Saturday, July 22, 2006

Back from Camp

I'm just back from my annual pilgimage to church camp. The past couple of times I've been I've worked Senior High camp.

I first went to camp at Lakeview in winter 1978. It was a "Midwinter" weekend event. I don't remember any details, but I think I liked it. That summer, and the next several summers I attended summer camp each year until I began college. I liked the fellowship of camp. I liked the people who were there. I didn't care for the content & lessons so much. In my memory it was more the gospel of diversity and pluralism than the gospel of Jesus. There seemed to be an assumption that all the kids there were already Christians.

Camp has improved immensely in the past 25 years. Though there is still great variety from camp to camp, district to district, and year to year, in my experience working camp the gospel of Jesus is regularly preached, invitations to receive Christ given (and responded to). While the organization could be improved (Texas conference camps are still run by the pastors and laity in the districts who do the work on the side), all in all, I think they are a positive experience for the kids. You can hear the messages and devotionals from our camp at http://tridistrictcamp.blogspot.com

Attendance at our camp was up this year. There were about 940 in the four camps together - 240 in our camp alone. Logistics were a little difficult: we had to go back and forth across the property to get to meeting rooms for small groups. Normally the exercise would be gladly accepted, but with the temperatures over 100 every day, it was pretty hard.

2 Comments:

Blogger Carol said...

Isn't it great to go back to Lakeview? I've missed the past two summers, but will be returning next summer for Patrick's last year in mid-high camp.

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Anonymous Kim said...

Hey, I remember those Texas Conference (I think North Houston) camps of the late 70s. I met you guys there! However, don't expect me to feel your pain about 100 degreee temps at Lakeview. Having just joined the Church of the Nazarene, I have gained a new appreciation for UM camps. The Nazarene Camp Arrowhead (just outside of Glen Rose) has not yet added air conditioning to the boys' cabins, and the girls' cabins only got cool in the wee hours of the morning. Plus, communal bathrooms and a way-too-small swimming pool. The plus side of the Nazarene camp is --- the program was the best I've ever been a part of, bar none. This includes North Texas Impact Camps and Northwest Texas One-Way Camps (both evangelical choices -=- can you tell I've done camp for decades?).

10:02 AM  

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