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Dear Campers and Families,
The theme verse for Summer 2021 is Psalm 34:4, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (NIV) This coming summer we will seek the Lord and learn more about what it means to be delivered from “all my fears.” Scripture does not state or imply that walking with the Lord means that we will not endure hardship or struggles, but we can grow together in learning what it means to be delivered from fears when we walk with the Lord.
Interestingly, Psalm Chapter 34 begins with “I will extol the Lord at all times”, which means to praise enthusiastically. At Camp Cherith we have a great time enthusiastically praising the Lord. This past summer, in all honesty, was a tremendous struggle at camp as we responded to COVID-19, and truthfully across most sectors of society, however during times of struggle we grow, and sometimes we grow the most if we are open to the Lord. We were challenged to do camp differently. We have enjoyed tremendous times of praise in the Dining Hall over the years, however, this past year we still had tremendous times praising the Lord, but spread out on the hill overlooking Schram Lake. We did have to wonder why we never moved worship outside overlooking God’s Creation on the hill instead of remaining in the Dining Hall which at times can get very warm.
While longing for the days when we no longer have to consider COVID-19, there will be ways that camp will be forever changed. One camper, with an out-of-the-blue conversation stated that he liked the Dining Hall so much better this year as we adjusted to COVID-19. I asked him why, and he shared that there was more space and it was not as noisy. I noticed that we enjoyed longer periods of time fellowshipping over meals, with a much more relaxed atmosphere. While having over 80 campers, having a few tables outside to adjust for COVID-19 created a positive atmosphere, and perhaps will allow us to expand and comfortably accommodate additional campers.
One meal during BW2 as we responded to COVID, there was some miscommunication about meal time. Instead of having cabins line-up by the Dining Hall doors, each cabin had a space to gather on the grass. As the cooks were frantic, I looked outside and noticed the Explorers lying down, other campers sitting, and just talking and very relaxed. I assured the cooks that there was nothing to worry about, and the miscommunication could have been my fault. However, as we are so time-bound in our culture, perhaps we sometimes miss out on just simply enjoying fellowship, and allowing God to simply be at work at camp. There are reasons why there is a schedule, but once again, we can learn from this experience.
This coming summer we will diving into what it means to live fearless as one way of growing in Christ in Every Phase of Life.
We encourage you to do the following:
- Pray for the boys who were at camp this past year, and for those who will be coming this year.
- Pray for our BUILT’s that they would be strengthened in their walk with the Lord, and that they would be prepared to serve as counselors this coming summer. Lift Samuel Roden up in pray as he is working with the BUILT’s throughout the year. Samuel was at camp as a staff kid, a camper, and now as a college-graduate staff member.
- Pray that the Lord would be preparing not only BUILT’s to come to camp, but also returning staff and those who will be joining us for the first time.
We would also like to challenge families in a couple of ways:
- Read the Bible together as a family.
- Take time to eat meals together without the television on, as it is of absolute importance that parents are sharing their faith with their children. We have, in many ways, lost this precious time as a society. This is also a great time to read a passage of scripture together. (Perhaps COVID-19 has caused families to have more time together around the table. Through the hardships, there are blessings.)
- Prioritize fellowship with other believers.
Scott ‘Taylo’ Taylor
Rob Scott—Director Boys’ Week 1
Scott Taylor—Director Boys’ Week 2