Being one of the caretaker’s daughters, the question I hear almost every single day is whether or not I like living at Delanco year round. People are always wondering what it’s really like to live here at Lake Agape. And honestly, it’s one of my favorite things, and here’s why.
1. It’s beautiful here. I feel so lucky to be able to get the chance to see this place in every season. There is something so perfect about watching the leaves change, or seeing the sandy ground covered in snow. So many people only get to see Delanco in the summer, but it’s incredibly beautiful here year round.
2. It’s hard work. Between spending hours raking leaves, painting buildings, or mopping the dinning hall floors, there is always something to be done here, even in the off season! On the plus side, I get to serve with my family, and that is one of my favorite things. We work as a team here in the Chambers family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
3. You always have to be prepared to face the unexpected. From falling trees, to dozens of wild turkeys, you never really know what you’re going to find out here at camp! There’s always something new to discover here.
4. It’s peaceful. It’s so great to sit out down by Lake Agape when no one else is around. I love taking walks or going to do personal devotions in the Chapel in the Pines. Everything is so quiet and still in the off-season that there is no better time to sit and listen to what God is trying to say.
5. It’s incredible to see and meet so many people. While it is nice when camp is empty, it’s so satisfying when you do see people running around playing gaga or walking around the grounds. I’ve gotten the chance to meet so many incredible people that God has used to shape my life immensely the past few years. And so many of the friends I’ve made are life-long.
6. You learn a lot. There are so many things I’ve learned since moving to camp, like how to install and air conditioner by myself, how to use a nail gun and a power saw, how to build a pretty epic campfire using old dressers, and how to change fluorescent light bulbs. On a more serious note, I have learned the true meaning of what it means to have a servants heart. I’ve learned so much about myself the past three summers living here at camp, and because of those experiences, I’ll never be the same.
7. It’s kind of like having your own personal playground. Between going to do some archery, deciding to trudge the lake in canoes in January, star-gazing out in the soccer field, to laying down on the stage to watch a movie in the Tabernacle, there is so much we get the chance to do here, and I’ve got to say, it’s a lot of fun!
8. It’s humbling. Over the past 6 months, my family has seen how powerful it can be when people come together for a single purpose. When my Dad broke is leg back in March, seeing the outpouring of love, support, and time from the people of Delanco Camp and the local community, we felt so incredibly humbled.
9. It’s truly a blessing. Honestly, living at camp has been a dream of mine since I was a junior camper. And I feel so grateful to get the chance to be here. God has been working immensely in my life since I moved onto the grounds in June 2013. While living at camp certainly has it’s ups and downs, there is truly no place I’d rather be then here at Lake Agape.