For the past four days I have been at Summit from morning to night. Summit is the annual Awana youth gathering where more than 800 teens converged on Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois to have fun, learn about God’s Word and compete in Bible Quizzing, volleyball, AwanaGames and six areas of Fine Arts.

For the past several years, I have been head judge for the Creative Writing competition – always fascinating to see what the kids are writing.  Kids send us  preliminary writing sample and then write a second piece on site.

I spent a lot of time this year talking to leaders and kids, finding out what they liked and didn’t like.

Also, I checked wrist bands at the volleyball tournament (30 teams eliminated until one was left) and watched the 25 AwanaGame go from 25 to 1. I think someone told me that we started with 120 Bible Quizzing teams. Those were eliminated until 10 teams were left for the platinum round at the closing ceremony and then those went down to one.

The speaker, a pastor who grew up in Awana, was extremely good and well-received.

All in all, a great time!

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