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Holiday Conversations

December 16th, 2013
Seasons Greetings friends!

That time of year is upon us where we will be gathering with loved ones who we may or may not see on a regular basis. There will be time for conversations about the past year as food is passed around the table.

This is a great time of year for those young adults in your life to start thinking about their summer plans. Job fairs will start happening at their colleges in February. They will want to get a jump on things so they do not have to beg and plead at the last minute to get their application considered in April and May.

One of the topics that rarely makes the talking point list is Summer Camp. It either becomes a last resort when all of the internships have been filled up or it doesn’t even make it on the radar until close to the end of the semester. Why not have one of your phrases at your family gathering over the holidays be…”You should work for a camp this coming summer!”

It never hurts to bring the idea up and who knows, maybe they were thinking about working at a summer camp but thought you would never approve of the idea.

There are many different ideas out there about camp. Maybe it is that we just play games and have a good time, or we only specialize in making campers better at certain skills, or (my favorite one) we read from the bible and sit around talking about Jesus all day. Well here’s some news: we are much more than that and for those of us running accredited camps we hold high standards for our operations, programs, and staff. Just take a look at some of the sessions that are covered in our two weeks of staff training.

Risk Management
Leadership Styles
Group Dynamics
Conflict Management
Cultural Competency

I can’t speak for all camps but at Lutherdale the camp philosophy revolves around the campers taking ownership in their time at camp. By the time they leave camp every camper will have helped clean up the dining room after three meals, helped to plan and lead one worship for camp, and as a group planned out four days of afternoon activities. As a staff member you are facilitating the discussion and challenging the campers to compromise, encourage, and problem solve with each other as they work together as a group.

Take camp off the back burner because many business are seeing the benefits of hiring an employee who has camp staff experience on their resume. Here is another camp who knows about the product they put out (and I’m not talking about their camp program): 


Hello from the Waterfront!

August 1st, 2013
It’s been a beautiful summer with some wonderful weather but I must admit, I’m a bit confused. You see, the highest temperature here last weekend was around 65….at the end of July!? I kept looking around and thinking, “When did we go back to spring?!” Being on the waterfront, I have gotten used to some warm days and have really enjoyed jumping in the water on particularly stifling days. So you can imagine my surprise when this time of year is usually reserved for lots of ice cream being consumed at the Canteen, water games, and thanking the Lord for air conditioning. The change in weather, however, has been much appreciated! Even if guarding for the campers yesterday was one of the coldest days it’s ever been!
Still, there is a lot to be thankful for! When it’s colder, the bugs stay away a little longer, the nights are pleasantly cool, and we get to appreciate how much the sun does for us! I love seeing the campers having a blast at the waterfront in rain and shine. It’s great to enjoy the things that we have at camp and the ways that God provides for us. I know it’s supposed to get warmer within the next few days and the sun will present itself before long so I’ll enjoy this day while it lasts. This is your Waterfront Coordinator, signing off!

Peace and Blessings
Hannah S.

Check In with Worship Coordinator

July 31st, 2013
Dear Diary (or in this case, back of a worship planning sheet),

What an amazing summer… being worship coordinator is a lot of work, but I love every moment of it. Every day is a new adventure in creativity. This week skits have ranged from God using other people to help us fish (spoiler alert: fish calls, which sound a lot like whale calls, end up being vital to the process), using unconditional love towards one another to combat sin (in the form of multiple hugs, of course), seeing how the bible can speak to us in different ways at different times (like when we’re about to be kicked out of a band), or just finding God’s voice in the chirping of the birds. I’ve done so many worships this summer, but no skit has been the same. Praise the Lord for our differences! 

Today, specifically, I was asked to be a cabin leader. Flash from the past! I spent most of my afternoon belaying at the ropes course. It’s amazing what growth can happen in just a few hours. God works wonders at this camp! Most of my job involves running around behind the scenes to make sure that worships go smoothly and that all the details are taken care of so we can focus on God, but any chance I have to connect with the campers is a blessing. Every day I am surprised by the creativity and joy that I see in worship planning, whether it’s a great idea or someone stepping up to do something that might make them nervous.

As this week moves past the halfway point, I am anxious to see what else is in store for me as a temporary cabin leader. I can’t wait to get to know my guys better and try to show them how God has worked in my life. Worship coordinating on the side will be interesting, but that is what makes camp, “camp”. Every day is a new adventure and, despite having a similar schedule every day, you never really know what is going to happen next. But for now, I’m pretty hungry and it’s almost time for dinner.

Goodbye, my journal, it’s time to go eat food…(bum bum bum) I hope I’ll be writing in you again real soon…(bum bum bum) I’ll fold you up and put you in my pocket until we meet again, so goodbye goodbye… goodbye.

(In case you didn’t catch it, that was supposed to be to the tune of the goodnight song)

Evan – Worship Coordinator

There’s something in the garden

July 30th, 2013

Have you driven into camp recently? Have you noticed our Garden?? We are so proud of our new garden.

It’s so lively and adds so much to camp!

All of the broccoli that we’ve had in our soups and on our salad bar the last month has been all freshly grown and picked from our garden. We’ve been supplying our own home grown lettuce for the salad bar too but we go through it faster than our garden and gardener can keep up with. We still have to purchase salad to keep up with all of the hungry mouths!

We’ve got onions and tomatoes and grapes and so much more growing in our garden! Drive by slowly next time you come in and take a peek at the garden which will be on your right!

Can you name this garden plant?

Evaluation Form Friday

July 26th, 2013
We ask the campers about their time at camp and just cannot keep some of their answers to ourselves.

How did you grow in your faith life?
I began believing in my self more.

Anything else you’d like us to know about camp?
Why doesn’t the cook have his own restaurant?

Anything else you’d like us to know about camp?
There was a little too much singing.

How were you welcomed this week?
With smiles and a lot of excitement.

How were you welcomed this week?
Elle was like an older sister! (A good one!)

How did you grow in your faith life?
Probaly 30% more.

How was the camp community this week?
It was very nice. People were very respectful, and everyone had a lot of fun.

How were you welcomed this week?
With a hand shake.

We had a GREAT week too!

Evaluation Form Friday