Two weeks ago, our HeartSong Generation team set our flip-flopped feet on the beautiful acres of Scioto Hills Christian Camp, in southern Ohio. We were fresh off of training week, ready to work hard, and play even harder. And now it’s hard to believe, but our time in Alpha (Junior High) Camp at Scioto Hills is already coming to a close! I don’t think we could have asked for a better experience. It’s been more than 300 hours of water-splashing, rock-climbing, teepee-dwelling, thunder-storming, blob-jumping, carpet-balling, zip-lining, brow-sweating, Bible-reading, music-thumping, friendship-forming, God-loving fun!
We’ve seen God work in amazing ways. Outdoor chapels have long been a tradition of the junior high camp – and that tradition continued this week as God graciously held off the rain while we lead worship for evening chapels. (I think we had to be inside just one night). Tree-covered hills, rising fog, and a nearly full moon provided a spectacular backdrop to our nightly worship.
When we weren’t preparing for chapel, our days were spent with the campers, experiencing the joys and challenges of a week of camp right alongside them. Stuffy cabins, surprisingly good camp food, and team initiatives really helped us connect with the campers. (My arms seriously hurt from dunking so many junior high boys in the lake – somehow I earned the title of “Jon the Beast.” My team doesn’t know it yet, but I’m planning to keep it for the rest of the summer). By the way, if you happen to be by a campfire, and are looking for something to cook, you might (and by “might” I mean “will”) love bear claws! Stick a canned biscuit on a roasting stick, coat it with spray-on butter, and roll it in cinnamon and sugar. You’ll probably want more than one!
Spending time with the campers also gave us the chance to see them make some really important decisions. It’s amazing to see the progression during the week, as God’s Word sinks in, and the Holy Spirit starts to change people (our team included)! It was a privilege for me to talk and pray with a camper who wanted a closer relationship with Jesus. Music in the evening was just another chance to have fun together, and reinforce what we were learning during the week.
All in all, it’s been an incredible two weeks. Not gonna lie: our team is definitely tired. But it’s a tiredness that we wouldn’t trade for anything, ’cause we know that when we’re at our weakest point, God is stronger still. Tomorrow, we’ll pack up, say goodbye, and head to our next camp. I hope they have bear claws!