Summer is over, and as camps we’re moving into our group rental season. Many of you may still be a little weary from summer camp, and are trying to reorganize yourselves, your staff, and your camps to better serve the groups that will come out to use your facilities.
I wanted to remind you that you’ve done an excellent job this year. Quite often, the rewards of camp ministry are visible: you see staff leading kids to Christ, the kids are obviously having fun, and they don’t want to leave at the end of the week.
But sometimes in our effort to make our camp the best place on earth, we don’t notice that it already is. Camp changes lives, people. Kids don’t always come right up to you and tell you how positive their experience has been — in fact, many of them won’t even know until years later, when they look back on their time at camp.
Need some encouragement? Click on this link to see some testimonies from kids and their parents about their life-changing camp experiences: http://www.ccamping.org/index.php?id=3
I hope that as you prepare to minister to the groups using your camp facilities, you can look back on the summer knowing that you did your best. And I’d also like to encourage you to continue doing your best through the fall and winter. In most cases, the opportunity to share God’s love is greatly diminished during rental group season: there is no obvious program, and for the most part, the clients are just coming out to use your camp’s activities and facilities, and that’s it. So you’ll have to show them God’s love through your actions.
The Bible says in Matthew 7:16-20 that people can recognize a tree by the fruit it bears. Let your fruit be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control (Galations 5:22-23).
And always remember John 13:35: “By this all men will know that you are disciples, if you love one another.”
I hope you’ve been blessed with great staff and wonderful weather this fall as you switch your operations from summer camp to other things. Know that you’re doing a good job for the kingdom — keep running the race!