Scioto Hills Camp – Revolution WeekJuly 12th, 2010
My first experience at Scioto Hills was in seventh grade; I went as a camper with my church youth group and haven’t been back since. Having the opportunity to revisit as a “band member”/ counselor/ camper was fantabulous! [Fantabulous (adjective): of highest quality]
The people are amazing! It was so encouraging to get to spend time with the counselors, staff, and the director. It was inspiring to see the counselor’s positive impact on the campers and their genuine want for the spiritual growth of the campers. In addition, the staff and counselors exuded a joy for life that drew people in and can only be explained by the hope and satisfaction they find in their creator.
A recurring theme throughout the week that the speaker addressed and something that really challenged me was the fact that the Christian life is not a one time decision or a one week emotional thrill. The life of a believer is long and arduous; it’s a journey whose final destination is never reached this side of Heaven. There was a big emphasis placed on living for Christ in everyday life. The decision to follow Him is only the beginning; choosing to grow and actually live a life following Him is difficult. It is so easy to forget that I need Him every second of the day whether good or bad. So much of my life is characterized by searching for God only in the rough times.
Another thing that really impacted me was the worship. The environment was so freeing, and the entire camp sang their hearts out every night regardless of whether or not they knew the song. Leading, worshiping, or watching I was blown away by how passionate and genuine everyone was. Whether singing and dancing to crazy camp songs or pouring their thoughts and their hearts into songs that spoke to human struggles and Christian hope, I came away feeling as if I had truly worshiped and it boggled me to think that Heaven will be so much better!
Scioto Hills is an amazing camp, but not because of the activities (which were awesome) or the schedule and sleeping arrangements, but because of the attitude and the love of the people that work there. Never have if been so blessed to be a part of such a fantabulous experience! Thank you Scioto Hills!
An encouragement from Aaron (director of guest ministries) to both counselors and staff and to Heartsong that I now pass on to you:
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord lift His countenance upon you,
And give you peace, and give you peace;
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious, and be gracious;
The Lord be gracious, gracious unto you. Amen
Jaklyn and HeartSong Orange