Day One: McLean, VA
I love coming to the DC area where there is so much history! I could spend all day in museums. But another reason to love it are the Rockmont families in the area! Last night I was in McLean, VA, at the home Katie & Seb Gorka (camper Paul, B session). After Katie fed me 3 bowls of chili – which was delicious – we had a good turnout of families who were very enthusiastic about Rockmont!
The questions were good and thorough, and the young men saw many things on the video that got them excited. One of the questions from a parent was, “How do you emphasize your Christian faith at Rockmont?” I answered that it is central to what we do and how we live at camp. The day is book-ended by spiritual discipline and practice. We begin the day with Morning Watch, which includes singing, a devotion, and gives direction for the day. After showers, we end our day with a cabin devotion. The counselor shares a story from the Bible and leads a discussion with the campers about what they heard from the story and what it means to them. See, we don’t want the counselors to merely tell the story, but to engage the campers on their thoughts and feelings about the text. We feel it’s important for the campers to begin thinking about what the story of Jesus means in their own life and how it can impact the lives of those around them.
Tonight I will be in Bethesda, MD, visiting the Imperial Family. If you are near, brave the traffic and come visit. We would love to see you!