Thursday, June 24, 2010

fun and the SUN!

The Program Staff arrived on Tuesday! I can hardly believe it - we've had 3 straight days of gorgeous blue sunny skies and heat! As I got up this morning for an early AM walk - I was greeted with the misty fog that us Carnationites enjoy so much...and signals the promise of a warm day!

"So...just what do you DO during Program Staff training?" a first year Program staff member asked early in the week.

Well...last night we enjoyed dinner at Claimjumpers Restaraunt. Later on in the evening, we played games until way too late...

Is it all just fun and games?


Each week, each day, each minute of camp is planned with fun and games in mind! Is it all just so that kids and staff can have a good time?

Definitely not!

Each event is prayerfully considered and evaluated to make sure that it matches with our goal of helping campers to understand who Jesus is and how He impacts their life personally.

For some campers it is the realization for the FIRST time that there is a God who loves them, died for their sins and wants to save them from eternity without Him! For other campers, it is the acknowledgement that they have strayed from God's Word in their daily life and a recommitment to come back to what they know is true and right. And for still other campers it is a refreshment and encouragement to continue on in the straight and narrow path of following Christ as they encourage their fellow cabinmates and their counselors and any other staff members that they encounter.

This is what we do at Program Staff Training.

Kimberly Mallory
Program Director

Monday, June 21, 2010

Another Summer Dawns...

Welcome back to the Victory Circle! It's been a little damp around here BUT...


Here in the NW we haven't "really" experienced what we'd like to CALL summer...BUT - the Program Staff will arrive tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM and around here - we call that summer time!

We are super excited about what God is going to be doing this summer through our staff, speakers and campers!

Summer camp brings to mind things like mosquitoes (I think we'll have plenty this summer!), sticky candy, late nights of giggles and games, smoky campfires, Monday morning jitters, Saturday morning tears, and wild & exciting activities all day long! Remember YOUR days of summer camp? Don't you just wish you could sometimes go back and be a camper?

Some staff will arrive tomorrow - Tuesday and the rest of the staff will arrive on Saturday. They will go through a week of training, then serve our campers during Family camp and then experience their own campers July 12th.

Will you be joining us on this journey? Pray for us as you remember...

Until the next time we meet at the Victory Circle...

Kimberly Mallory
Camp Gilead Program Director