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My 6 yr. old went to vacation bible day camp. She loves big social events, enjoys the crafts, and they preach good ideas mostly. Each day the children are to bring handfuls of coins to raise money for a charity. The girls put their money in the pink bucket and the boys put their money in the blue bucket. Then at the end of the night they see if boys or girls brought the most money. It's done by weight of coins. One pastor gets slimed if the girls win and the other gets slimed if the boys win.
Well they spend the last 10 minutes getting the kids all worked up over boys vs. girls. One group wins and goes home feeling good about htemselves. The other half of the kids walk out defeated and feel the need to give more. My daughter finds the competition quite upsetting on the nights girls don't win. She's passionate about what she does and was in tears on the car ride home. We've been discussing the issue together.
So the point is to raise money for a good cause. Except after 2 nights of this my daughter and I can't figure out what they are raising money for. They don't make it very clear. The boys vs. girls competition is very clear though to all the children and parents.
I'm annoyed they don't have faith in the children to become passionate about the cause and to have the ability to work together to reach their fund raising goal without slimy gimmicks. This church is creating animosity between the children who aren't even sure why they are competing. ugh. They could focus on cooperation instead of competition and get still get the dollar amount results and also get better moral results from the children.