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Some resources I have found helpful

Here is a pinterest board about candy bibles lessons. I'll keep adding to this one.
Candy Bibles

Here is a pinterest board about other ideas for Bibles that I have found.
Bible Ideas

I love this concept and would like to do a week of Bibles on it.
Five Finger Prayer

Also, the ACTS method of prayer is a good one that is easy to remember.
ACTS Method of Prayer

The Four-Fold Life

In 2015, I did a Staff Devotion at Staff Training weekend on The Four-Fold Life, and how to take that into the real world with you, especially as it related to setting goals and reaching them.
That summer, in our Bibles, each day we focused on one of the aspects of the Four-Fold life - physical, mental, spiritual and social. On Friday, we talked about how those work together in balance to help make us stronger people who make a difference in society. I will spare you all of the notes on that, because how you live your Four-Fold life is very personal. I will post some Bible verses that I found that relate to each of the aspects, just for reference.
HEART (EMOTIONAL OR SOCIAL)
Job 6:14 “He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Proverbs 27:17, 19 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm…

Marvelously, Wonderfully, Awesomely Made.

This was a really fun theme! We had Girls Week in 2014, and each day we chose a Princess who exemplified a character trait, and then expounded on that with Bible verses. Here’s a link to our initial outline and notes. We were really lucky! One night, Merida even did Hillside for us!
Belle is the Princess of Wisdom. She has a love of knowledge. She may be beautiful, but she doesn’t spend her time maintaining her looks, she prefers reading.
Ariel is the Princess of Sacrifice. She is fearless, adventurous, driven, and ambitious in every way. She knows exactly what she wants in life and isn’t afraid to go after it. But she sacrifices both her voice and her former life as a mermaid to achieve her dreams.
Rapunzel is the Princess of the Power of Healing. She is smart, talented, rebellious, sweet, and kind. When confronted by Mother Gothel in the woods she stands up to her and continues to chase her dreams. Once she achieves her dreams she finds a new one instead of settling.
Anna is the Princes…

Fruits of the Spirit

In 2019, our theme of the week was Fruits of the Spirit. For Bible, we chose Grail Characters who we believed exemplified the fruits of the spirit, and then also chose a modern-day figure who exemplified that same fruit. The outline below is from an email where we divided up the fruits and matched them up with the Grail Characters and modern examples. From this, we went on to chose who would do each day and then each person expanded on their own Fruit/Character/Person in their own way.
Monday:
Sir Bors: a storyteller and historian. As I looked, Sir Galahad was borne into heaven, bearing in his hand the Holy Grail. His fruit is love for his best friend Percival, but for the whole idea of the Quest and its story. Modern: Hamilton and Lin Manuel Miranda
Tuesday:
King Arthur - being a leader even when that means to hang back and not go on the Quest - who gathered around him the fairest fellowship and the truest knighthood in all the world and charged them: “never do wrong to rich or poor, and…

Some general thoughts...

There are two ways that my week of Directors has approached Bibles for the last 20 years. These are certainly not the only ways, but it has worked for us. First we chose a weekly theme, which is usually a Bible verse. After that, we either chose a main principle to deep dive into, or we chose daily Bible lessons that support that theme. For example, our theme might be The Fruits of the Spirit which we would discuss every day in Bibles. Or we might chose Sing to the Lord a New Song for our theme, and then have Bible lessons each day about songs. It is always fun for us to see how our theme evolves as we develop our ideas.


If you are nervous about doing Bibles, perhaps it is the public speaking portion that makes it difficult. One thing that helps me is knowing that we are doing the Lords work, and as long as you let His voice come through your vessel, those campers' lives will be enriched. It doesn't matter if your voice shakes. It doesn't matter if you are a Biblical schola…

Sing to the Lord a New Song

For this series of Bibles, we chose a Hillside song every day, and then spoke on the theme of that hymn. I’ve listed two full Bibles below this outline, but the general idea is to pick 5 Camp songs and do a Bible on them every day.
I did Bibles on the following two Hillside songs.
For The Beauty of the Earth with Psalm 19:1-6 Trust and Obey with Proverbs 3:5-6
I will update this post with the other songs we used, but I’ve attached the text of my two Bibles. I didn’t read this, really. But I did have the notes so that I hit all the points that I wanted to hit.

Here are two examples of Bibles that week.
For The Beauty of the Earth For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies, Lord of all, to Thee we raiseThis our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour, Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light, Lord of all, to Thee we raiseThis our hymn of grateful praise
For the …