Five weeks of camp down, and I can’t put into words how much Glen Lake has already made its mark on my life. Between countless dance parties, ridiculous costumes, pool parties, the best worship, and everything in between; I have learned so much about life, faith, and community.
So here’s a list of just a few of the things I’ve learned so far from being a Lead Staffer at Glen Lake Camp:
- Hydrate, feel great!
If someone isn’t telling this to you at least five times a day, you probably aren’t at Glen Lake. I have never filled up so many water coolers or been through so many bottles of water.
- Life is meant to be lived in community
I’m not sure if it’s possible to do this whole “camp” thing without people running the race beside you. Glen Lake has provided me with some of the greatest supporters, friends, roommates, coworkers, brothers and sisters in Christ. These people give the best hugs on the hard days and dance it out with me on the others. I think that’s how life outside of camp is meant to be lived too – with people who hold you accountable, build your character, and push you further into the arms of Christ. I will be forever grateful for the community that Glen Lake has provided me.
- Childlike faith is the best
I always come to camp thinking about the impact I will have on the campers I’m serving, but I’m always blown away more by the ways the campers end up impacting me. Sometimes I make my relationship with God too complicated, but all it takes is a little nine year old camper saying, “God is my Dad, and I always trust my Dad,” to remind me that no matter the age, we get to come to God as His little children with open arms and simple trust that He is always giving us His best. God doesn’t withhold good from His children, and I have an elementary kid to thank for reminding me of that.
- The Lord sustains
I don’t think there are very many places on earth as joyful and fun as Glen Lake Camp, but it can also be super exhausting. There have been so many days this summer that have started at 6 a.m. and ended at 1 a.m. but I wouldn’t have it any other way. At 1 in the morning, in my weariness and brokenness, I get to lean on a God who never gets tired or weary, and ask Him to fill me with enough grace for the next day- and He has, every time. The Lord really does sustain; He never leaves us empty.
- Cocoa Puffs never get old
There have been very few days this summer where the other leads and I haven’t stuffed a bowl full of Cocoa Puffs into our mouths for breakfast. Yet I can honestly say, after five weeks, that they still taste just as good. Is chocolate and sugar a well-balanced breakfast? Probably not, but it’s summer camp so it’s ok right?
Through the big, small, funny, and serious things God has taught me so far this summer, there are two things I’m absolutely sure of: God is FAITHFUL and He is MOVING. And I am so excited for four more weeks worth of lessons that continue to prove that to me.