The definition of counter-culture is-  a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm.

Being Christian is relating to or professing Christianity or it’s teachings. This means that you go to church when you can, pray at home or where ever when you have time and be kind to one another.

The bible expects you to go to church every Sunday but I read lots of websites and almost all said that being Christian doesn’t mean you have to go to church every Sunday. Being Christian is being kind to others and to follow Christ, do desire him and to bring glory to him in your life.

At the religious retreat we were at last Monday they said the phrase counter-culture. The Beatitudes are counter-culture because it the Beatitudes is how you should live your life. All eight of the Beatitudes are blessings by Jesus and you should use them.


Friendship Tableaue

How do you feel if you spend time with your friends in this way?When is it most important to be together this way?

  • Portray a scene in which all are friends in the group and they are all enjoying doing the same thing together.                                                                          I would feel great if I spent my time with my friends like this. By doing the same matter and everyone is enjoying doing whatever it is they are doing will benefit everyone cause no one is left out.   
  • Portray a scene in which one person in the group wants to talk to one other person in the group privately.                                                                                                I would substandard and I would wont to know what my friends where saying and what was so important to say to each other and not in front of me. 
  • Portray a scene in which members of the group enjoy being together, but not necessarily all doing the same thing together.                                                       I would feel good because you don’t need to be doing the same activity with your friends to have a good time. 
  • Portray a scene in which the people enjoy small groups rather than a large group.                                                                                                                                                I would fell great because sometimes it’s easier to have a smaller group of friends. It would be easier because you wouldn’t have to fine something to do that everyone liked, well you would but you wouldn’t have to find something to do for a lot of people. 
  • Portray a scene in which the people enjoy talking in a large group.                     I enjoy this because you can tell and hear lots of different stories or facts.  
  • Portray a scene in which the people enjoy talking in twos or threes.                   I usually only talk to only 2 or 3 people at a time. I guess I do it is because I can here them talk and not have to talk to a whole bunch of other people. By only having a couple you can actually talk to them for a while. 
  • Portray a scene in which one member of the group is introducing a new person to the group. The others in the group welcome this new person.           I would help introduce the new person to my friends because I would want them to feel welcomed because moving to a new school can be hard. 
  • Portray a scene in which one member is sad. The others comfort this person in various ways.                                                                                                                    When one of my friends are sad I want to comfort them and ask them whats wrong. Some people don’t like when people ask them whats wrong so there are other was to comfort them. 
  • Portray a scene in which members of the group celebrate the good fortune or success of one or two members.                                                                             When one or two of my friends have accomplished something I would feel happy for them and congratulate them. 
  • Portray a scene in which one or more members are trying to be peacemakers among friends who have had a disagreement.                                                               I don’t like it when my friends are in a fight so I try and keep the peace before it gets too bad. 

Mankind has a decisive need for….

At the retreat yesterday we did lots of activities like singing, dancing and payed games. A few of the people who were preforming gave us a speech about how they never really trusted in God and didn’t believe in him but then they figured out that they weren’t happy when they didn’t believe and trust in God. The people in purewitness   also preformed a few plays for us. The first play was called “Pretty girl” it was pretty much about the story about Cinderella but they made it funny. The second performance was a trust story about a man named Ian McCormack who got stung by 5 box jellyfish and died and went to hell and then came back to life. We sang a song too I don’t remember what the words were but I remember there were little moves for the song. I was in team Michael and our side was the loudest. We played 2 games the first was a game like simon says but it was called “this this that” the second game we played was scrabble and they would pick some kids out of the crowd and give them a letter and tell them the word the letters spelt and your team had to help the kids at the front spell the word. 

Qualities of Friendship

There are some traits that I look for in a friend. I like my friends to be a good listener, fun to be around and that is honest with me.

Having a friend that will listen to your problems is great to have. It doesn’t always have to be about something bad. I tell my friends what’s going on in my life and I know they will understand.

Friends that are enjoyable to be around are the best. I have friends that always want to go do something weather it’s having a sleep over or going to the mall. It’s great to have friends that want to do something with you.

I know that if my shirt was on inside out my friends would tell me. Having friends that are honest is a great quality to have in a friend. By friends being honest with you could save you from being embarrassed at school by having your shirt on inside out. My friends are also honest with me about things that go on at home and what I should do.

These are just some of the traits I have in my friends. There are many more but it would take a long time and it would be a really long essay to tell you about all the traits I like in a friend.

If we could see inside others’ hearts

When Kari was here we watch a video and the video was about people´s lives and whats happening in other peoples lives. You should never judge people. In the video the people where usually sick, or unhappy about something but some where really exited about something. The video was telling us that you never know whats going on in other peoples lives.

