I have a long history with camp ministry, as camper, counselor, person on retreat, and as camp director. I think that I’ve done and seen most of what that world has to offer.
Our Lutheran camps are very special places, not because of the toys, not because of the fancy accommodations, and not because they have celebrity sports people running them. No, what makes them amazing is something different.
When you go to an adventure camp or sports camp, you end up telling stories of how awesome the adrenaline surge felt, how high the climbing wall was, how our team scored points. These are great experiences, but Lutheran camp ministry ends up with a different story.
Kids come home saying, “I really liked my counselor.” Or, “It rained and we had to cancel everything but it was awesome because we played games or sang.” Sometimes best friends are made during camp.
It’s our calling to proclaim the goodness of God and maybe this is best done in the wilderness, at camp.
Lord God, help us to cast the seed of Jesus' teaching so that your kingdom may be known by all. Amen. — SB