When June 1st rolled around I had successfully finished my first year as a 6th grade teacher, but as a twelve-month staff member my duties for the year had not ended. I was assigned to work with the maintenance crew for the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed myself that first month, and the school gained a whole bunch of new lights! I also learned some great skills, and I made one really good friend. Thanks Stephen Doney for your lasting friendship!
But maintenance was not what God had planned for me the rest of the summer. About 25 years earlier the church has started a Day Camp program. Since then it had passed through the capable hands of numerous men. God had chosen that in 2008 I would be the next.
Schaumburg Christian Day Camp has become one of my most enjoyable duties. I graduated from Bob Jones with a Camp Ministries major, so being able to us what I learned has been fantastic, but I really enjoy having a lasting impact on the lives of my staff and campers. Originally I thought God wanted me working some place like the Wilds. I counseled there for two summers and loved every game, camper, flu, rain drop, trial, stair, and meal. The staff was integral in helping me align my life with God’s will. But I went into Christian schooling because I realized the one relationship that I enjoyed most in the camp environment was the relationship between the camp director and the counselors. The campers came and went faster than a game of Big Ball Volleyball, but those men and women had such a profound affect on me. I wanted to be able to do that for others, but I thought I had a better chance being a school teacher (once again, a job with long-term relationships) than I becoming a camp director. After my first year of teaching . . . I became a camp director too.
My goal through this camp has been to create something far more than mere child care. I want the campers to have an enriching experience. I want them to have a place to go where they can learn, have fun, and grow. But most importantly, I want a place where the children are being watched by men and women who genuinely love them and want the best for them. I want the counselors to help the campers see God in every moment, activity, conflict, and blessing. I want the campers to see how Christians live and breathe. God has given me hundreds of little lives to point toward Him. Thank you, Lord!
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