It is that time ofyear again to break out your Chacos and hammocks. As the end of the academic school year is in sight, the many Christian camp counselors are getting pumped to work in God’s creation all across the nation. Camp provides us with an opportunity as adults to sing songs with silly actions, make a fool out of ourselves in front of hundreds of kids and y bring big truths from the Bible. Whether you are gearing up for a fun theme such as a jungle excursion, a western hay day or building up the construction zone, God has an incredible summer in front of you. (Even if you are not working at a summer camp, He still has an incredible summer planned for you.)
Now do not get me wrong, I love camp ministry. I love it so much that I would love to make it a full time job someday, but there is one issue with camp counselors I have seen. That issue is the sense of Camp Pride. We all think that our camp is the best camp there is. It is great to love your camp, but there is a way to approach this while not putting down others and the work that they have done in other areas and other jobs.
For those of you who have not worked at a camp before, let me give you a quick run-down of how camp counselors compare their camp to others. We ask questions such as: How many staff do you have? How many campers do you have in your cabin? How many campers do you have per week on site? How many weeks does your camp run? It is so easy to place our beloved camp that we come from over our peer’s camps. But here is the deal: are we not all serving the same great God? We should rejoice in the work that our fellow brothers and sisters are doing to further God’s kingdom.
As you pack your backpacks with Band-Aids, germ disinfectants, bug spray and dozens of pens, remember the bigger picture about this upcoming summer. As you are woken up in the middle of the night because a camper is homesick, they wet the bed or they are too afriad to go to the bathroom in the dark alone, remember the bigger picture. Seeing as how your camp salary is not enough to cover college tuition, remember the bigger picture. When you arrive back on campus next fall, listen to the stories from your friends and fellow camp lovers as you rejoice together about the work God did in and through you this summer. Do not worry about comparing your experience to others, just share in your joy.