“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
— Thomas Edison
I offer today’s thoughts as a shout out for our staff. One of the joys and challenges each year is finding, training, and supporting outstanding staff each summer. The good news is that there’s no shortage of smart, good-natured, Christian, and caring college students. The challenge is finding these traits in young men and women who have experience working and are willing to do their work for long hours for several weeks. Our staff are asked to play many roles: friend, mentor, parent, teacher, skill leader, and sage. They need to be caring, creative, funny, patient, fierce, and friendly. If you’ve ever been a camp counselor you know what it’s like to be placed in this role at an early age. The work is both daunting and inspiring.
I think this why the staff find their work so engaging and worthwhile.
We look for young men and women who are eager to invest their lives in others. This is central to our calling as Christians since we are called to “Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34. I am encouraged and inspired daily as I watch our staff show up each day and share God’s love through compassion, sweeping, feeding, hiking, and listening. They are often very funny as well!
Not only are they caring for your son, but they are also developing traits that will serve them and their community well for the rest of their lives.
Thank you for partnering with us in this good work!