“Never let formal education get in the way of learning.” Mark Twain’s famous quote is true on week two at camp. As much as we appreciate book learning at Rockmont, it’s wonderful to watch as your boys grow naturally while living in a new community. The recipe is time tested. Rockmont provides the right blend of mentors, time, outdoor space, fun, story, and adventure; the campers add heart, mind, soul, and their own unique story.
The result is growth by working on simple things like cleaning your table, making a bed, giving your all, and being on time. They also grow while enjoying more complex endeavors like friendship, trust, community building, mastering a skill and time away from home. Thank you for allowing us to walk alongside your sons during this wonderful time in their lives.
I wish each of you could experience the second week of camp. The guys walk out of their cabins and into the world with a sense of wonder and full-of-themselves (in a good way). They are getting to know and trust each other. They are actively and enthusiastically building a new community in their cabin where everyone is needed and important (not a bad way to start the day). We call this the developmental movement from “Just Me” to “We Are,” and it happens without lectures or written test.
Week two has a different pace and feel. The guys who were homesick just a week ago are now filled with a new sense of confidence. Don’t get me wrong, they are still looking forward to returning home. But they will be returning home with a new chapter to add to their life story. One in which they were strong and kind, playful and patient, respectful and respected.
Tuesdays are for tribal activities! Our whole day was spent playing within our tribes and camps. Campers enjoyed a whole range of shirt-tail tag capture-the-flag style games as well as two Free Swims today! Right now, the Buckeyes are heading out for an evening swim, as the other tribes settle into cabin devotions before bed.
What a gift to watch your sons having so much fun and doing the good and rewarding work of building friendships and community. As they learn to serve one another and to share their time, space, and gifts, I am reminded of a quote from Albert Schweitzer. “The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Your sons are learning this valuable lesson and I look forward to you hearing all about their camp stay when they return home later this week. I hope each of you are doing well in these last few days before closing.
Tonight’s Scripture: Luke 15:25-32
Story: Prodigal Son, Part 2 – The Elder Son
+ Where do you see yourself in the story?
+ What’s the good news?