3 Ways to Avoid A Wasted Summer

Summer is quickly approaching (collective sigh of relief and group high fives)! But before you submit that last assignment and walk down your hallway for the last time this school year, remember these three things so your Summer won't be wasted.

1) Stay Connected to (Real) Friends

Keyword, 'real'. This Summer, you're finally going to have a ton of free time. And truth is, this could be really great for you! But it could also be really bad for you. One of the best things you can do this Summer (and every day) is to stay connected to a 'real' friend. A fake friend will tell you what you want to hear, push you into situations you shouldn't be in, and encourage behavior that could be damaging to you (and others) emotionally and physically. But a true friend loves at all times, will tell you what you need to hear (even when it's uncomfortable), and wants what is best for you. 

So ask yourself honestly, "Do I have any friends like that?" If not, reach out to someone. You've got a lot more free time this Summer, but don't spend it alone. Stay connected to a real friend.

But you know what? Don't just stay connected to 'real' friends – BE a 'real' friend to somebody this Summer.

2) go on an adventure

We get it. Netflix is an endless oasis of entertainment, and sometimes vegging on the couch until your eyes fall out seems like the best post-school cure. But instead of waiting for the next season of New Girl to drop, take a trip outside. Call up one of your (real) friends and go on a drive. Go explore Buffalo Gap. Take a lunchtime adventure to Clyde Pizza House (seriously the best pizza on the planet. It's scientifically proven). Hike the trails at the state park. Hammack under the trees of ACU, McM, or HSU. Whatever it is, ditch the isolation of your room and go breathe the fresh Summer air!

3) Go to BSM Camp!

We're SO pumped for BSM Camp this Summer!! Not only is camp a BLAST each year (we're talking zip-lines, volleyball, swimming pools, massive games, epic lip sync battles, and more), but it also provides an amazing environment for you to go outside, unplug from the routine of life, deepen your love for Jesus, experience Him in new ways, and spend a week together with some incredible people who turn into (real) lifelong friends. Is there any better way to spend a week of your Summer? We're not totally convinced that there is. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!

There are a million things to do this Summer that will be pulling at your attention and time. And what you decide to do will make or break your next few months. But if you stay connected to your (real) friends, go on an adventure or two (or ten), and come hang out with us at BSM Camp, we promise your Summer won't be wasted.


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