A little something different today. As we wrap up staff training and prepare for our campers on Sunday, a reflection on how camp gets hold of you and becomes part of the fabric of your life.
In 1981, there was a Sunday School teacher at my church who was really promoting church camp. She was trying to get as many as she could to go and experience Camp Mount Luther.
With my parent's approval, I decided to go. I had a great week with a neat counselor and a cool group of cabinmates. It was really fun and I couldn't wait to go back the next summer.
For nine years I would travel to Mount Luther to spend some time in the summer sun. I always knew that when I saw the cows painted on the local farmer's barn, I was almost there. Every year, I couldn't wait to go back.
It wasn't until I started working at Mount Luther in 1990 that I began to learn the wisdom of life in those mountains of Central Pennsylvania. Patience, tolerance, humor, love, caring, and the values of friendship are things I learned as I hiked, swam, read, played, and laughed. Everything for a good life is there at the foot of Jones Mountain. Camp Mount Luther is indeed a special place to learn about life, to learn about yourself, and to learn about God.
I continue to gain those same life lessons since I became the camp director in 2001. I continue to make unforgettable memories, relationships that help me through the good and bad, and feel sense of God's presence in my life.
I hope you too have a special place or activity that does the same thing for you. And know when you leave it, you never really leave a place you love. You always take part of that place with you, leaving part of you behind. --Chad Hershberger
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