60 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County attended.12 staff from the Boys & Girls Club, Fountain of Life and Mt Zion Church served as team leaders. The CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, Michael Johnson and the CEO of the Urban League of Madison, Kaleem Clare provided leadership.
25 kids, with completed applications in hand, were turned away because the trip was full.
30 kids upon hearing a message from Reggie Dabbs, accepted Christ as their savior.
15 kids hope to attend a Young Life camp later this summer.
The group was divided into 6 teams. All activities were done together by team and we witnessed an amazing bond and spirit among each of them. The kids encouraged and prayed for each other regularly.
On the last night, a message was given by Boy and Girls Club COO, John Suggs. Two thirds of the kids made commitments to make changes in their lives. Prayer teams met with each of them.
2 kids were homeless at the time they were attending Lifest.
3 kids asked if they could keep their air mattress because they didn’t have a bed at home.
720 meals were served by Madison based, Soulutions, Inc, and more than 12 volunteers provided support.
400 marshmallows were used making smores. For most, it was the first time sitting around a campfire.
80,000 people attended 2011 Lifest, the largest crowd ever. 58 kids from the Boys and Girls Club were of African descent, and this represented more diversity than all the rest of Lifest attendees combined.
The kids volunteered for 9 hours of service each during the event. Stan, the director of Grounds Beautification told the kids they were the best volunteers he had ever had in running Lifest.
Bob Lenz, founder of Lifest, spoke to the kids told them they were loved, that Lifest was theirs, and that he wanted them to come back next year.
4 teams entered the basketball tournament. One team went 7-0 and won the 9-13 age category.
5 kids, one from each team was selected based on leadership, volunteerism and attitude and met backstage with the band ‘The Afters’. They received CDs, posters and of course, autographs
6 of you sponsors attended Lifest and spent time with the kids.
8 kids on the last day volunteered and spoke in front of the group and talked about how Lifest and Christ had changed their lives. There was not a dry eye in the house.