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In the Arena

Monday, June 12th 2017

What a wonderful start of camp we had yesterday! It was so nice to see many old friends and welcome new ones to Rockmont. I am grateful for the trust you extend to us each summer.

The campers were up and busy as soon as the sun rose this morning. After breakfast we enjoyed singing some camp songs, learned how to clean the cabin, went to four different skills, and had a morning and afternoon Free Swim. We are very proud of the work your boys and young men are doing at Rockmont. Last evening I spoke with each of the tribes and reminded them that new challenges require courage and the good news is that these guys are COURAGEOUS!

Speaking of courageous… half of the campers are leaving for the woods tonight. The Sycamores are off to Pisgah National Forest for a two night campout. Meanwhile, the Hickory and Hemlock tribes will be camping on Rockmont’s mountain for the next two nights. There will be plenty of s’mores eaten and stories told around the campfire in the hours ahead.

Consider the excerpt below from a Theodore Roosevelt speech, a quote that our Tribal Directors are memorizing. It speaks to the fine work that each of our campers is doing. Going to camp is not only about adventure and having a ton of fun. It also cultivates an inner strength that allows our young men to try new things, make new friendships, and be part of a bigger story.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

I hope that each of you had safe travels after leaving camp. Keep us in your prayers and have a great two weeks….WE CERTAINLY WILL!

Dan Davis

Tonight’s Scripture: Luke 9:10-17
Story: Jesus Provides More than Enough (Part 1)
+ Where do you see yourself in the story?
+ What’s the good news?

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