SUMMER CAMP IS HERE!!!
We are in full swing in the Valley.
To us it looks like an explosion of colour. If we are a giant canvas, every person that walks in is a splash of colour. Every life has unique stories, likes and dislikes, hobbies, and struggles. Every life has its’ own unique colour.
You could ask every camper about their favourite part of the day and get a different answer from each of them. It is beautiful how different we are. You can ask them what stood out to them at EDGE and still, each person will say something different.
To us camp looks like a mosaic. Each person brings a new piece to a beautiful work of art. In a mosaic you don’t know how many pieces of glass had to break to create one piece of art. You don’t know if the entire broken bowl was used or just a few pieces. You don’t know the stories behind the things that make up the broken glass. It could have been a great grandmothers’ handmade china. It could have been something a toddler painted that you cherished. It could have been a favourite mug.
All these different stories make up one piece of art. That is what makes a mosaic beautiful. That is what makes camp so beautiful; all these different stories and personalities and characters and colours coming together for one week. For one purpose.
So far camp has looked like teenagers coming in and bringing energy and joy and excitement.
It has looked like dancers bringing their own personalities and passions to camp to share with everyone.
It has looked like discipleship. Teenagers coming because they want to know Jesus more. Because they want to gain leadership skills. Because they crave community. Because they want to impact campers like their counselors have done for them.
At camp hiking up and down hills is a normal part of life. Mosquitoes become a state of mind. Poison ivy doesn’t even phase us. Running through the bush at night dodging tree branches and flashlights is our idea of an adrenaline rush. It is common knowledge that ROCS, rocks. Water games is an excuse to put off showering for another day or two. Hanging out with teenagers is our passion which means that we have the coolest job ever. “Exhausted,” is the only answer to the “how are you” question, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
This is summer.
This is camp.
Here we have met Jesus.