A letter written to Bill from a young girl on how her experience as being a camper and being a counselor has helped shaped the trajectory of her life...
It was so nice to meet you this morning.
Camp Highland holds a very special place in my heart. In elementary school, I was a camper at the day camp. At the time, the camp was held at North Point Community Church. I loved spending my summers there, and my parents loved that I was having fun while being surrounded in a Christ-centered environment.
When I was 15, I applied for a counselor position at the day camp and spent my summer there. When I first started working at the camp, I thought that my primary goal was to lead and motivate the kids in my group. However, as the summer progressed, I realized that God brought me there for a greater purpose. Each week, the kids in my group inspired me to live better, be better, and not be afraid to let Christ’s light shine through me.
I am going into my senior year of college and my experience from Camp Highland still plays a role in my life today. Thank you for leading such an amazing Christ-centered organization!
We often get encouraging letters or notes from campers and parents about their experience at camp. This one in particular really tugged on the heart strings. It's from a mom who sent her child to Day Camp this summer. Check it out below
"A week has passed and I see scratched knees and bug bites. I see tired eyes and smiles. I see boys that smell of sweat and taste like salt. I see tiny hearts ready to grow because of gospel-seeds planted. Summer camp. Bathing suits and sandals. Bibles and worship. Bug spray and baseball caps. And counselors who have given their summer break to pour into the lives of little people - my little people - and I am forever grateful. All this for one man.
Who does this for one man, a man they’ve never seen or met? For a story they’ve only heard but still believe? Jesus: the one man, the only man that can turn hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. Who can take broken pieces and create something whole, different but whole. Who can redeem all things and make them new, even better, than before. Only one man can do this. Only Jesus.
How do these counselors know? How will my boys know?....How did Noah know the boat would be used and the rain would come?....How did Abraham know baby Isaac would arrive?....How did Mary know what grew in her belly would save the world?....How did they believe?
"Taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8) When you’ve had a taste of God and his goodness, you know. You know it’s worth giving up your summer break to serve. You know its worth your time to build a boat when the land is dry. You know the baby will arrive even though your wife is barren. And you know your virgin belly holds the Messiah. All because you have tasted of God. And it tastes good."
We can’t truly play with purpose if we are not also seeking real relationships and community with other followers of Christ. From the very beginning and throughout all Scripture, we see we are called to community and fellowship. We see it with Jesus and his disciples, with Job and his closest friends, with David and Jonathan, and really everywhere we look in Scripture. This is because we are designed to be in community. When we surround ourselves with other believers who really understand what it means to play with purpose, we are able to see and experience Christ more clearly. If we are truly trying to glorify God in everything we do, we must commit to doing it together.
Scripture is full of adventure. The most important thing about studying adventure within the Bible is understanding the purpose behind it. We, as Christians, have a great desire to journey and adventure, but we can't get lost in the fun or settle for cheap outlets to quench the desire. We must understand our purpose is to bring glory to God and to be able to use journey and adventure as a fundamental way to fulfill that mission.
"Playing with purpose." It sounds cool, but what does it really mean? How do you enjoy yourself and glorify God at the same time? Those seem like two things that cannot occur simultaneously, but at Camp Highland we not only think they can occur together, but we make it a priority to be purposeful in all our activities, especially playing!