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Summer Debrief: Part 1

I’ve rewritten this post three times now because there is so much to tell and I can’t figure out how I want to tell it. I’m almost tempted to just make a list on here about the summer but I know that’s cheesy. You should see how my journal looks when I don’t write for a while. ūüôā

This week marks the final full week of summer camp. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone; seems like just yesterday that all the staff were arriving, new and nervous, and now they are thriving here at camp. This summer was so different from last year in a good, stretching way. The staff were different, my role/perspective was different, and many changes took place as the summer wore on.

I think the Lord really taught me contentment this summer. Now, I would have said I was a content person before- I’m usually pretty happy wherever I’m placed. But, it seems like this summer I had to lay down every desire I had and things just didn’t go the way I planned. I never did get to be a counselor because I was needed in the office. And it was OK. I recognized that the Lord had placed me in that spot for a reason and my job was to serve joyfully there. There were so many new things to learn in the office because I wasn’t in there for camp last year. My days were very busy and on some days, I wouldn’t leave the office until 7:30 or 8:00.

My new motto has become: Does it really matter? I ask myself that all the time. In the whole scheme of eternity, is this going to matter? Is it going to matter if I miss this event, if I don’t get to eat dinner until 8 or 9 tonight, if this has to wait until tomorrow. Now, not to say I just threw everything to the wind and don’t care what happens or if I’m doing my job to the best of my ability. I’m just trying to throw in some eternal perspective. Some things just aren’t worth getting upset over because they don’t matter that much.

And other things do. Souls matter.¬†Christ’s glory matters. Did I impact others for the gospel? Did I shine Christ in a dark world? Was I glorifying God in everything? Those things matter.

And those are the things I want my life to be focused on.

 

(Stay tuned for part 2!)

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in camp

 

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Excited for Summer

At first, I was bummed. Then, I was tearful. Now, I am excited.

You see, becoming the office manager of the Farm has one very big disadvantage. It means I can’t be a counselor this summer. Counseling is really where my heart is but I don’t think it’s probable that I will get to play that role this summer. Maybe for a week or two. I would feel very grateful if I could get even that in. So, at first, I was bummed that I would be a counselor.

Then the summer staff started to arrive on Sunday. It was great getting to see all the old faces and meet the new ones. They kind of hung out in the office for a while as it is air-conditioned. That’s when it hit me: I really do have a job to do in the office and I’m not going to get to spend as much time with these staff. And I longed to be on summer staff…and I cried a little.

Over the past two days, I have been in the office most of the time and the summer staff have been training around the farm. After dinner, I have been able to spend a lot more time with them. And now, I am excited. You see, last year when I was a counselor, I didn’t get to spend much time focusing on the staff because I was focused (rightly) on my cabin and campers. With the flexibility I have now of NOT being on summer staff, I am able to know the staff on a deeper level. I am able to pray more specifically for them and be an encouragement to them. I am able to hop in and help in their cabins when they need an extra hand at night or to print something off during the day for them. As a full-time staffer, I am able to be one of their advisers (mentors)¬†and lead one of the Bible Study groups next week for training.¬†And I’m excited to be playing that role. It’s new and different for me but it fits and it stretches me. One of the goals for me this summer is to work on being more encouraging to others. This role will fit perfectly into that goal.

So yes, I am still disappointed that I can’t be a counselor all summer. No, I am not complaining about it. Yes, I am wholeheartedly working in the office still. And yes, I have totally embraced this new opportunity in my life.

(Same as last summer, I may not be on here a whole lot, but I will still try to at least check for comments around once a week. But don’t expect too many posts. ūüôā )

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2014 in camp

 

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Encouragement

The other day, we got an interesting and rather long phone call in the office.  The other secretary took it but we all heard it since it was so quiet. It was quite obvious form the conversation that it was a displeased camper Mom and that it had something to do with Catholicism.  When she got off the phone, we all just looked at her expectantly.

First off, the lady was not mad at all. She just wanted to know it this was a “safe” camp for Catholics to attend. Do we intentionally try to undermine Catholic beliefs? ¬†Her daughters have been campers for years but something had happened this past summer. Her daughter came home full of doubts as to some of the Catholic rituals. Also, she had been telling her friends in her Catholic school that evolution was not correct and was promoting Creationism. ¬†She also said that when her daughter was at camp they discussed the pope and her daughter wasn’t convinced she really agreed with the idea of a pope anymore. ¬†The mother was concerned; her daughter’s faith was being torn down.

Now, this mom didn’t want anything said to the counselor because she really liked her and didn’t really think she was intentionally doing this.

What she didn’t know was that I work in the office……and I was her daughter’s counselor.

I remember that week so clearly. It was the only week I had older girls (age 11-12) and I had at least 3 who were Catholic. So of course it was a topic of conversation during Bible Study. Not because I brought it up, but THEY did! ¬†(As a side note: ¬†I don’t remember talking about the pope at all that week. But she certainly could have formed her own opinions!) ¬†We did talk about who we should pray to and such things as that. I mean, when we started to study the Bible, these girls had questions. “If the Bible says that, then why do we do this?” ¬†I always stressed that YES you can be a Catholic and be saved! ¬†Of course you can! ¬†Also, God is the only one who can see a person’s heart and I can’t tell anybody if they’re saved or not.

That’s what I stressed to all my Catholic campers. ¬†Apparently, this Mom thought that we were anti-Catholic here when we aren’t really. ¬†However, what she meant for a slight reprimand, got me so excited!

