Simplicity – Camp Meeting 2018

If I had to choose one for to describe Camp Meeting it would be “simple”. Not to say that Camp Meeting is boring, but rather that it is stripped down to the bare bones of what Delanco is about. We live in a culture that celebrate busyness. Everything is always go, go, go! While I love that camp is a place to get away from the world and connect with God on a deeper level, I feel that often we still get caught up in the idea of being busy. Most weeks, the schedule is full from the time the campers wake up till the time they crash into their beds sixteen hours later. They finish breakfast just so they can rush to clean their dorms before running off to morning chapel and classes. In between classes, they descend on the snack shack in a whirlwind of sugar-fueled energy. The afternoon is filled with games on the soccer field, boat races on the lake, basketball tournaments, and rounds of gaga. While I loved this as a camper, it is simply not sustainable. Camper and staff alike go home after a week of camp filled with God, but thoroughly exhausted.

 

Camp meeting is different. The only items on the schedule are meals, bible study, and evening service. The pace is slower, but it is also more intentional. Instead of rushing into the dinning hall when meals are announced, people slowly trickle in until it is time to eat. They stay seated at their tables talking long after the food has been finished and cleared away. In the afternoon, parents sit on the beach together while their children splash in the lake or gather on the porch of the motel to talk while their babies nap.

 

That is the other thing I love about Camp Meeting. It is focused on families. There are parents here with their school-age children and parents here fellowshipping with their adult children. There are parents who raised their children to adulthood at Camp Meeting, only to have these children bring their own children here too. Camp Meeting is a multigenerational affair and it is a beautiful thing to witness.

 

Rev. Steve La Motte has been preaching on adoption, both his family’s story of adopting two boys from China and our story as Christians being adopted into God’s family. In a sense, Camp Meeting is another form of adoption. These families have taken each other in and established a family rooted in Christ and Delanco. Although I believe that deep friendships can be formed because of a week of camp, there is something special about friendships that have been shaped by families coming to camp year after year for decades. These are relationships that have survived marriages and children and retirements. Their bonds have been made stronger by worshiping together. In the end, Camp Meeting is a  family reunion.

Summer Staff Profiles: Meet the Camp Supervisor

As the summer season quickly approaches, we’ve asked the Delanco summer staff to tell us a little about themselves!

 

Name: Colleen McCullough

Job on staff this summer: Camp Supervisor

Years on Summer staff: This will be my 7th year

Years Attending Camp: As a camper? 0

Home church: Gibbsboro United Methodist Church

Fondest Delanco memory: Way too many to list. Many great friendships made here!

Favorite snack in the camp store: Not the chipwich 😳 Anything with caramel.

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Hopefully for making people realize their true worth.

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Watching what God has in store for us this summer.

Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Summer Staff Profiles: Meet the Roamers

As the summer season quickly approaches, we’ve asked the Delanco summer staff to tell us a little about themselves!

 

Name: Skylar Burns

Job on staff this summer: Store Keeper/Roamer

Years on Summer staff: First year

Years Attending Camp: Basically since birth

Home church: Lord of lords

Fondest Delanco memory: My first year being a counselor at junior camp

Favorite snack in the camp store: Chipwiches obviously

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Rescuing animals

What are you most looking forward to this summer? New friendships & becoming closer with God

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10

 

 

Name: Mackenzie Gossard

Job on staff this summer: Media Intern

Years on Summer staff: Two, although I have been on weekly staff for 7 years

Years Attending Camp: Twelve

Home church: Sicklerville United Methodist

Fondest Delanco memory: There are so many but some that stick out are playing Bible Smugglers, making the Fanatic music videos, dominating chicken in a hen house, and Nat being the sweatshirt monster.

Favorite snack in the camp store: Dr. Pepper and nut cones

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Honestly probably math

What are you most looking forward to this summer? As the media intern I enjoy getting to share what is going on at camp with those who aren’t there. Oh and pretzel sandwiches of course.

Favorite Bible Verse: Acts 1:8