Another summer of camp has come to an end. Programs have concluded and campers have all gone home. Even our summer staff have said "good-bye for now." All three camps are still and quiet, yet the energy from a Spirit-filled summer still buzzes.
I wanted to tell you about something special Crossways has been a part of this year, called The Effective Camp Research Project. Under the umbrella of Vibrant Faith Ministries, The Effective Camp Research Project is seeking to understand the how the week-long Christian summer camp experience affects young people and their faith development.
I mean, we know camp has an impact. We KNOW this, like feel-it-in-our-gut know this. The neat thing about this project is that they are taking what we know to be true from our own experience and gathering data - evidence! - to teach us even more. Research began in the summer of 2015 and led researchers to the following observation/jumping-off point...
Hello campers, Gloria here.
My son and I recently experienced our first week of family camp at Imago Dei Village. We would have brought my husband with us, but vacation time from work for him just wasn't in the cards. So it was just the two of us. On our own. For one week. Away from home.
Did I mention my son is 19 months old? And that I was on my own with him for the whole week? Away from home? And that he is 19 months old? (19 months old!)
I emphasize all of those points because going into our week of family camp I wasn't sure what to expect. I was really nervous. The whole idea of taking my toddler on a vacation on my own was daunting. My husband and I traveled with our son to Lake Tahoe (California) to visit family back in May - even with a 5:1 adult:toddler ratio the whole experience was exhausting. We returned home feeling that maybe we'd be enjoying "staycations" for the time being.
But family camp was on the calendar. We had registered. We were going. And so... with a full car, jogging stroller, booster seat, life jackets, books, bottles, and more, we headed off to camp.
Welcome! This is the brand new Crossways Camping Ministries blog. I’m Gloria Allhiser, our Program and Outreach Director, and I will be doing much of the blogging around here with some help and contributions from other people along the way.
Why a blog? Well, I guess it would be too easy to just say, “Every camp is doing it,” though many camps are. A blog is a great way to highlight the different things about camp: programs, people, community partnerships, connections, stories, and more. We’ll be doing our best to post weekly, though we may miss a week here and there for holidays or during extra busy seasons.
Here are some post topics you can look forward to:
Again, just a few of the posts you can expect from us as we venture into the wide world of blogging. We are so excited to be able to share more about the ministries, partnerships, and relationships we share with northeast Wisconsin (and beyond).