Jimmy the Raccoon shares some of his Base Camp homework

I was over at church today, and let me say that it is rapidly being transformed. You won’t believe it when you see it! Did anyone draw a picture of what they think a jungle might look like? Well, while I was there, Jimmy the Raccoon showed me his and told me that he had talked to some of our teens about the jungle in Brazil. Check out his picture. What do you think? Is it close or not? I guess we’ll have to wait and see….

Jimmy's Jungle

Jimmy the Raccoon’s Base Camp homework drawing of a jungle.

In the meantime, according to Jimmy, the teens say that the jungle they saw in Brazil was very green. There were lots of palm trees, other plants, and the weather temperatures averaged in the 80’s. This sounds about like our ‘normal’ summer temps, but the amazing thing is that in Brazil it is winter time. Can you imagine it being 80’s in the winter? We would NEVER see snow! It also seems like it rained a little each day, but it wasn’t too bad. Christopher told Jimmy that the first night they were there and sleeping in tents that they heard a lion roar. I couldn’t believe this. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t think lions lived in Brazil or in the jungle. I might have guessed that it was a jaguar or tiger, but not a lion. It turns out that the boys were RIGHT, except that this lion is only there because he is part of a nearby zoo. Whew!

As Jimmy and I talked, we both admitted that we might be a little nervous visiting a jungle with wild animals. Luckily we were looking through pictures from the Brazil trip. It seems that some of our leaders are pretty handy with hatchets and machetes. As long as we don’t stand too close, we should be pretty safe. (Jimmy assures me that Pauly is quite okay now, and it was a pretend pose.) Plus, I know that Pastor Craig wouldn’t take us anywhere too dangerous. Jimmy isn’t quite so certain as something unexpected ALWAYS seems to happen to him.

Jungle Leaders

Part of the mission team to Brazil and some of your possible leaders!

So, check out a couple of the Brazil pictures below to see if they look like how you thought a jungle might appear. Isn’t it amazing that God made so many different types of places (mountains, deserts, jungles, oceans…) in the world that are all special and unique! Do you think you’d like to live in a jungle?

Jungle Animal

Jungle Animal in Brazil


Jimmy’s drawing doesn’t show this!

Don’t forget to invite your friends to our adventure! It is almost here!

Less than A WEEK until Base Camp 2012!

WOW!!!! Can you believe it? There is less than a week until Base Camp 2012 starts on July 29th! This year’s title is FOUND. Can you even imagine what we are going to experience during the week? In previous years we’ve been to the old west, the belly of a whale, and even seen time travel! At this point, I know about as much as you do in terms of what is in store for us. The only clues we really have are in the title and the previous info that it takes place in the jungle.

So, let’s think about this….

  1. If something is “FOUND”, it might first be what?
  2. If you look at the word “FOUND” in the logo, the letter “O” looks different. What is it a picture of? Do you know what that thing is used for?
    The Found "O" with a compass inside
  3. Jungle. Have you ever been to a jungle? What do you think a jungle is like? I have never been to a jungle. What do you think we might see in a jungle? Will there be different animals and plants? Is it hot or cold? Rainy or dry? We have students that just went to a jungle in Brazil. Maybe we should ask them what the jungle is like. If you know one of these students, ask them and share what they tell you! Even if you can’t ask someone, share what you think below or draw a picture of what you think a jungle might be like. If you draw a picture, I’d love to see it and know your leaders would too!

Before we get started on this adventure, though, there are a couple of important things we should do.

  1. Make sure your parents register you online here. You can register any night, but online registration helps everyone plan as well as us get started on time.
  2. Every adventure is more fun with friends, so invite others to come and join us.
  3. Pray for a great week with your friends and hearing the “big picture” of God’s plan for redemption.

The countdown is on!


9 days. 1 hour. 6 minutes. The jungle. Lost. Epic. Good and evil. Songs. Games. The “big picture” of God’s plan of redemption.

Found logo - Base Camp 2012

The countdown is on. Register now, before it’s too late.


Photo by BrewBooks.

It’s coming!

There are just two short weeks until Base Camp 2012!

Actors are preparing, videos are being shot, puppeteers are in training, counselors are studying and praying. Much is happening in preparation for this special event!

Don’t miss it! Come to Forest Hills Baptist Church July 29 through August 2 to find out what is lost…and what is FOUND!