Summer camp rewind
Well, that's a wrap. 68 days, nine eucharists, 1,980 campers, 7,000 blobs, 200 trail rides, 4,000 pictures of campers, 1,152 cabin devotionals, and an insurmountable amount of answered prayers later, summer camp season 2016 comes to a close.
This summer could not have been more amazing. God is so faithful to move in hearts as we pursue Him deeper. And though we look forward to fall as we start prayers and preparations for summer camp 2017, it wouldn't feel right to pack away the Chacos and pull out the school clothes without some sweet summer retrospect. So, please enjoy this memory book of Summer Camp 2016 as Senior Staff, RCCs, and summer camp staff remember all the things they learned about persevering through hardship, leaning on community, growing deep in friendship, working as a team, and God's infinite and divine power to invite us closer into relationship with Him.
"I wasn't expecting this community to get as tight knit as it is. We're close in ways I didn't anticipate. God has done things this summer I never thought he would." - Caroline Dobbs, Senior Staff
"The friendships made at camp are unlike any others. The friendships at camp, because they are built on the foundation of Christ, are supportive, encouraging, and life-long. The friends you make here are the friends you want to do life with for a long, long time." - Avery Armstrong, RCC
"From all the times I've felt so low and unwanted, I've never felt as high and loved as I do when I'm at camp with true friends of mine." - Fisher Cherry, RCC
"There are things about being a counselor in general that are awesome, but the relationships that you build with Senior Staff and CCs is amazing. One of my favorite parts was being able to pour into and mentor the CCs. The cool thing is getting to care for them like past RCCs poured into me." - Hunter Kolon, RCC
"This summer I learned to have faith. I think of that mustard seed faith. If you just have faith in Jesus, He will make it happen." - Katy Collins, RCC
"As vessels for Christ, the Holy Spirit works through you and sometimes you just have to leave it up to Him and have faith in that." - Michael Wiggin, RCC
"No one can make camp run by themselves, but all together we can help make it pretty awesome." Addie Tapp, Senior Staff
"God healed me of anxiety this summer. God can still do radical miracles. He took it from me and it's gone." - Abbie Holley, Senior Staff
"I kept praying my cabin would get curious, and the last night at devos my campers got so curious and deep I had to get help from a director. It was so cool. I'd been praying for that all week and God answered my prayer!" - Allison Hermes, RCC
"My campers were tired and they wanted me to read them a story to help them sleep, so I read them my philosophy textbook to fall asleep, and when I stopped they were like, 'That was awesome! I'm thinking so deeply, read it again!' So that basically backfired but it made for a great story." - Peyton Hoover, RCC
"After this summer I feel more equipped to talk to people about Jesus and share the truth with them. This summer I felt God speak through me when I was in conversations with other staff and counselors and campers, and that was the coolest thing. It makes me so excited to go back home and do that with my friends and family." Graham Scott, Senior Staff
"I've learned that it's just not about us, it's about Him. We can be vessels to glorify Him." - Emily Shafer, RCC
"I've been a camper here since 3rd grade and I'm going to be a senior in high school. It's been amazing to come back each year. My life changes each time. My counselors have made such an impact on my. They've showed me the love of Jesus, and being a CC this summer has allowed me to do that same thing." - Hannah McSherry, CC
"The power and growth that is driven by starting off the day just getting in the word with a group of people is beautiful. It's been a holy moment with senior staff guys every morning." - Caleb Mertz, Senior Staff
"I never thought I could love a group of people so much. I feel like God really got me out of my comfort zone this summer. God just turned me sideways and helped me see what was there all along. I learned how to just love, and love the right way. I feel so blessed to have worked with Senior Staff this summer." - Eric Villarreal, Senior Staff
"When I think about camp and why it's a special place, I think about the unconditional love of Christ. I think about the way our counselors and staff love each and every one of our campers no matter what. Backgrounds don't matter, talents don't matter, hardships don't matter. What matters is they are all God's creation and deserve the same love that Christ loves us with. And our big prayer is that is what changes a heart." - Kenton Boone, Assistant Summer Camp Director
Thank you Lord, for an incredible summer of service and life change. You're a good, good Father.