This summer has flown by faster than I even imagined it would. I spent the first half of the summer getting ready for camp, so I will talk about that first.
If you have known me for any length of time, you know that the Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois (ECC) has been a HUGE part of my life. I spent 11 years as a camper and 16 years as a counselor (and was there in my mom’s belly one year!). This year I started my tenure as the Senior Session Director. I haven’t missed a summer since 1987. As a child I looked forward to camp all year but now I’m even more involved. In addition to being the Senior Session Director, I am the the camp Registrar and sit on the Camp Board. All of that means that camp is more like a job. But my camp friends are definitely more like family and I truly believe in the ministry. We get to interact with kids in a Christian camp setting for a whole week. We worship with them. We pray with them. We laugh with them. We talk to them. For some of these kids, camp is the only good week they have all year. For all of them it is a chance to experience Jesus in ways they may not get to at home. I could devote an entire blog to my thoughts and feelings about this camp, but that will have to wait. For now, here are some photos from camp this year.
We had a great week. In Seniors we had very little drama and LOTS of spiritual growth. Our healing and commissioning services were awesome. We added archery to our activity list and were able to have a few more activities with other sessions. My first year as a session director was exhausting. Like, more exhausting than the year I was seven months pregnant! And I came home and immediately jumped in to some intense potty training (more on that later!).
I am planning a lot of upcoming posts. Rest assured that The Great Purge is ongoing. We have tackled about 75% of the list. Stay tuned as I catch you up on the rest of our summer adventures! In the meantime, I want to know about YOUR camp experiences. Did you go to sleep-away camp as a kid? Did you love it or hate it? Favorite memories?