Last week completed our first week of our summer camp season. It was a wonderful week, reuniting with all our Camp Daniel friends. We are in the midst of our second week, with three more weeks to follow.
This year’s theme is “B U”. We are using a college theme, playing off the usage of university letters, to help campers to be themselves, to “Be You.” Being yourself is a concept we all struggle with. Most of us, especially our campers, are given messages that they are not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, etc and need be like someone else. Therefore, people with disabilities tend to not like themselves and try to be what they see portrayed as “normal” and valuable. The message we want to bring is it’s okay to be you (B U)!
This year’s theme verse is Psalm 100:3. “Know that the Lord is God.He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people. We are the sheep belonging to his flock.” This verse expresses that it is God who made us. Therefore, since God made who we are, we need to be who we are, and nobody else.
Every year, we use a movie that helps bring the camp theme’s message across. This year, we are using the new Peanuts movie where Charlie Brown learns that people like him for just the way he is. So on every Monday night, we gather around the bon fire with popcorn and enjoy an outdoor movie. Then the rest of the week, the chapel speaker and the counselors will refer back to the movie to help teach about being who God created us to be.
Stay tuned for updates on how the summer is going. Please pray for all our staff, volunteers, and campers. Pray for energy and safety. Most of all, pray that we all learn to be ourselves, who God created us to be.