As the bell rings to line up for dinner, you notice that it's kind of hard for everyone to fit on the four square court in their usual spot. The junior high kids nicely move out into the yard and soon the Program Coordinator is asking the counselors if all of their campers are there. As soon as they release the counselors to go inside, the fun starts! From smelliest shoe to craziest afternoon adventure, it's so fun to be with everyone and hear about their day at camp. As you all shout "Counselors to your tables, please!" and the counselors pretend to not hear you, you smile a bit, just because. Camp is a fun place, and it's even better when you're together.
As you make your way into the Dining Hall, it's the usual: controlled chaos. The Ropes and Trips Coordinators are in weird matching scuba outfits and you see someone else stashing some shaving cream in a mail tin. All of the kids are hyped up and hungry, and as soon as you finally make your way to your seat and sing grace, you start passing ALL of the taco toppings. Salsa, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, rice, corn, black beans-- you name it, it's there! As you bite into your taco, Unit 9 starts shouting their new self-proclaimed anthem, "Hey Potato!" (a variation on Hey Burrito!) and then the Unit 7 and 8 counselors loudly begin a rousing chorus of "Hey Burrito!" and ALL of the elementary campers shout the words at the top of their lungs. Things like this continue on and off throughout the meal (the staff table also joins in with the ABCs song to the beat of "We Will Rock You"...it's oddly genius) and soon it's time for everyone to sing Father Abraham. As you lean your head back, stick your tongue out, turn around, and sit down, you know that camp is better together.
After dinner, things get even more interesting. Skit Night starts in 20 minutes and it's obvious that some people aren't prepared. From last minute skit rehearsals to face painting to moving chairs down to the Elementary Chapel, the Dining Hall is filled with excitement and the rushing around of coordinators. As you make your way down the hill and line up at 7 PM sharp, you see a CIT hiding a teddy bear and a bowl of corn inside their book bag. What in the world? You can't wait to share your skit with all of camp-- it's pretty funny. Your unit practiced right before dinner and everyone knows their line!
As skit night unfolds, you laugh until you cry, you narrowly avoid some applesauce, and you see the joy of camp in the faces of the people around you. Everyone is there and everyone has a part. From the kind of homesick kid to the loud kid to the crazy staff members to the goofy Program Director, it warms your heart to sit on the hill with everyone at camp and see a bit of their week through Skit Night. As the Program and Resource Coordinators wrap up skit night with their messy skit, you can barely wait until next year to do it all again.
When the whole camp is together, you feel like nothing could be better. No one is busy getting from one place to another, running errands for another unit, or even worrying about what's going on somewhere else because everyone is right there. The staff laugh and tell you about their inside jokes and you get to show your unit spirit to the whole camp. It's fun to see the other campers too and to hear about what they've been up to that week. You see your counselors from years past and hanging out with the coordinators is pretty fun too. Being together reminds you that God is so present in each and everyone of the people at camp, and it gives you peace knowing that you're part of this giant, crazy family called Camp Alta Mons.
This week for your Camp @ Home challenge, we challenge you to do something fun together with your family! It can be a board game night, comedy act, skit production, or whatever else you dream up! Spend some time intentionally having fun and laughing with your family. Share your story with us by sending us a picture, video, or message about your time together! Share it with us by using #AltaMonsCampatHome and emailing it to email@example.com