For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
The Apostle Paul reminds us that the One who spoke all of creation into being is the very same One who speaks into our hearts. This is at the core of what it means to be a Christian summer camp. Being surrounded by such beauty – these mountains, this lake, these people – helps us to more clearly see God who also speaks to us through his Word and through one another. This is where incredible growth happens.
And so the Poplars found themselves waking up on our mountain this morning, here at the base of the Great Craggy Mountains. While they made their journey home down the trail, the rest of camp was abuzz with activity. The Buckeyes gathered for a dodgeball extravaganza in the gym, and the Birches headed down into the challenge course. Meanwhile, the Hickories and Hemlocks could be found throughout camp playing a large-scale version of Risk, one of our favorite and oldest capture-the-flag style games. Sycamores played Narnia, entering the epic story by CS Lewis in a creative, very active game together.
We were eager to re-fuel at lunch, and there was no better way to do that than by celebrating Taco Tuesday. With stomachs full, we rested for an hour and then went right back into the afternoon activities. The afternoon brought rain, but this in no way dampened our spirits. Buckeye and Birch met at the lake for Waterfront Olympics, which included events such as Goofy Blog, Log Tournament, Cranberry Harvest, High Dive Smallest Splash, and Low Dive Biggest Splash, among others. Poplar played 3-ball Soccer & 3-ball Ultimate, a camp classic. Other young campers set-out to the stables for a trail ride, allowing them to see more of creation from an elevated seat! Sycamores could be found all over as they split into cabin activities. Meanwhile, the Hickories and Hemlocks finished preparing their packs and then set off up the mountain for their own time in creation, camping out for the night.
After dinner – featuring ham, potatoes gratin, and salad – the campers continued their evening fun. Buckeye and Birch played Counselor hunt, trying to identify a number of counselors who had creatively dressed up in disguise. Poplar and Sycamore joined for a game of Behind Enemy Lines, searching for the missing flight recorder and pilot. And Hickory and Hemlock settled into their campsites, collected wood for their fires, shared dinner, s’mores and an evening devotion. The indefatigable Birch tribe capped the evening with a night swim.
Our common story this evening was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – a story of God’s faithfulness no matter our circumstances. Whether playing hard in creation or listening carefully in devotion, God spoke this day to our campers, reminding them that he is not far off and that he is always faithful. That’s good news and worth holding onto!
Bear Camp Director
Today’s Bible Story…
Story: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Scripture: Daniel 3:1-30
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the Good News?