Today was another great day!
The kids learned from George Washington about the miracles that he witnessed throughout his life. He told a story about when he was a British officer in the French and Indian War. Although he had warned his superior, General Bradford, that marching into war in the traditional British way would make them vulnerable, his warnings went un-heeded and resulted in the loss of many lives. Only one British officer came through that battle unwounded, and that was George Washington. When the battle was over, he noticed 4 bullet holes in his uniform. At that moment it was clear to him that he had been protected by a divine hand. Many years later, the Indian chief that had led the Indians in the attack against the British sought diligently to meet the man that could not be killed. He told Washington that he had received a vision from the great spirit. That vision prophesied that George Washington would become the ruler of a great nation. As we all know, this prophecy was fulfilled.
The kids also got to hear from Joan of Arc who shared her story of being led in her divine mission to free France. At only 12 years old, an angel appeared and revealed her mission to her. When she was 19, her call came and she left home to meet the prince and crown him King. Many laughed at her because she was not only young, but she was a woman. These nay sayers soon discovered that Joan was truly capable of fullfilling exactly what she had set out to do. They then fought along side her in her divine mission. Sadly, Joan was later betrayed and captured by the British who, after being unsuccessful in their attempts to persuade her to deny her divine mission, was burned at the stake. However, Joan did fulfill what she was called to do. Prince Charles was crowned King and France gained their independence.
The kids also learned about the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party. The Sons of Liberty were fed up with being over-taxed. One evening, when a new shipment of tea sat in 3 boats in the Boston harbor, the Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Indians and boarded the boats, directing the men who were watching the cargo to go to the bottom of the ship. Then, they opened up all the crates and dumped all the tea into the Boston Harbor. The they swept and mopped the deck before allowing the men in the bottom of the boat to come back up. The only damage done was the tea. They did not harm the ship, or the men who watched over it.
Lastly, the kids learned the story behind the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. Sitting on a boat as a captive of the British, Francis Scott Key watched as the British tried without success to destroy the fort and the flag that waved above it. In the morning, the flag was still standing. The sight of the flag waving triumphantly inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that later became our National Anthem. After learning about our National Anthem, the kids were able to shoot off bottle rockets. They had so much fun!
We are looking forward to another fun day tomorrow! Don't forget- Camp Begins at 9:00 AM so please have your kids there a few minutes early so that we can start promptly at 9. We want to make sure our presenters have time to tell their amazing stories.