At Rockmont, we are humbled that parents trust us with their children. We are ever-aware of the gravitas it carries, because we know every conversation we have with a young man, every act of servitude, every behavior-correcting chat handled with love can shape their own aspirations for their futures.
As we strive to lead by example, we know that our efforts have a long term impact. The great theologian Tim Keller put it in this context in his book Every Good Endeavor:
“Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught.
Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.”
That is why we pour into our staff. We emphasize what my dear friend and Rockmont staffer Chuck Flourney describes as “having a life-giving spirit.” Because, as he penned a few years ago,
“By volunteering to do the hardest jobs, by making their campers know they’re not asking them to do anything that they wouldn’t do themselves, they establish the credibility from which to lead.”
Our mission is growth, and we are privileged to apply it to campers and counselors alike. I have gotten to watch counselors grow in their skill areas, their confidence, their faith, and so much more. Our staff members find immense joy in listening to their campers’ stories and building meaningful relationships with these young men.
They celebrate their campers’ successes wholeheartedly, as if those accomplishments are their own. And in some ways, they are. At Rockmont, one camper’s success is everybody’s success.