At camp, we want to encourage you to make the most of your summer.
We're not just talking about coming to camp. Sports, festivals, parks, fields, mountains, lakes; whatever your plans may be this coming summer, just get out there!
Alberta campsites opened up reservations just a few weeks ago. Over the last number of years, camping in Alberta has exploded in popularity. There's just something about getting away and enjoying so many fun aspects of being out in creation. Whether you're RVing it, or camping out under the stars, camping has a way of resetting souls. It gives us time to reflect and develop an appreciation for the good things in life.
It has been a cold winter. Inside, the warmth of the TV and phone screens keeps our brains humming along. Day after day, week after week, we're stuck in this continuous cycle. I have a friend who often goes home from work with headaches. He says he can actually feel that the front portion of his head was warmer than the rest of it. His computer screen was doing a number on him! Yet, there is no escape. In many ways, this is the way the world works and it's almost impossible to avoid this constant bombardment of artificial light.
The warmth of the TV and phone screens keeps our brains humming along.
This is part of the reason why we have our staff put their phones away for the summer. Aside from the obvious distraction and headaches, screens are all too often a rude replacement for genuine interaction and relationship. Our community works best when everyone is present. When we can put aside the distractions for a time, we can see the value in our day to day interactions.
Emmanuel means "God with us" and this is what it's like to be present. That God himself would be present with us has such significance that we spend so much of our time singing and talking about it. We want to get even just a tiny bit more of an understanding of how amazing God's love is!
As we pursue lives following after God, one main aspect we can take with us is this idea of being present. Being in a quiet place, where distractions are replaced with awe inspiring wonder. Where video games are replaced with cabin group discussions about challenges and faith. These are the things that matter. This is what it's like to be present.
This summer we encourage you to make the most of your time. Get outside with friends and family. Find a space where you can be free of the noise, even if it's just for a little while.
At camp, we want to welcome you into an environment focused on being present with each other, and open to what God has to say in our lives. Whether you have a child or youth interested in camp, or whether you'd like to bring the family out for a long weekend of fun, our gates are open this summer for you to make the most of it!