Yesterday’s rainy/sunshiny day marked the first full day that campers were here. While church and Sunday School service were in session, the rain held off so that campers could enjoy being outside to learn more about God. Later in the afternoon, we all played games on the lawn where our friend and pet duck, Duncan, came to join us. As I was watching the campers and the duck play, it was almost too picturesque to be real. The whole scene reminded me of a quote from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it” (p. 57). So, my dear readers, I had to share their light of Truth and Love with you! Those campers lit up with love and compassion and the friendly duck quacked away, as they all chased each other around the lawn. Other joyous sounds could be heard all around with the campers playing soccer and camp games – expressing their spiritual qualities as well.
Speaking of activities, some of the counselors put on an activity fair (where they give short presentations about each class) so that the campers could sign up for classes they will be doing throughout the session. Some were funny skits, others were jokes explaining what you would be able to do in the class. A few choices available this session are boating, archery, arts and crafts, sports, running, dance, climbing, swimming, and many more. When campers were signing up for classes they’d be in today, the room was filled with joy and excitement – each class contained unlimited possibilities and the promise of growth for each camper.
As the evening grew nearer, the rain picked up so we decided to play some classic camp games indoors. One of these is a shaker game where two people are blindfolded. One has a shaker and the other has to find the person who is shaking. This teaches a really neat lesson on listening not only to God but to angels and everything around you. It also shows a wonderful demonstration of Trust and reliance – being blindfolded you are not sure where to take a step or if you should at all, so in the end you conquer fear and uncertainty.
During dinner the campers became more and more eager for the evening activity: Barn Dance! Yes, that is right a Barn Dance, held in the Dining Hall, playing games and having a wonderful time dancing, becoming more of a family every moment. As the campers and staff played games like musical chairs, limbo, mouse trap, they continued to express that sense of joy and love to each other. I’m sure we will see this consistent theme of unselfed love expressed throughout the session and certainly tomorrow will bring another big adventure for the campers of CLC!
Arts and Crafts Director
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