Summer Camp

A Calling at age 8

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Sir Winston Churchill. Friday afternoon Denise and I were at our Grand Rapids Christian School Day Camp closing ceremony.  Closing days are always inspiring whether at a Day Camp or one of our overnight camps.  And this one was no exception.
Camper singing a song at closing rally.

One young camper, about eight years old, was interviewed during our closing rally (in front of 400 or so campers and parents) by one of our staff about his week of camp. Here is loose transcript of the interview:

Staff – “What was your favorite thing you did this week at a camp?”

Camper – “To study the Bible and learn more about it.”

Staff – “What are you going to do with this when you get home?”

Camper – “I want to tell people about Jesus”

Staff – “Now you told me this afternoon what you want to be when you grow up, will you share that with everyone else?”

Camper – “Yes, I want to become a missionary so I can tell lots of people about Jesus.”

One of the life’s best kept secrets is the fact that, while at camp,  more people receive (and later follow through on) their vocational calling than any other place else on earth.

Blog Note: This week I will be doing a four-part post about one of the most amazing stories I have had the privilege of being a part of while at SpringHill.  The story will reach an important milestone over the next few days and I want you to share in the blessing of it.


  • Krista

    I love your blog! I have been meaning to visit it, and am so glad I did. Great job capturing the snapshots across the camp this summer. I had a great snapshot this weekend with SpringHill Day Camps staff from Grand Rapids. They were providing the activities at our friend’s celebration party. It was hot, and I knew our staff was tired. But their attitudes and spirit were full of life and grace. I was humbled by their service in the hot sun as I watched them set up, administer the activities and then tear down. God’s work through them was so apparent, and the joy they brought to the kids and families there was infectous! I was so grateful to witness this.

    • mdperry1

      Thanks Krista for joining my journey this summer via the blog. Also thanks for the note on Day Camp staff, as you know this was the same staff that was influential in the camper’s life who now wants to be a missionary. It’s amazing to be a part of it all.

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