I got to see some more fruits from camp. ¬†How this girl was challenged by Scripture and how it applies to her life! ¬†It’s encouraging to me and…

I’m going to pray for this young lady.

 

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in camp

 

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Growth at Camp

I’m back!¬† It is so nice to be home again! I had an¬†AMAZING summer!¬† I’ve been greatly blessed and grown by God this summer and I don’t even know where to start.¬† Sooooo….where should I start?

Camp is a unique environment.¬† It’s a place where you are on duty 24 hours a day/almost 7days a week.¬† The campers get to see you all the time.¬† They will without fail¬†pick up on your attitudes and actions. ¬†We have this saying at camp:¬† what you do in moderation, campers will do in excess.¬†¬† How true that is!¬† So here is what I learned at camp:

1.¬† Every moment is an opportunity to learn.¬† During staff training, we learned to bring teachable moments into the daily routine.¬† It’s so true- many things around us point us to God and display his glory!¬† My campers would often say, “You bring everything we talk about back to the Bible!”

 

2. Saving is God’s job, not ours.¬† Our job is to be obedient and share the gospel and leave the rest up to God.¬† No matter what you say, if the Holy Spirit is not working in a person’s life, then they will reject the gospel. The opposite is also true- if the Holy Spirit is working in a person’s¬†heart, then that person will believe in spite of what you say!¬†

 

3. It’s okay to be wet.¬† Rain does not stop camp activity and you get used to living like a duck- it was a wet summer!¬† There was one time it rained all week and I was taking the younger boys cabin to their next activity.¬† We were all soaking wet so we went puddle stomping!¬† We (yes, me too)¬† had so much fun!

 

4. I can’t be the shy person.¬† I’ve always been one of those people who wait for others to introduce themselves and initiate things. However, at camp it’s very important to step out and be that person.¬† You have to introduce yourself to so many people and be outgoing with everyone.

 

5. I learned to be spontaneous.¬† I’m one of those people who stick to the schedule above all else.¬† I learned that it’s okay to deviate¬†from that schedule sometimes and do¬†something crazy fun!

Above all else, I learned to have such a heart for kids.  To be excited to share the gospel with them and to pray fervently for their salvation.

 

I¬†learned to see God’s grace better and to share that grace with others.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in camp

 

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Farewell for the Summer

It’s been super busy around here as I prepare to leave in 15 days!¬† Everything has been winding down and I’m getting excited!¬† I’m done with THIS now and I’ve learned much through it.¬† I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a blessing and servant of Christ!¬† My house cleaning has also ended and homeschool co-op teaching is done as well.¬† I’ve had my last flute lesson and I’m babysitting one more time for a Bible study.¬† I’ve had my last day in the church nursery and I’ve stopped teaching Sunday School.¬† I’m finally done scheduling blog posts for¬†¬†while I’m¬†away!¬† Spring cleaning is done and the garden is planted.¬†Everything is preparing for summer!

Of course, I’m still busy.¬† No matter how much is over with, it seems I’m still busy.¬† I like this kind of busyness:¬† playing games with my siblings and enjoying their company before I leave them for the whole summer, falling asleep when Bethany reads to me for her literature,¬† watching as Becca grows up into a beautiful young lady, packing for camp,¬†going to¬†garage sales, and learning more about the Lord!

 

Here’s what he’s been teaching me lately (besides how much I will miss my family this summer!).¬†I’ve always struggled with praying.¬† It just seems like it was always a routine and something to do and get it over with.¬†I’ve always talked to God throughout the day but the sit-down-and-only-pray thing threw me off.¬† Ashamed to admit it, but I always got bored. How sad!¬† Talking to¬†the¬†Creator and Savior and I get bored?!¬†This year I’ve been focusing on learning more about prayer.¬† I’ve learned something:

Prayer is not optional.

 

“Pray without ceasing.”¬† 1 Thessalonians 5:17

If you notice, it’s a command, not a request.¬† It doesn’t say to pray when you feel like it or when you’re in trouble or when you’re feeling joyful.¬† It says to pray without ceasing= all the time.¬† I need to be in the spirit of prayer at all times. NOT just when I feel like it.¬† I think that’s what I’ve been doing most my life- only praying when I wanted to.

He’s also been teaching me how sweet prayer really can be!¬† I’m so thankful for God’s lessons!

This is probably farewell for me until August.¬† Maybe I’ll be able to pop in from time to time to say hello but don’t count on it!¬† In the meantime, I’ve scheduled two posts per week- nothing fancy, just the catechism question, songs, and some quotes.¬† I’m also probably going to turn all comments off since I won’t even be here to read them.

Thanks to all of you for reading!

 

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in camp

 

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Spending the Summer

I can’t wait for summer to come!¬† That’s something I’ve probably never said before because I don’t really like summer. I hate to be hot and so I much prefer being cold. After all, there are a lot more things one can do to get warmer, than to cool off!

But now I can’t wait for summer to come!¬† This summer, I’m going to be working at a Christian horse camp as a counselor!¬† My Mom and Dad first came up with the suggestion. My Mom worked at this camp for 18 years before she was married.

So, I filled out an application and had an interview over the phone. I prayed about it a lot and was thrilled the day an email came to tell me that the position was mine if I wanted it!

I’m so¬†excited to be a positive role model for the kids- some of them may never have had one before!¬† I pray God will use me to influence and model Christ’s love for the kids coming to camp this summer!¬† I want to live transparently for them because they get to see me when I’m teaching and when I’m living it out.¬† I pray God’s grace will be evident.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in camp

 

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