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    To go along with Matt's thread on camps I thought I would start one about the craziest rules you have experienced at a camp. I will start with a few from my own experiences:
    *****Disclaimer- you may not think some of these are crazy. Just my opinion!*****

    1) One camp I went to required all the teen boys and girls sit on opposite sides. Some will say that is a good rule because it keeps their minds on the preaching, and eliminates temptation. I say it makes you tune out the speaker because your ticked you can't sit next to your girlfrind, but instead next to some stinky 7th grader who hasn't showered (or changed his underwear) all week.
    2) Another camp required your teams line to be completely straight, or you could not enter the building. This may not seem crazy but we would sometimes sit outside in the heat for 30 minutes because some idiot thought it was funny to stand crooked in the line.
    3) Required individual devo's (camp talk for devotions!). Again, you may say this is not a crazy rule. The cazy part was each person was required to walk around the camp in a time of prayer right after breakfast. It reminded me of one of those zombie movies, were the people are walking around half dazed, pretending to be in earnest, steadfast prayer. P.S. all the adults were in the chapel discussing the days events, leaving hundereds of teenagers to themselves.
    Now the next couple will probably offend a few so be warned.
    4) Most of the swimming rules seemed crazy. For example, at one camp girls had to wear coulottes in the pool. (and I'm not talking about when boys were around. I'm talking when it was only girls in the pool!). Another camp didn't require them to wear coulottes in the pool, but they were not allowed to wear two piece. Again, only girls in the pool. I spoke at one camp that required the boys to wear pants while swimming. Of course when I asked the camp director why you required them to wear pants in the pool he said for modesty issues. My response was then why do you require them to take gang showers? I'm happy to say that the following year I was asked to come back and they had changed the rule allowing the boys to wear shorts, and they made private shower stalls (my contribution to society!).

    I could go on and on, but here's a few to get you started.

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    At Camp Joy (school camp) the ladies were required to wear coulottes & a shirt while swimming. And we didn't swim in a pool. I could have handled my clothes smelling like chlorine. The issue was trying to stand up in the water with clothes that were wet & clingy.

    The girls had individual showers (not for the entire floor, though). The female teachers were given a room on the next floor with a private bathroom. (Basically like a hotel room).

    I can't remember for sure, but I think boys & girls had to sit at separate tables at meals & in the chapel. (It's been a few years). ONCE??? Help me out here.

    Individual (as well as cabin) devos were required daily.

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    Lost,

    I laughed so hard I cried!

    Wearing pants in the pool but nekkid (as a group) in the shower!!!
    Oh MY!!!!

    Wish I had a rec left to give you...
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    Amazed,

    I did the same when I saw it. It took everything in my being to not mention it in my message that evening. I will never forget the expression on the camp director's face when I called him on the gang showers, while wearing jeans in the pool. His expression is engraved in my mind!!
    Sometimes (well, most of the time IMHO) IFBx's can turn an innocent thing, liking swimming with your friends, into a giant fiasco (see screens and mauve shirts for examples).
    I forgot to mention the best part. They had to walk about 1/5 of a mile from the pool to their cabins (and I use the word cabin lightly). Have you ever tried walking in wet jeans? I felt so bad for them! The camp director had to drive me back to the cabin because I was wearing shorts (oooooooowwwwwwww!!!!). When I get to the cabin there are dozens of boys standing outside their cabin nude. The cousellors wouldn't let them in because they would have made a mess with their wet jeans and shirts. I understand why they weren't letting them in, it was just the irony of it all. Swim with pants because of modesty, however, stand outside in the nude because you are too wet to go in, then take a gang shower with a half dozen boys. It's not that most of us have not done the latter two at camp when we were teenagers. It's adding in the part about the swimming with pants that makes it all so ironic and funny.
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    Certainly this was not an all boys camp. I understand the girls cabins would be placed far away from the boys cabins...but that does not stop girls from viewing the outside area around the boys cabins...

    Honestly, as a parent, I would be offended by the lack of modesty in forcing my son to stand outside of a cabin absolutely naked.

    What were these people thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmazedbyGrace View Post
    What were these people thinking.
    Um.......they weren't???

    I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin....
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    He that will not is a bigot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost (Years) View Post
    To go along with Matt's thread on camps I thought I would start one about the craziest rules you have experienced at a camp. I will start with a few from my own experiences:
    *****Disclaimer- you may not think some of these are crazy. Just my opinion!*****

    1) One camp I went to required all the teen boys and girls sit on opposite sides. Some will say that is a good rule because it keeps their minds on the preaching, and eliminates temptation. I say it makes you tune out the speaker because your ticked you can't sit next to your girlfrind, but instead next to some stinky 7th grader who hasn't showered (or changed his underwear) all week.
    2) Another camp required your teams line to be completely straight, or you could not enter the building. This may not seem crazy but we would sometimes sit outside in the heat for 30 minutes because some idiot thought it was funny to stand crooked in the line.
    3) Required individual devo's (camp talk for devotions!). Again, you may say this is not a crazy rule. The cazy part was each person was required to walk around the camp in a time of prayer right after breakfast. It reminded me of one of those zombie movies, were the people are walking around half dazed, pretending to be in earnest, steadfast prayer. P.S. all the adults were in the chapel discussing the days events, leaving hundereds of teenagers to themselves.
    Now the next couple will probably offend a few so be warned.
    4) Most of the swimming rules seemed crazy. For example, at one camp girls had to wear coulottes in the pool. (and I'm not talking about when boys were around. I'm talking when it was only girls in the pool!). Another camp didn't require them to wear coulottes in the pool, but they were not allowed to wear two piece. Again, only girls in the pool. I spoke at one camp that required the boys to wear pants while swimming. Of course when I asked the camp director why you required them to wear pants in the pool he said for modesty issues. My response was then why do you require them to take gang showers? I'm happy to say that the following year I was asked to come back and they had changed the rule allowing the boys to wear shorts, and they made private shower stalls (my contribution to society!).

    I could go on and on, but here's a few to get you started.
    Sounds like the camps we went too except for the boy scout camp and I not posting those stories.

    You overlooked the Scripture memory contest where you had to quote so many verses. The next year selected verses quoted on the last full day because of a couple kids quoted 1000's of verses and could not remember most when questioned.
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    Oh ya. How could I leave out the scripture memory contests? That's a whole new thread!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost (Years) View Post
    Oh ya. How could I leave out the scripture memory contests? That's a whole new thread!!!
    Did they make them do that in the nude too? Or were they allowed to wear soaking wet blue jeans???

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    Fully clothed, with skirts to the floor for the girls, and ties for the boys. And yes, this was a "summer" camp. Now when I was a 12 year old boy (and not yet exposed to the IFBX lifestyle) I went to a non denominational Christian camp that was held at a college. We stayed in the dorms, ate in the college dining hall, and played in the college gym (and no, this was a large private college in Florida, not a Christian college). I remember walking through the dorms with a couple of friends one day and got lost and ended up in the girls dorm shower room. Needless to say that was the best year of camp ever!!! (because I won the scripture memory verse contest for my age group. What were you thinking?)

 

 

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