One of our favorite camp songs is "Lord of the Dance," an energetic take on the classic hymn. Summer camp is a time for campers (and staff!) to discover new ways of worship that extend beyond the pews. Our Senior Counselor, Bethy Crowe, loves to share dance worship with campers who sign up for her hour-and-a-half workshop. Another creative way to express spirituality is through art, which is where our Arts & Crafts Director Sarah Sprouse comes in. Check out some pictures from the morning of our third day.
New experiences are what make Primary Camp such an exciting time here at Tall Timber. Many of the kids who participate in our Sunday-Wednesday program haven't tried traditional camp activities yet, so our counselors work to foster a safe space for the trial and error that comes with all new things. No camper is going to hit the bull's eye the first time they nock an arrow, and everyone's first friendship bracelet is filled with tangles. But that's okay. The theme of the week isn't being the best at every camp activity, it's trying new things and finding new ways to experience God's creation.
See, I am doing a new thing!
The easiest parts of camp to advertise are the exciting activities. You know the ones - zip line, rock wall, archery - the list goes on. This week, our campers get to experience all those fun adventures and more as part of our Adventure Camp program, but it's important to remember that the greatest adventure of all isn't something you'll find written on an itinerary.
The rock wall teaches us not to fear a challenge, because someone will be there to catch us when we fall. From archery we learn that it can be easy to miss the mark, and getting the results we want takes practice, patience, and determination. The zip line shows us that sometimes faith is a leap, and Bible Study teaches us that faith doesn't happen alone. This is the ultimate purpose of camping ministry - to send campers home with more stories than mosquito bites, stories that will act as the strong foundation for a life of faith.
A week or summer spent as a counselor by far exceeds the cog in the wheel, unpaid, cookie cutter internships that college applicants and college students are being pressured to pursue.
The responsibility that counselors have at camp along with being mentored to expand their work ethic will serve our future work force far better than an internship. This article says it so well. Enjoy the read and encourage young adults to serve on staff at a summer camp, it will change their lives for the better!
Today ends our first week of summer camp, and what a fun week it has been. Horseback riding, face painting, and musical worship encouraged families to put their phones away and spend the week reconnecting.
The first week of our summer program is a time for families to grow together in God's creation. All our regular activities like rock wall, giant swing, and horseback riding are offered to parents and their kids for a fun and spiritual respite from the business of everyday life. We're excited to get the summer rolling with such a great group of families!
Camp is where it's at.
There is so much to learn from a week of summer camp as campers and staff. God works wonders here in this set apart place. Kids get a chance to disconnect from devices and reconnect with themselves, friends and the stunning Creation that surrounds them at Tall Timber.
Check out the article below for a great read on why Camp makes a difference in kids' lives.