You guys, I love camp.
I’m really horrible at this. I’m pretty sure I’ve thought of updating this little blog about 500 times, but am finally doing it now.
It’s safe to say I love camp.
Coming to Youthfront Camp South has been probably the best thing I’ve ever done.
Considering my last post was 8 weeks ago, a lot has happened between then and now.
I’ve learned a whole lot, so much that I can’t even explain. (Plus writing isn’t my greatest skill, so bare with me)
So, I’ll just tell ya’ll 3 things. First, the logistics of camp and what a day looks like. Next, what the campers learn and stuff, then finally what I love/don’t love about Youthfront Camp South.
I really enjoy logistics.
I really do.
Here’s what a typical day looks like as a Cabin Leader. (*= I’ll explain in #2)
8:20: Bells go off to wake up campers
8:30: Make sure campers are actually awake
8:50: Encourage campers to leave the cabin to go to morning prayer!
9: Morning Prayer*
9:15ish: Breakfast with other cabin leaders
10: Morning Gathering (review last nights gathering/watch yesterday’s video)
10:15: Experiences/Cabin Time
12: Midday Prayer
12:15ish: Lunch (we eat the same thing every Monday, every Tuesday, every Wednesday…etc. Safe to say I really enjoy a good PB&J)
1: Free time! (Pool, ATV’s, Paintball, Snack Shack, Blob, Walk around, Nap Time….)
5: Spiritual Formation time with other cabin leaders*
7: Evening Gathering
8:15/30ish: Spiritual Formation*
9: Vespers/Evening Prayer
9:15: Community time (Free Time) Or Evening Activity depending on the day*
11: Go back to cabins/Complin*
11:30: Bed timeeee
The whole summer we are learning about Joseph (Genesis 37-45) and overall how he is blessed while he experiences barrenness and birth.
To most people we think of being blessed as when good things happen to us. Like when we get cool gifts or succeed in baseball or whatever. However, at camp we are exploring the fact that being blessed is ultimately God’s presence and that when we experience barrenness and birth, God’s presence is still there. I would love to talk more about this idea with anyone, but for the sake of length, I’ll leave it at that!
Morning, Midday, Evening Prayer and Complin
What makes Youthfront different than any other camp I’ve been apart of is that they are built around the fixed hours of prayer, also known as Daily Office. Instead of building Youthfront around chapel, free time, cabin times, some band and what not we center all of the experiences on the practice of prayer. These four times consists of reading of scriptures, music, listening, silence, corporate and private prayer, times of confession and confessing the creeds.
During this time campers are offered different options to spend time with the Lord. They can stay alone, discuss topics in a group, worship together or whatever else is offered that night. Youthfront seriously takes amazing care of their staff, setting an hour a day for cabin leaders to do this together. Each day we do something a bit different, but overall during that time we focus on the “I am’s” of God throughout the word (like this week is John 10 when Jesus talks about how he is the “Good Shepherd”).
Tuesday night is Alien Invasion and I dress up as Zenon the Girl of the 21st Century…well until my costume ripped in half two weeks ago.
Thursday night is Olympic Night. Both of these nights we play games and it’s fun and stuff. Ya.
3. I love it here but let’s be real, I can’t stand the food. It’s sick nasty. However, as my mom says, “I’m just thankful to have something on my plate.” So… ya.
I have two favorite things about Youthfront: the community here and the opportunity to love campers.
- The community here has changed my life. The relationships I’ve built over these short eight weeks have become some of the strongest relationships with people I’ve ever had. My friends here are all so similar to myself, and we all have the same passion: to love God, love people and love the world. I really am going to be so incredibly sad leaving in August. Living in community with other people is what I think Christians are called to do, and Youthfront does it so right. I could go on and on about this but I’ll just leave it at that.
- Being a cabin leader is really hard. It’s hard hearing stories about these camper’s lives and having to let them go back to their horrible realities. I’ve especially noticed how self-conscious so many girls are and it seriously breaks my heart. However, just getting to love them and make them feel special for a week makes me so joyful. I feel like I’m really doing what I’m supposed to do with mylife, love people. I am forced to humble myself and serve others and it feels great. I knowit’s not about how I feel, but this feeling is something greater…it’s the freaking Holy Spirit! I know it. The Spirit moves in me the most when I’m with these campers. Last week one even wrote me the cutest note about how I was like her big sister. I cried. Now, not all of them live in horrible realities but they all come with brokenness. We all have brokenness, and when we are vulnerable with each other about this brokenness our cabin connects. Each week it’s really powerful to see the campers become vulnerable with each other. I just love that. Love love love love it.
Week 1 girls at lunch!
This girl is too cool for words.
Look at this beautiful cake some staff girls made me on my birthday!
That’s camp plus a lot more.
We had the week off last week and I really missed it a whole lot.
Also. If you read my twitter/look at my facebook you can probably get a lot more details about my life.