Camp is alive! Just before lunch, I stepped onto the lifeguard stand down at the Waterfront to grab a front-row seat to see all the fun. One of things I love most about lifeguarding at Rockmont is that our individual guarding zones are focused on one activity at a time. Today, I guarded the low dive and the high dive, with a view toward the Blob.
While scanning my area, I saw campers full of excitement. For some, it was the nervous excitement that comes from peering off the 12-foot-high diving board to the water below. For others, it was the joyfully tense excitement that comes from waiting to be launched high from the Blob into the air by a friend. And for others, it was the joyful excitement that comes from seeing your friend do something “Awesome!” off the diving board.
These varying forms of excitement were not only seen on the waterfront this morning, but could be found all around the mountain. Half of our tribes, in fact – Hickory, Hemlock, and Sycamore – are all in the midst of camp outs either here or in Pisgah National Forest. And their excitement takes a different form. The joy of starting a fire, of cooking your own food over that fire, and the reward of seeing all of camp from atop our summit, Eden Rock, after gaining over 1700 feet in elevation along the hike.
Camp is alive! And it’s because your sons are showing up – eager to play, eager to try something new, and eager to learn a new skill. The excitement is building, and that’s because your sons are living into the best parts of who they are. Tonight, we’ll gather around campfires and inside cabins for our gospel reading from Mark 2:1-6, “The Healing of the Paralytic.” There’s excitement there, too, as campers dig deeper into the good news that faith often finds its greatest expression in friendships that lead one another to Jesus.
Associate Director for Staff Development