How Strangers Become Neighbors

Shawn Marler June 19, 2017

We have had a full weekend here at Rockmont! The Buckeye and Birch tribes went camping Friday night though Saturday morning. We had a rather wet start to the weekend, but that did not deter them from heading up the mountain. With a little determination, fires were lit, dinner was cooked, s’mores were roasted, and the campers were sharing stories around the campfire.

All tribes were back on camp for a full day of tribal activities on Saturday. Plus, we had two Free Swims! Free Swim is an incredibly fun opportunity for campers to choose activities they want to join. We have staff all over camp so that campers can choose whether to go down to the Waterfront to Blob, jump on the Turtle, leap off the high dive, ride down the Gully Washer or Zipline, play our 18-hold Disc Golf course, or hop in the Thunderball Pit. They get to pick their style of fun! We ended Saturday by hosting a Social with Camp Hollymont. Campers could be found around camp on a hay ride, at the photo booth, making crafts, playing yard games, or dancing in the Gym.

We woke up this morning to the sound of Deer and Mountain campers completing their Mile Swim. Those who choose this challenge are rewarded with a crowd cheering them on, plus donuts and hot chocolate. We then gathered by age groups for camper church. The afternoon kicked off with Sunday Sundaes, and then we headed into cabin activities. Finally, all campers attended Council this evening to celebrate the past week of growth.

Our church Scripture reading this morning brought us to the story of the Good Samaritan. There we learned that God is continually calling us to broaden our definition of “;neighbor.” In this story, Jesus calls us to “;love our neighbor as ourself.” The story of the Good Samaritan, in particular, teaches us that we might be surprised by who our neighbor is. When you show up to camp, you might come with a friend. But for the most part, you are entering a world of strangers. Over the course of the last week, however, strangers have become neighbors. We’ve lived together, played alongside one another, and supported one another all week long. We have broadened our definition of “;neighbor.” There’s been many opportunities to live into the call to love our neighbors as ourselves. We’ll continue that work in the week ahead!


Shawn Marler

Tonight’s Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Story: The Good Samaritan
+ Where do you see yourself in the story?
+ What’s the good news?

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