A Light that Guides

Mark McAlister July 6, 2014

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  These were the words that the young Birch men heard as they awoke from their shelters in the woods. Their charge for the day was to go out and be a light towards others.

Bear Camp woke up this morning in various shelters all throughout the woods of Rockmont. The Buckeyes enjoyed attempting the “Choctaw Challenge” where they climbed up the mountain to one of the overlooks to enjoy a nice view and a great morning watch. The Birches enjoyed their morning sitting by a fire and enjoying some delicious bagels before they headed down the mountain. Down at main camp the returning campers were greeted by the masses of Deer Campers who were enjoying an enthralling game of “Outbreak,” where campers try and find “the cure” by obtaining seven different colors of paint hidden throughout camp before the infected tag them out!

Everyone enjoyed the first of the two freeswims on another beautiful Rockmont day. Afterwards, everyone “carbed up” for the day on a tasty meal of pasta, broccoli, and breadsticks. Campers rushed off afterwards for a short rest period followed by campwide retreat, where the entire camp gathered around to continue the Fourth of July festivities. Davie Crockett, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, William Taft, and Thomas Jefferson paid camp a visit to share some fun facts about themselves. Retreat ended with the singing of the National Anthem as the American flag was raised.

After Retreat each camp dispersed to Participate in their own form of the Olympics. Bear Camp headed off to the Golf course to enjoy some good ol’ fashioned Hillbilly Olympics where we played games like “The Egg & Spoon” and “Watermelon Rind Chuckin.” Deer Camp could be found near Inspiration Point where they played “Giant Olympics” by playing games with really big stuff like giant bowling pins! Mountain Camp was down on the waterfront playing “Waterfront Olympics,” a Rockmont classic.

The second freeswim began, and many headed off towards showers in preparation for the Camp Social with Hollymont. The boys refueled one last time with some delicious Hamburgers and then waited for the arrival of the Hollymont Girls. The social was a blast, and many campers stormed the gym for some crazy dancing. Others hung around the waterfront making bead animals or socializing on the lawn.

The night came to a close with a barrage of beautiful fireworks. As each firework launched off into the sky to culminate into a big burst of light that illuminated all of camp, we were reminded once again how powerful light truly can be.


Mark McAlister

2014 Birch Tribal Director

Tonight’s Bible Story…
Story: Beatitudes
Scripture: Matthew 5:2-12

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