As a child, I never went to summer camp. The fear of spending the night away from home hindered me from getting a glimpse of the fun and blessings that come from camp. When our boys were smaller, our church began a small church camp. They expressed an interest in going and went; and then went every year they were age eligible! After their age limit came for a camper, they continued on to be camp counselors.
A friend talked me into becoming a camp counselor one year for the girls cabin. I decided to go and have continued going every year for over 10 years now! Camp week isn't a vacation, but has lots of time away from the stresses of everyday life. It is a ministry time, a time to form relationships and for the children to take in and grow in the Lord. A time to grow closer to one another and meet new friends. To enjoy simple pleasures like ice cream cones, put-put golf, swimming, meals, riding in the back of trucks, lots of walking. Trying new things like paddle boarding, having fun on water slides, truly connecting with the campers.
This year's camp was one of the best. There was a great group of kids, a wonderful co-counselor and many sweet memories made. Here are a few pics from the week:
Here is a sweet memory...my co counselor and myself and our sons who were junior counselors for the boys cabin. Although they did sneak over a few times to visit their mama's...and get a few snacks!
Camp week - one of the highlights of summer for our family. Who says ministry cannot be fun?