7.29.2008

Summer Camp Reminds Me...

Summer Camp Reminds Me That...

- A good jr. high camp speaker is clear, simple, and short. Ours this week has been all three.
- My wife is a really good cook.
- Junior high boys cabins have always and will always smell like warm feet.
- Organized recreation brings out the very best and very worst in people.
- Junior high girls cry very easily, and so do their counselors.
- Paintballs hurt.
- Pranks always start off innocent enough and always escalate out of control.
- "Lights Out" really means "Okay gang now is the time we suggest you begin to start thinking about getting ready for bed....brush your teeth, take a shower, play some games, wrestle, go for a night hike and then turn your lights out in a few hours."
- Most of our students live life at a really frantic pace and slowing down for a week is good medicine.
- God is in control, that he is a very present creator, that he loves his creation very much, that he has a unique, remarkable plan for every one of our students and we are privileged he allows us to play a small part in that plan.

5 comments:

GodSide said...

- "Lights Out" really means "Okay gang now is the time we suggest you begin to start thinking about getting ready for bed....brush your teeth, take a shower, play some games, wrestle, go for a night hike and then turn your lights out in a few hours."

So true...the best camps are the ones that know this and just roll with it...

Lindsay Hope Hansen said...

oh man i totally wanted to be a counselor for this one but to tell you the truth i forgot and completly dropped the ball. next year yes??? seriously ... some of the best summers i had was at jr high camp. and for the record i'm currently wearing a shirt that says "what drives you" oh ya our team was Mr. T

Erika Thomas said...

summer camp reminds me... that, even in junior high, there are many students who's mamas still clean up after them and these students feel no need to fill this void on their own while away from mama - that's what counselors and youth pastors are for! :)

th08 said...

Thanks for the thoughts - I am about to embark on our jr. high camps. Should be fun. I am always amazed at how unplugging students from their world for a few days really opens up relationships and for some God.

Brooklyn said...

Yes, yes, I smell what you're steppin' in.