You know how it is on that first night away from home (unless you are a seasoned traveler I guess). At the end of the day you fall into bed and…well it’s just not your bed. It’s different, so you toss and turn.
Same way at camp, especially. You bring your own linens and pillow, but it’s still different. You’re on strange ground. Day Two was like that.
Learning where to go and when to be there. Moving some 600 students around a fairly large inner city campus teeming with summer school students and rising freshmen (here for orientation) is…well let’s say…it takes planning and clear communication.
That’s what’s so good about summer camps like this one. They are led by capable young men and women who do it week after week all summer long. They are wonderfully gifted. We’re in good hands.
Of course, for those of us who are just on Day 2, it’s going to take us a little time to adjust to the morning wake up knock at the door, the showers, the food, and the new ministry groups we’ve been assigned to.
Today we went to our work sites for the first time. I wish our whole community could have heard the kids recount the day’s events. First time encounters are filled with anxiety, emotion, and new opportunity for growth. Laughter and tears signaled a new sense of place and purpose.
We are settling in. This is going to be great week!
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