Most of the people in the video had something wrong going on in their lives, like they where sick, or someone in their family was sick and dying. The video I think was trying to tell us that you never know whats going on in other peoples lives and you should never judge them or be rude to them because you don like the way they dress,smell, or act.

In the video there where some people who where exited about something, like being a grandmother,becoming a father,being cancer free for 7 years, or holding your babies hand for the first time. If you know someone is happy about something don be jealous or angry that they are happy be happy with them don bring someone down.

I think that video was trying to tell us that you never know whats going on in others lives. If their is someone who is sad or angry be a friend and comfort them be the better person. Put your feet in others shoes and see how you would feel if you had their life.




Happy Camper

What are the typical problems facing teens today?
That they aren’t smart and our generations are dumb.
What is wrong with saying, “What’s wrong with teens today?”                             Its wrong because there is nothing wrong with the teens today there have been studies shown that we are smarter than our parents.

How are you better and brighter than your parents generation?                             Because we have better IQ s than our parents.

How are the troubled students in more trouble than those of your parents generation?                                                                                                                                      They are more troubled because we are exposed to way different thing than our parents where.

When did women get to vote in Canada? U.S.A.?                                                             When woman got to vote in Canada was in 1916 and when they got to vote in the U.S.A was 1920.

Have you ever “Left your campsite better than you found it”?                                  Yes when me or my family see garbage at our lake we pick up so animals don’t eat it , and so the land looks nice.

“Connect the dots.” What does that mean in your school?                                           Connect the dots means in our school to say hi to someone new our hang out wit someone you don’t usually hang out with.

How many times could you listen to “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boon?                                                                                                                                                  Like 10 times.

Do you know an adult that believes in you more than you believe in yourself?                                                                                                                                             Yes, I do. My mom.

Do you know someone you believe in more than they believe in themselves?    No

What is a “Happy Camper”? How can you spot them?                                                  A happy camper is someone who is always smiling and trying to connect the dots.

What is the pledge on the “Happy Camper”?                                                                    Make someone smile, pick up garbage

How will you know you are a “Happy Camper”?                                                             When I am always happy, hang out with different people.

Dream List

What is it all about?                                                                                                                       Motivation

What does Mark imagine will be written on his gravestone?                                       loving husband, devoted father, teacher

“Some people think we shouldn’t even play the game?” What else could this mean?                                                                                                                                                 That people don’t want you to play the game because they know you will fail.                                                                                                                                                        Who was Richard Simmons and what was “Dancing With The Oldies”?              He did a old show on working out.
How many times have you heard a motivational talk? What sorts of ideas are common to them all? What was something unique your heard from Mark Scharenbroich today?                                                                                                                  I have heard lots of motivational talks. They are all in common because they want us to be motivated and ever time they tell me I should be motivated I don’t get motivated. Something that was unique was that you need to motivate yourself.

Explain what Mark meant by “How can I motivate you if you can’t motivate yourself?”                                                                                                                                         He meant that no one can motivate you have have to be motivated by yourself you have to be willing to do things and get them done.
Who is Jamie Clarke and what did his team do to Mount Everest?                           Jamie Clark was  Canadian adventurer, author, filmmaker, actor, and public speaker. he went up mount Everest 2 times. The first time was climb for hope and the second was lungs without limits.
What do you want? How hard do you want to work for it? How long will you work to get it?                                                                                                                                 I want to get a goal in indoor soccer. I will work really hard until I get that goal.
Who was Al Capone? What advice did he give to a “seminar of gangsters”?       ‘In order to be suspenseful in business you need three things, you need a smile, you need an enforcer if you know what I mean, you need a plan, you got to get rid of one of them loose the smile something else get rid of the enforcer but never let go of the plan.                                                                  How often can you listen to “Unchained Melody”?                                                        I could listen to it all day. LOL

Stop Counting Crayons


  1. Explain “Share vs Compare.”

It means that don’t compare what you have to someone else don’t be jealous of what someone else has if they have something you don’t have ask to borrow it be happy for the other person on whatever they got an you don’t.

  1. Explain why AP colouring in Grade 2 is absurd?

It was so absurd because most little grade 2 kids are so excited to color and if they had less crayons then someone they would get upset so they would start to compare their crayons to other kids.

  1. What four words helped Mark stop “counting crayons”?

Here’s your son dad.

  1. What happened at Columbine High School? What do the memorials look like?

Mark’s friend bob son had died in the and 12 other kids in the library they were murdered. They took out the library out and the library was on top of the cafeteria now their is a high roof with trees painted on it.

  1. What can we learn from watching babies looking in mirrors?

We can learn not to care what we think about ourselves and not to compare to other people.

  1. What other big ideas or big questions do you want to point out?

In the video Mark said to stop counting crayons and start drawing he means that start doing your own thing and and stop comparing to others, live your own life.