The Best Week of Your Life (in which I consider the miracle of summer camp)

Michindoh Day 0 (photo: CKirgiss)
Michindoh Day 0 (photo: CKirgiss)

The miracle that is summer camp defies description on so many levels, even before summer camp has begun.

In 24 hours, 300+ middle-schoolers will descend on a little plot of sacred space in the mitten known as Michigan. So in fact the miracle we await will be twofold as miraculous summer camp collides with miraculous middle-school and creates a breathtaking explosion of awesomeness.

The excitement and anticipation and energy and total stupendousness of what’s to come is almost too overwhelming.

But not quite – because there is work to do. The miracle that is summer camp, you see, does not happen on its own. Not even close.

So today – 36 hours before campers arrive and the collision begins, and 8 hours before the full staff arrives – a small group of people started to work. Hard. Even though the work doesn’t officially start yet. Because that’s how things happen at camp. People step in. People step up. People step out, marching to the sacramental beat of an incarnated Savior who fully embodied and faithfully modeled humble service and grace and joy and love.

Welcome to camp, Day 0. We look ahead. We anticipate We catch our breath in sweet expectation.

And we work. Because without work – sweet, sacred, blessed work – the miracle that is summer camp cannot happen.

Let us rejoice and be glad!

2 thoughts on “The Best Week of Your Life (in which I consider the miracle of summer camp)

  1. Martha June 6, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Love the way you have communicated this. So beautiful. Think unless you have
    been part of the preparation process you truly cannot understand it. You continue to believe camp just happens.
    We know differently! Thank you!

    • ckirgiss June 6, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      Martha – thanks. Watching precamp prep is such a gift. Behind-the-scenes service is a vivid picture of active humility. Amazing.

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