A couple weeks ago I got to go to my favorite place on earth, Camp of the Woods. Ever since my first time as a mission camper in 2004, I jump at any opportunity I have to go back. Between summer and winter camp, the longest I've been away in the last seven years has been a year. It is such a great place, with great people and a great mission. I could talk for days about everything Camp, but as my fingers would get tired, and you would get bored, I'll summarize in list form :)
1. Ever since my first summer, I've got to watch God be faithful in the most practical ways. Almost every year there has been an almost shortage of staff, yet God always provides.Literally, one year we thought we would be short guys staff, when a guy unexpectedly drove into camp for the week and said, "What? You guys didn't get my application? I sent it months ago!" ---This year, I got to be an answer to the prayer of more staff AND I got to meet and bring someone awesome with me. So, we had even more help and my mother was pleased I wasn't driving myself. AND I got to go in a car that didn't have transmission problems nor 275,000 miles on it...but that's a whole different story.
2. For a moment I thought I would be going up as support staff...but nope! I showed up Sunday night, and Monday morning I was in a cabin with a co-counselor and 10 ten and eleven year old girls, as well as a co-team captain with 16 seven to twelve year olds. It was awesome. I prayed that my cabin would be okay with being silly and wouldn't be too cool for me. We got to be silly. Though it may have been the first time Journey and The Black Eyed Peas made an appearance at camp, let's just say we had the "best dance party of all time." After spending so much of life doing adult like things, I was SO BLESSED to hang out with kids again.
3. New friends and old friends. Even by only being there for a week, I could tell that this summers staff was stellar. Top notch. Awesome. Meeting all the cool newbies made me wish I had been up there all summer. One of the great parts about camp, though, is that we WILL meet again. That's just how it works. In my week up there I got to connect again with friends, who though I don't see often, we can pick up just where we left off last time we were together. It's awesome. So good for my heart. AND since staff are from all over North America, I have great excuses to travel. Possible TN trip coming soon? I think yes :)
4. Downtown Minneapolis vs. 40 miles from the nearest town, only people on a lake, trees, wildlife, stars, quiet, beautiful. Enough said.
5. FOOD. Three square meals a day. Homemade. Delicious. Fantastic. After a summer of sporadic eating habits, that was phenomenal.
Again, I could talk about camp for days straight. If your interested in hearing more, or just want to give me an outlet to talk and talk and talk, let's grab coffee and I'll tell you some great stories :)