LYFE Camp 2009 Week I – Preparation Day

This week, I’m blogging about LYFE Camp, the week-long United Methodist Church youth camp I’ve been attending for fifteen years now. I spent two years as a camper, three as a Counselor-In-Training, six as a Senior Counselor, and this, my fourth year as Dean. While my blog here at Scrawlers is usually about creativity and writing, perhaps regular readers and campers’ parents alike will find inspiration in reading the stories of camp. I’ll blog as often as I can, though finding the free time to sneak away and write at camp is tricky. We’ll see what happens as the week goes on. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and your comments are always appreciated (I’ll pass them along, too, as I’m able)

The entire Senior Counselor and Counselor-In-Training staff, minus SC Robert B. who needed to preach at his church Sunday morning, SC Michael K. who traveled from Pipestone, and Chaplain Kent J. who helped with the bus on Sunday, carpooled up to Decision Hills Camp in Spicer, MN on Saturday to gear up for the campers’ arrival. We talked about our mission, the theme of the week, appropriate boundaries and role modeling, worship planning, and preparing fun stuff like nametags, the volleyball game schedule, and cabin posters to help campers know where to put their stuff.

I’m a fan of the Saturday / Sunday time for just the counselors because it helps our CITs get reacquainted and into the zone of serving our campers. Our scriptures of inspiration for training came from The Message translation of Romans 15:1-2 and Romans 12:9-21, if you care to see what direction we’re coming from this year. I’m excited about the ensemble we’ve assembled with this year’s staff; they’re going to do powerful things.

Campers arrive tomorrow…

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