This was an incredibly beautiful day! As we opened the doors to welcome nearly 300 campers to Rockmont today, we all shared the gift of watching our young men play and explore camp with their families. With the sun high in the sky and the mountains towering over Lake Eden, families hit the waterfront, boarded the canoes, and harnessed up for the zip line. Camp was in full swing, and we were grateful to be able to share with each person at camp today all the joy that our campers will experience the next two weeks.
When we said goodbye to all the parents and siblings and grandparents who came for drop-off, our campers returned to their cabins for some intentional time of getting to know their fellow cabinmates. Names were shared, along with personal stories that often included classic details like a camper’s name, where he’s from, how many summers he has spent at Rockmont, and his favorite animal or sports team. Counselors also walked campers through a typical daily schedule and provided them with a lot of good and helpful information so that they could enter the session with more knowledge of camp and excitement for things to come.
During the afternoon, we split up by tribe for afternoon activities. These included camp classics like Octopus Tag, Alaskan Soccer, Shirt-Tail Tag, 3-Ball/3-Disc, and more. The purpose of these tribal activities was to get campers active and engaged, providing some fun opportunity for them to connect better with cabinmates and the others in their tribes. The online photos will tell the stories of those tribal activities each day. We’ll also write about those activities here on the blog.
Make sure you remember which tribe your son is in so that you can keep up with the posts: Buckeye (Cabins 1-6), Birch (Cabins 7-12), Hickory (Cabins 13-18), Hemlock (Cabins 19-26), Poplar (Cabins 27-35), and Sycamore (Cabins 36-44).
After re-fueling at dinner and taking a camp-wide photo, we jumped right back into activities. Buckeyes toured camp via a photo scavenger hunt. Birches moved lake-side for a capture-the-flag style game called Gladiator. Hickory and Hemlock headed into the gym for an exciting game of Battle Ball, and Poplar and Sycamores prepared for their first night of Council, a long-time Rockmont tradition.
As the evening moved on, the beauty of that clear mountain view gave way to a whole other spectacle common to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our evening thunderstorm moved us back indoors, but it was the perfect backdrop for our evening devotion, the story of Jesus calming the storm (Luke 8:22-25). With occasional thunderclaps and a sky illuminated with distant lightening, our counselors led campers through this fascinating story. For the campers, the scene of Jesus with his disciples on the boat was experienced in a new way.
In each of our cabin devotions this summer, we are asking our campers (1) where they see themselves in the story and (2) what’s the good news. In tonight’s story, we read this good news:
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” (Luke 8:24-25 NLT)
Part of the good news of tonight’s story is that this God who spoke all of creation into being is the same God who quieted the wind and the waves with the disciples on that stormy night years ago. And what makes that truth even better is the fact that this very same God is the one who speaks into our hearts with life-giving, storm-calming power even today (2 Corinthians 4:6). The beauty and the adventure of the next two weeks will be unpacking that good news all the more as we play and live together in community. We’ll ask that age-old question, “Who is this man?,” and seek the answer together.
Thanks for entrusting your son to our care. We are deeply grateful! Keep checking back regularly for more photos and updates. Have a great evening!
Bear Camp Director
Today’s Bible Story…
Story: Jesus Calms the Storm
Scripture: Luke 8:22-25