2017 Summer Camp in Review

 

It is hard to believe that another summer camp season has come and gone! We had roughly 50 campers and 100 volunteers for each week, for 5 weeks. Volunteers included counselors, kitchen workers, support crew, Interns, Leads and Summer Staff.

The following are reflections from our Intern Directors; Annissa, Ruth, and Evan.

Annissa shares, “After reflecting on the summer, I am overwhelmed with feelings of satisfaction and happiness. Our 2017 Interns and Leads were the best of the best and killed it at running five weeks of summer camp. They were constantly serving in love and constantly seeking what God had for them. They were stretched in ways they didn’t think they would be and they grew into even better men and women than they already were. I watched them all become more of themselves throughout the summer as they grew to understand the ’No Limits’ theme. And somehow in seven weeks the 16 strangers that came in at the beginning of the summer left with another family and this, to me, was the biggest success of the summer.” Ruth expresses, “It was another wonderful summer at camp for me. It’s always a blast to watch the way the summer team changes and grows throughout the five weeks of camp and how that not only enhances the general operations of camp but also connects each teammate closer to each other. It was a horribly wonderful learning experience for Annissa, Evan, and I to be able to figure out how to bring a group that size together and to effectively and efficiently help run camp.

I think the most rewarding part of our leadership this summer was listening to the Interns and Leads reflect on their summers and hear every one of them talk about the friendships that became family over the 8 weeks of the program. Camp Daniel really is about creating and growing lasting and supportive relationships and when we can do that with our core team, we know we are on the right track for best serving the campers, counselors, and workers that come each week. We loved how the Internship program went this summer and we learned so much about how to make it even better in the years to come. Annissa, Evan, and I have already started our plans for next summer and we can’t wait to see where God takes us in this journey. There truly are No Limits to where He will take us!”

Evan adds, “There was a lot of anticipation for this summer in particular with all the exciting changes that were made to the Summer Internship Program. Many hours and late night brainstorming sessions went into the programming this year in preparation for what was our largest internship program.  Looking back on the summer, seeing how much each individual had grown and how everyone ended up as family, was a beautiful thing.

In addition to being an Intern Director, I had the opportunity to be assistant to Tony. The image that I had in my mind of what it meant to be a leader at the beginning of the summer was very different than the way that I view leadership after a summer of leading. I’ve learned a healthy fear and respect for what it means to be in a position of leadership. It carries a lot of responsibility and isn’t something that can be taken lightly. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be under Tony’s leadership to work with him and the rest of the Camp Daniel staff. I’m excited for what the next year will bring as we prepare for next year!”

Our theme was “No Limits” and we all learned not to limit God’s plans for our lives. We discussed how we can be ourselves and not strive to be like someone else, which limits how God uniquely made us to be.  We talked about how to think like God thinks and not like we think, which is often full of limitations and doubt. It was a message we all needed to hear!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Summer Camp Season a success! ……And FYI, we are already working on next year’s camp season!

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