The Magic of a New Day

Shawn Marler June 17, 2014

I love the first full day of camp. Everyone wakes up with the excitement of a new day. The veterans are thrilled to be back at their “home away from home,” and the first timers are getting the confidence that they can do this “camp thing” and that they are good at it, as well. One of the many things we try to teach the campers is to say “YES” to whatever the next activity may be. Once they are engaged in a new song, skill, game, challenge, or friendship, watch out, because good things are about to happen.

Today’s menu:

Breakfast- French toast, sausage, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt

Lunch- chicken fingers, mac and cheese, carrots and peas, fruit and salad

Dinner- Hamburgers, slaw, chips, fruit and salad bar

Your guys eat a ton when they are at camp. This is a good thing because we are asking them to try a lot of new things. We try and have a balance between slow and go, but even so, the campers are moving much of the day. They eat and sleep with enthusiasm.

Skills! Day one of skills is always exciting as the campers meet their instructors and begin to learn a new skill or master an old one. The majority of the instructors (skill heads) are local teachers who have become master teachers of a Rockmont skill area. Camp offers a marvelous learning environment for the campers: clean air, cool temperatures, fun learning, and plenty of room are all plusses. Each skill should have at least three ways to connect to a young man: enough complexity to engage the mind, enough fun to engage the spirit, and enough life lessons to keep him learning for years to come. I watched as some of your son’s started their first lessons in Blacksmithing and Fly Tying. Both of these art forms take a young man’s full attention and all of the guys were up to the task.

Tonight the younger four tribes go up the mountain for council. Council provides campers some time for quiet, wonder, and reflection. It also creates a sacred space for the counselors to tell your sons where we see them growing and name for them traits that will serve them well the rest of their lives. I wish you all could be here to see it, but that is a story for your sons to tell when they return home.

I hope each of you is doing well.


Today’s Bible story is…
David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the good news?

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