Prayer: For all the memorable experiences you give us in this life, O Lord, we give you thanks. Amen.
Reading: Read your favorite Bible story today.
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
In 1991, when I was a counselor at Mount Luther, Meghan Weaver (nee Grindle) and I had the honor of having second grade campers for two weeks in a row. Because of this unprecedented honor (or at least we thought it was), we created our own college! I wrote about it for an article in my church newsletter and share it below as a story from Mount Luther's history!
I am one of only two people who I know who are graduates of Crayola College. I majored in SWAT Van washing and my friend majored in Sayings Your Mother Said That You Never Thought Would Come Out of Your Mouth.
We had a great time at Crayola College. It lasted two weeks and we even got an official Crayola College button and T-shirt. I was even awarded with a Crayola College crown. Our diplomas are simple-- they're blue with a seal and some writing. They even came with a protective plastic covering and are signed by the president of the college.
Many of my friends are envious that I am a Crayola College graduate. They can't believe that I actually survived the two weeks of intense game playing, coloring, running, storytelling, following, leading, and hokey-pokey playing. It was a grueling task; but, somebody had to do it.
My Crayola College experience is one that I will never forget. And sixteen second graders will never forget it when they hear a whistle blow twice ("Run to the pool shed, please!") Crayola College was more than an experience-- it was an adventure! --Chad Hershberger
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