All The Moving Pieces

All The Moving Pieces

Doing a summer of camp involves many, many, many moving parts. There are the full time staff who act as a backbone to the structure of camp. There are the part time staff with vital tasks that act like an immune system, making sure there is not too much strain on any...
One Summer in Eternity

One Summer in Eternity

I love summer staffers. I just do. I love their energy, that youthful- stay-up-all-night-and-still-get-up-early, energy. I love their willingness to try new things, whether that is doing a job they have never done before, or new foods, or new games. I love their hard...
Why We Go Outside

Why We Go Outside

The ground is covered in green hair, the air is warm but breezy. The birds are singing more melodies than I can count, as the clouds float by. I can smell pine trees and the black soil, and hear bugs buzzing and turkeys gobbling. I am in the magical place called the...
Lessons From Lydia Patterson Institute

Lessons From Lydia Patterson Institute

“We made the mess. We should clean it up.” This is a quote from a student from Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas, who spilled some popcorn and asked to borrow my broom. The above statement is not revolutionary, it is a principle most people try...
When Growing Hurts

When Growing Hurts

Growing up a pastor’s kid, I sometimes think in sermon illustrations. My father often told stories during his sermons that tied in with the scripture that he was was preaching on. The other day as I was driving home from lunch at the dining hall, I had to stop...