20 Things I Learned at Camp

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There are several things I have learned since moving out to camp. Since this is only my second summer spending any amount of time at Delanco, I had a lot to learn! Here is a fun list of random facts I have learned so far this summer:

1. Delanco feet…your feet are never clean. It does not matter how many times you shower or how hard to scrub them, they are always dirty and it is totally normal to have nasty feet

2. Hammock City is the best place at camp to take an afternoon nap

3. During Pirates, if you do not want to get wet or shake ‘n baked, stay far, far away from the beach and keep something technological on your person at all times

4. The soccer field is actually just a massive sand pit

5. Wompus is this *huge* snapping turtle and kids are obsessed with him

6. No one ever says “Tenth Avenue North,” and if you do, people look at you like you’re from Mars. Instead, it is just “Tenth Ave” or “the guys”

7. Wawa-Man is one of the funnest Planned Rec games to watch…or play

8. Pretzel Rolls are the lunch favorite

9. Sunday night snack is always referred to as “grease night”

10. Nixon’s makes the best cheesesteaks

11. Shake ‘n Bake has nothing to do with chicken or bread crumbs

12. Sleep-in day means relaxed mornings

13. You dress up for service, then immediately change back into “camp clothes” for snack and night games

14. By the end of camp, you will be able to build a sandcastle after unpacking…or two sandcastles

15. Friday afternoon at Junior Camp means “best bed” winners shaving cream their favorite staff member

16. Never say “what is that?” (example: what is a shake ‘n bake?) because you will be their next victim

17. Having a birthday at camps means you will be sung to obnoxiously many, many times

18. Camp friends are literally the best friends you will ever have

19. It does not matter if you wear a whistle and carry a radio or if you are a camper, God always meets and speaks to everyone

20. There is no other place I would rather be than here because God is everywhere and camp is an incredible place to reconnect with Him, grow in your faith, and make friends that will last a lifetime.

The Ragman

 

IMG_9534No sin is too sinful for the cross. Through Christ, we are able to go to the foot of the cross and be cleansed from our dirtiness, brokenness, and past, future, and present mistakes and be perfectly clean.

Last night in service, we focused on the dirtiness of our hearts and going before God in humility. At the end of the sermon, the worship team began playing a closing worship song as ushers handed out stained, dirty, and gross rags, resembling our sin, to everyone in the tabernacle. Jeremy read us a story, “The Ragman,” by Walter Wangerin, Jr.; this story is told in a first person perspective about a man known as the Ragman, who found the broken, the dirty, the outcasts who had filthy garments for possessions and gave them new, clean rags. He traded his own belongings and took their rubbish as his own.

The story continues through The Ragman’s death and remarkable resurrection three days later, concluding with The Ragman clothing the storyteller in new garments and his stains being washed whiter than snow.

At the end of the story, pew by pew the campers and staff were released to go to the cross, exchange their dirty rag and pick up a clean cloth that was laying on the alter. As each person went forward, it was a reminder of the work Christ did for us over 2000 years ago. He took our sin and shame and made us new, through Christ, we wear new, spotless, robes.

Free Time Adventures

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It has been interesting to watch what the campers do during free time. A few play in the lake, a few go fishing or out on boats, and some staff members help organizes planned tournaments. Today, there was a Kan Jam tournament put together by Garth and Frankie, a Gaga tournament led by Justin, and a random game of soccer outside the snack shop.

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As I was walking around camp for these different events, it became obvious these campers love to play sports and be active. But more than that, they love including everyone in each activity. I was amazed and at times slightly shocked at the effort each camper/staff put into making each person feel welcomed into the tournament or game.

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I love watching friendships form and relationships grow at camp. Each week it encourages my heart at the way every camper and every staff reach out and show the love of Christ through their actions.