In the busyness of life, it can be incredibly difficult to be where our feet are. Between long to-do lists, jobs that require our full attention, text messages, children, and our favorite TV shows, it seems almost impossible to devote complete attention to any one thing. Even here at camp, nestled in the foothills of the Craggy Mountains, I find others and myself fighting against the similar distractions like detailed schedules and the pursuit of perfecting this thing we call camp. Sometimes I do it well, and at other times, not so much. Sundays are a chance for us all—campers, counselors, directors, and parents— to change that. Sundays are a chance to slow down, to notice the little things, and to find appreciation in the present time, place, and people that we are walking beside in life.
Our day began later today with an 8:45 breakfast. Your children are already on the steps waiting, of course, because they know what awaits them at their cabin’s table: Krispy Kreme Donuts! The song of “Rise and Shine” was even more jovial than usual, as our campers quickly found their seats and began the pursuit of obtaining the right to choose the first donut. Oh, there were eggs, bacon, and grits too, although they were a mere afterthought on this Sunday morn. Following a slower breakfast, campers had almost forty-five minutes to enjoy a special extended cabin cleanup. Today is a day that focuses on the little things that make a big difference. Like how a donut can brighten a foggy morning, and how a clean baseboard can win your cabin a trip to the Cola Stop.
Following cabin clean up, campers departed to their camp specific church site. This morning, your boys heard from the Gospel of Luke about one of the most well-known scripture passages, The Good Samaritan. They heard the good news that our God is there for us—in the times when we are the Good Samaritan and in the times when we pass by our fellow man. God calls us toward big examples of sacrifice like the one shown in this parable, just as much as he calls us toward the little everyday items of love and forgiveness. We serve a God who sacrificed greatly and who never passes on a chance to show beautiful little examples of love. That is good news!
A lunch of baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls followed. By the end of lunch, I had the (wonderful) responsibility to announce that there would be no dessert today. As usual, I was booed from cabin 1 to cabin 44 (and maybe some directors too). However, the jeers quickly turned to ecstasy as we celebrated together the news that we would be enjoying a Sunday Sundae bar instead! When an extended rest period was announced after that, the sound was deafening. Campers love ice cream and rest period! A lot. It’s the little things.
An afternoon of cabin activities, waterfront Olympics, and Risk capped off a day that is full of intentionality, rejuvenation, and fun. Throughout this week, and especially on a day like today, our counselors have been looking for signs of growth in your boys. Signs that they have overcome that one thing that was holding him back. Camp is not a place that recreates people. Instead, it is a place that hones in on the specific parts of a young man that gives him the best chance to grow in who he is. Whether that be homesickness, pride, fairness, grace, or a servant’s heart, growth happens here, and it happens in a big way. Some of those stories will be shared tonight on the mountain at Bear, Deer, and Mountain Camp Council Rings. The rest will be told individually with detailed conversations between your boys and their counselors, and they will also be told on the last night in front of their entire tribes at Fireside. The theme of all our stories of growth is not an overarching change in person, but a small sign of growth that can make a tremendous impact in our cabins, in our families, and in this world.
Sundays are better at camp, and, truthfully, it is nothing big that makes it special.
It’s the little things.
Tonight’s Bible Story…
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Story: The Good Samaritan
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the Good News?