We’ve reached the time of the Summer where Church camp pictures have been trickling into my Facebook newsfeed. It’s been fun seeing all the smiling faces!
It’s also given me a chance remember the times I went to Church camp… both as a camper and as a junior counselor.
I went to church camp in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Each year was more fun but they got progressively better each year because we knew the camp and what to expect.
Church camp is the first place I remember being in a canoe and row boat. We got to take them across the lake to get to the beach for swim time.
Singing camp songs was always a favorite of mine as was outside Bible study.
The food was great too! I din’t know it at the time but I’d end up eating the camp cook’s food in college too! The woman who spent her Summers as a camp cook is the same woman who spent the school year as my fraternity’s cook.
I never went to Church camp alone. One of my best friends went along each year. It was good to have someone along that I knew but it was also good to make new friends… with both the other kids and the camp counselors.
When I was freshman in college I ended up running into a former camp counselor while job shadowing. It was fun to catch up and talk about the good times we had at camp.
He reminded me of an unfortunate “accident” I had the last year I attended camp. We were touring all the different areas of the camp grounds including where they slept in tents and really “roughed it”.
It was getting dark and I was at the back of the line and didn’t hear the instruction to stay to the right.
So I ended up stepping into one of the primitive dug out latrines! Fortunately it hadn’t been used too many times but one of my shoes and pant legs got a little “dirty”.
No worries. I wasn’t injured just a little embarrassed. I got cleaned up and everything got washed.
The good thing is that story stayed at Church camp (until now) so I wasn’t forever branded with a nickname like Stinky Foot!
Did you ever go to Church camp? What’s your favorite memory?A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp. - Raymond Duncan Click To Tweet