Camp Makes You Whole: Part 5

A  series of posts, highlighting how camp enhances the lives of our campers.

When Lutheran Outdoor Ministry started ascending into the ranks as an important faith formation activity, some camps adopted the idea of a “Four-Fold Life.”  It was an idea that Christians should live a Christ-like life and was based on Luke 2: 52:  ”Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in divine and human favor.”  To emulate Christ’s life at camp, campers were (and still are today) enriched mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially.  This month, we will look at how campers social well-being is addressed at camp.

We often assume that living with others is a piece of cake, but it takes work.  We need to practice tolerance, generosity, forgiveness, and patience.  We need to learn to clean up after one another and accept one another for who they are.

At camp, social interactions are important.  We model how to treat one another when you meet someone new.  We expect good group living skills in our cabin groups, as campers interact.  We teach conflict resolution, when disagreements occur.  Most importantly, we teach that in the midst of challenges and disputes with one another, God is with us.  Our programs and living spaces are designed to be healthy Christian communities.  Our campers often leave this place, with new lifelong friends and memories of how to work and live together in healthy ways. 

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