Summer Camp Culture – Salute Your Shorts

Sing it with me now, “Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our heart….”

Salute Your Shorts was a ’90s Nickelodeon show set at the fictional Camp Anawanna. I can’t remember if I watched the show when it was originally aired or when it was in re-runs but either way it was on Nickelodeon while I was a camper at Delanco Camp and always did an excellent job of keeping me in the camp spirit throughout the school year.

The show, which lasted only two seasons, was based on the 1986 book of the same name. It focused on a group of teenage campers, their annoying counselor and the various issues that arise during their time at Anawanna. Among the show’s characters was one of the more unforgettable nicknames in the history of television – Donkeylips.

The show’s name comes from a popular prank where boy campers steal a pair of boxer shorts from another camper and run them up the flag pole, replacing the American flag for the morning flag salute. I’ve not heard tell of this particular prank happening at camp, but there was something other than a flag flying on our flag pole at one point during Teen 2 this summer.

Have you seen the show? What do you remember most about it?

Purchase Salute Your Shorts, Vol. 1 at iTunes
Purchase Salute Your Shorts, Vol. 2 at iTunes

Strength For Service

Be sure to thank a Veteran for their service and say a prayer today for our men and women in the military all around the globe.

Here’s a cool free offer to check out too:

From Nov. 7-21, in honor of Veteran’s Day, Strength for Service is pleased to offer a free download of the Kindle edition of the popular devotional.

To download your free Strength for Service, click here.

While Strength for Service is geared toward the military and those in the service of others, many family members and friends find much comfort in the book’s inspirational words. Anyone can download this free version.

You do not need a Kindle to download this electronic copy – the version will also work with the free Kindle for Mac/PC and Kindle mobile versions.

Here’s a cool video that tells the story of Strength For Service

Book Review: Radical

How much of our understanding of the gospel as Americans is American and how much is biblical? That’s the question 30-something megachurch pastor David Platt asks early on in his best-selling book “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream.”

“Fundamentally, the gospel is the revelation of who God is, who we are, and how we can be reconciled to him,” Platt writes. “Yet in the American dream, where self reigns as king (or queen), we have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the gospel in order to accommodate our assumptions and our desires.”

That’s the key question Platt wrestles with throughout the book as he encourages the reader much the way he does the 4,000-some odd people who attend his church in Birmingham, Alabama, to live the kind of life that turns the American dream upside down.

The title more or less says it all because Platt is advocating a radical way of living for Christ that is about surrendering everything we have to the will of Christ, whatever that might take and whatever corner of the world God might call us to. For David and his family it has meant traveling to places where church services have to be held in secret, where hunger and poverty is almost unbearable and where people have yet to hear the Gospel.

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