Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Camp Better Than Vacation

Last night, my daughter and I attended a big picnic at Grace Community Church that was hosted by the Grace Adventures Day Camp Staff.  It was a great time, despite some fairly intense thunderstorms that moved most of the festivities indoors.  The weather did not dampen the spirits or fun that all of the participants enjoyed, and I want to once again thank the wonderful Camp staff for the great job they do, not only with the picnic and cookout, but with the entire camp experience.  They are making such a positive impact on the kids they care for, and they exemplify the love of Jesus in what they do.

My daughter has attended Grace Adventures Day Camp for the past three years, and she is really looking forward to this year.  It is really amazing the difference the camp has made in my daughter's life.  She is just a bit of an introvert, which she gets from me (her mother was a big-time extrovert!), and she is reluctant to try new things.  So getting her to try summer camp was difficult.  But it was necessary, as well.  As a single dad, I need to find activities for her to do while I'm at work, since I can't take the entire summer off, and there's only so many weeks she can spend with her grandparents.  So the camp was an answered prayer.

It didn't take very long at all for her to become acclimated to the camp environment, and that has everything to do with the counselors.  These young men and women are filled with the spirit of the Lord and the way they interact with the kids shows it.  Personally, though, it does this Dad's heart good to see my daughter come away each day so happy, and she looks forward so much to each day that she goes back.  In fact, she was very disappointed when I told her she would miss one week of camp while we went on vacation.  It's awesome to see that.

So my hat is off to these wonderful people who run the camp, and for the great things they are doing in God's name.  I'm looking forward to another great summer of fun for my daughter.

Have a great night, everyone!


  1. I share your sentiment, Bro. Grace Adventure Day Camp is what brought us to Grace. We had tried a few different summer camp options prior to 2 summers ago. None were as well organized as GADC. What's a blessing about Grace seems to be along the lyrics of the Steven Curtis Chapman song "Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you" which comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

    This is G's 3rd camp. The first day of her first time there, I recall her getting into the car and thanking Kim and I for paying for camp. At the time, I'm sure Kim and I mentioned cutting back on a few things to pay for it but it wasn't something we talked about at great deal nor around G. Yet, in her maturity, she realized that we made a financial sacrifice and she wanted us to not only know how much fun she had had, how much she enjoyed learning about Jesus, but also to thank us for paying for it! I was rather floored and there was no question that we needed to be involved with the ministries of Grace.