“Never let formal education get in the way of learning.” Mark Twain’s famous quote is true on day two at camp. As much as we appreciate book learning at Rockmont, it’s wonderful to watch as your boys grow naturally. The recipe is time tested. Rockmont provides the right blend of mentors, time, breathing 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, and being on time. They also grow while enjoying more complex endeavors like friendship, trust, community building and time away from home. Thank you for allowing us to participate with your sons during this wonderful time in their lives.
I wish each of you could experience the morning after the first night 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 beginning to get 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).
Today started in typical fashion– younger guys up very early, older guys dragging– but everyone eager for a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and cereal. Your boys tend to have great appetites when they’re at camp. Breakfast was followed by Morning Watch and cabin clean up. I had the opportunity visit the Birch cabins and everything looked very average. We’ll hope to get them close to outstanding by the end of the week.
We had an active day with starter campers working on skills ranging from archery and farming to dam building and crafts. Our Base campers enjoyed playing Risk, swimming, zipping, sliding, and getting prepared for their adventures in the woods that begin tomorrow.
After lunch (chicken fingers, mac and cheese, salad, fudge bars) and rest period, the activities started again.
Tonight the younger four tribes go up the mountain for council which is a time for them to be promoted and honored, but that story will have to wait until your sons return home. We anticipate that, like your sons, you will experience times of growth during these next one or three weeks. Your sons will enjoy trading stories with you when they return home. I hope each of you is doing fine and I appreciate your trust and partnership.
This evening’s Bible story…
Joseph’s Coat of Colors (Genesis 37:1-11)
+ Where do you see yourself in the story?
+ What is the good news?