Camp is interlaced with trails. There's a shortcut to everywhere. If you've been to camp, you will know about the perimeter trail and the trail to the A-Frames. Or you might be that camper that prefers to take the long way to campfire, which, of course, is going around the back of the campfire site, up the hill, and down the trail.
The words "trail" and "path" have almost become synonymous. Yet, if you were told that you were in the path or the trail of a charging Elephant, which would you prefer?
A trail is following. It guides and shows us the way to go.
A trail is a way of getting somewhere. More specifically, it is a way a lot of people have gotten somewhere. A trail only becomes a trail by first having someone brave and smart enough to blaze it. Then others follow.
Others still might see the benefit of shifting the trail to the right or left, thus changing it, if even only so very slightly. Years later, after a lot of experience and walking, the trail might be perfected to the point of being the most efficient and effective way to get from A to B.
Which brings us back to the trails behind our main campfire pit. Did you know that those trails used to lead to cabins? The cabins are long gone, yet the trails remain. There is no need for them, so why are they still there?
In Proverbs 3:1-6 we read:
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
At camp, we see these trails and know that they were made by so many other campers and cabin leaders that have gone before. God walks with us, and as we trust in him we see in our lives the trail He sets before us.
Many of us were blessed with parents, family, mentors, pastors, teachers, or friends that have helped lead the way in our Faith. For others, the trail might not look so clear. The path might not yet be so straight.
Our passion at Nakamun is summer camp. It is such a unique place to learn, to walk in the footsteps of those that have gone before. To learn from cabin leaders that might know what it's like to be a kid these days. To hear from guest speakers at campfire and chapel times on what it means for the creator of the universe to care about us so much. These are the trails we can follow here at camp, year after year, summer after summer.
Even old cabin trails, long after the cabins are gone, have a new use in giving campers a fun way to venture around "the scenic route" to evening campfires!
We want to welcome you on the trail! It will help you reconnect with nature, and all the the twists and turns that come with new and exciting experiences. Camp is a place where you can explore, and have an adventure with friends. It's a place where you can learn from others who might know a thing or two about what you've been through, and help you see that there is a God that is there for you, too.