Back to Basics

This time of year, with the start of school, we often hear that it is time to “get basic to basics.”  In school, that may mean reading, writing, and arithmetic.  For those of us who work in outdoor ministries, that may mean that we turn our attention to the fundamentals of mission, vision, and what makes our camp unique.

In the past few weeks, I’ve begun working on the Summer 2014 schedule.  As I turn my attention to the future, I also try to look at the basics– what is at the core of Mount Luther that we need to keep at the forefront of all that we do.  I was reminded of a time when I did just that a few years ago.  Here is that story, written in 1999.  –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director

I had the opportunity in the summer of 1999 to return to Mount Luther as a camp counselor.  It had been eight years since I was a counselor and five years since I worked on summer staff.  I was a little apprehensive about going back to camp. I was excited to be going to my old summer home but I wondered if I could survive the rigors of a jam-packed schedule, going non-stop for six days.

But I survived.   And I had a great time in the process.  My cabin of five boys was terrific.  I had a wonderful co-counselor and I really enjoyed doing all the activities that I enjoyed as a camper and staffer.  I forgot how much I loved and missed camp life.  The week reminded me of what Mount Luther is all about.  Being on the camp board for four years, I think I got so caught up in the business of the camp that I forgot why this camp is unique.  I forgot about the things that set it apart from the sports camps, the gymnastics camps, and the scout camps.  We are a camp glorifying God and teaching youngsters about what it means to be a Christian.  And boy do we have a lot of fun in the process.

Sometimes we need to go back to basics and remind ourselves why we got involved in something in the first place.  It took me a week as a counselor to refresh my soul and give me new energy and to the Lord’s work in Outdoor Ministry.

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