real-life applicable. As a counselor, I enjoyed that it was structured, but there was a lot of flexibility to make it my own. I was empowered as a leader, and had to really dig into passages to teach them well.” (Mary “Penny” Plock Cooper, CCA staff 2004—2011)
“I love that Bible Ex gives the girls a chance to think about and then also do something about their relationship with God. Being able to have a small group to talk with about the Bible is a more personal way of approaching studying the Bible, and the girls are able to ask questions that they need answered.” (Rusty)
“I think that the Bible Ex time is so valuable and important. It is a time where you can dive deeper into the Bible and into topics/questions that are relevant to your group of girls. I love that it is done in small groups and that the counselor has the freedom to adapt the curriculum to best meet the needs of her campers.” (Jenny “Skylar” Johnson, CCA staff 2001—2011, current board member )
Why are you excited about the new curriculum we are implementing?
“It is written by camp women who have gone through Bible Ex as campers and who have taught Bible Ex and I think that brings valuable insight that a general curriculum does not provide. I am excited for all the new ideas for activities, ‘tooks,’ and ways to explore the scriptures that incorporate camp’s purpose and philosophy.” (Manny)
“I am excited about the new curriculum because it is more adapted to the way we do Bible Ex at camp and to the specific needs of the girls.” (Skylar)