There are a lot of fancy, competitive, expensive camps to choose from each summer. Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney says that camp (which is also the title of his best-selling book) was the most important experience of his life. His exclusive camp in Vermont was a sleep-away camp where kids stayed for eight weeks every summer. He says that camp made him the man he became. I think that church summer camp programs have the same effect on kids. Here's why:
The camp itself is being led by three wonderful counselors from the Lutheran camp about an hour
east of here. These young people have a passion for the gospel and a
heart for kids. They work incredibly hard all summer long for not a lot
of money, and make a huge difference in the lives of some of the campers
they counsel. Some weeks they work at camp; other weeks they go to churches like this one and put on camp at church.
It has been over 40 years since I went to confirmation camp, yet I can still tell you the names of some of my counselors. I can still sing all the words to many of the songs I learned there. It wasn't fancy, competitive, or expensive but it had a huge impact on the rest of my life. It was one of the ways my parents' baptismal promises were carried out - for that week, at camp, I lived among God's faithful people in a way that Sunday morning didn't deliver. And that's what's happening at day camp this week too!