I’m at summer camp. When I was in middle/high school I went to a lot of camps and had a lot of interesting experiences. Never in my life did I think I’d be the one taking students to camp. Yet, here I am. This is my third year and third different camp. I’m becoming a pro at the whole camp thing. Sunburns and sicknesses: I’ve dealt with it all. Camp is wild, exhausting, fun, and frustrating all at the same time.
Honestly, there’s nothing like camp. I have memories from my camp days of trying to meet girls that didn’t know me, breaking my secular cds (yes, every year), spitting sunflower seeds onto the floor of my dorm room with my roomie and then having to do major clean up at the end of the week (I was a gross high schooler), and having many sincere conversations about God and many awkward ones. Camp is an experience unlike anything else. It can’t be replicated and you’ve just got to experience it.
This year, thanks to a pro tip, I’m trying something for camp that I think could be a game changer in my life. I’m bringing my own coffee pot for my room. This could be revolutionary for my camp experience! I also received a pro tip about hanging dryer sheets where I sleep so I don’t have to get nauseated by the putrid smell of mass camp boy scent. However, we all know that some scents are ferociously strong and it takes radiation to kill them. We’ll see how it turns out.
My real prayer that I will ask you to pray with me is that God would do something amazing and transforming in the lives of the teens we’re taking. That’s why we go to camp. We leave our families, endure the heat, take in the smells, use community restrooms *shudder*, and give up sleep because we truly believe that this short, concentrated time having fun, but more importantly fixing our eyes on Christ can be used by God to move in the lives of our students in a powerful way. If just one student comes back taking Jesus more seriously then camp time is worth it.
Please pray with me that God would do something incredible!