October 19-20, 2012
2012 Summer Staff Graduation
Young people willing to give their summer: 25
Support letters mailed: 750
Staff manuel pages covered: 161
Preparation days completed: 20
A staff that knows it is all about God: Priceless
On the heels of the Memorial Day Work Weekend, 25 summer staff members gathered together to play getting to know you games—games they will teach their campers. Later they sat down to open their staff manuals and get to work.
In only 20 days, The Springs summer staff learned about camping philosophy, water safety, CPR and first aid, facilitating the challenge course, and identifying unique plant life. Of course, that was between learning how to shoot .22s, throw knives, play nine square, canoe, start a fire and sing silly songs.
On Saturday, June 16th, friends and family gathered with the staff to celebrate the completion of staff training. After dinner, guests were treated to a taste of our counselor skits, a video of training highlights, and our graduation ceremony where graduates received staff shirts.
All of this preparation is important to our summer camp ministry. However, the most important lesson learned is that at the end of the day it is all about our God. The Springs exists because God wills it to exist. Campers will come to Christ because the Spirit will draw them. Our staff gives all that they are to God, and then will do their best to trust Him for results.
Our first campers arrived June 18th! We are all watching and praying with anticipation.
Memorial Day Work Weekend a Success
At 7:00 AM on Saturday, May 26, 140 volunteers rubbed the sleep from their eyes and enjoyed a hearty breakfast as they heard about all the projects they could work on here at The Springs. Some were dispatched to large jobs that needed specific skills, others were given rakes and shovels, or cleaning clothes and vacuums to do menial, but needful, work.
On Sunday, volunteers enjoyed a day of rest and fun. Chapel included a great time of singing, an introduction to the newly arrived summer staff and a challenging message from Director Dan Kohns. Thunderstorms made for a lazy afternoon, but the sun came out in time to enjoy canoeing, climbing tower, zip-line and many other outdoor activities.
On Monday, work continued on projects in process. The morning was steamy hot, so the afternoon was perfect for a swim before volunteers headed home.
Here is just a little of what was accomplished. New sand was spread on the pond beach. A shed for archery and rifle equipment was built. Children picked up branches all over the grounds. A new deck and carport were added at the dining hall apartment. Trim was scraped and painted on several campside buildings. The decks on the retreat center were power washed and sealed. Windows all over camp were washed. The flower beds were weeded. All of the campside toilets were replaced. Forms were built for the cement pillars needed to set the double wide. Deep cleaning was done in much of the retreat center. Trees were cut and removed where needed. Areas were raked and seeded as needed. And so much more was done.
Just in case we start to think this work weekend was about what we could accomplish, God showed up in a way we have never seen before on a work weekend. A boy who came along with another family was lead to the Lord by one of our volunteers. What an amazing God we serve.