Campers Who Don’t Want to Leave Camp
Yesterday as I was on my way down to staff training at our overnight camp in Indiana I stopped by our Day Camp at Brookside Church in Fort Wayne. Our Camp Director, Danae Durling, gave me a tour of the location and also the opportunity to see staff and campers. It was obvious kids were having a blast on day two of camp.
One mother had come early to pick up her son so he could go to a baseball playoff game. This boy was having a great time with his friends and his counselor until his mother told him he had to go. Then it was all tears. We never want to see kids have sad tears at camp, but this one touched our staff. This boy’s tears were because he did not want to leave camp – even to play baseball.
We are thankful for the experience and the impact it is having on this boy but we also pray that the same impact will be had by the over 4000 Day Campers we expect this summer.
The good news for this camper? He is coming back to SpringHill today and has 3 more days of camp.
I finished my day in worship with our staff in Indiana. A huge thunder-storm rolled through as we were together. As we sang “Hallelujah grace like rain falls down on me” we could all hear the patter of rain falling on the club room.
After worship most of the rain had stopped and we stepped out onto the deck overlooking the lake. The sky was bright pink and fire orange. Across the lake there was an incredible rainbow. It was a powerful picture that not only does God’s grace like rain fall down on us but also reminded us of another reality of which we sang “hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away”. A great ending to a great day.