I kind of stumbled upon being a camp counselor. As a teacher, I have my summers pretty free which I treasured. I usually traveled, took some time off, and prepared for the upcoming school year.
A few years ago, our pastor said we had a bunch of kids that wanted to go to summer camp, but couldn’t because each church had to send a counselor for every so many kids. Apparently, no one could take a week to go.
I didn’t even pray about it. I had the time, I am good with kids, and I know the Lord sometimes just drops these opportunities in our laps to embrace.
That began what has become part of my summer schedule. Each year, I take a group of kids to camp and watch as the Lord impacts their lives. And we have a blast while that change happens!
Some of these kids have been coming to camp with me for years. I’ve gotten to know them so well. I get to see some of them in the hallways at school. And I see almost all of them each week at church. I love when they run up to me telling me what new Scripture they’ve learned or about something that’s going on in their life.
I love the opportunity to spend not only an entire week with these kids, but then continue to impact their lives throughout the year. I simply can’t imagine a better way to spend a week of my summer. It is the highlight of my year.