Slumber Falls Camp embodies the gospel and helps campers grow, develop lifelong friendships, and encourages campers to develop habits that bring life, joy, and love to the world. The memories forged while playing games, sharing in small groups, and laughing around a campfire are powerful memories that lasts a lifetime. Elie Wiesel says that, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future. Be a part of activities that are intentional, holistic, and lift up the joys of being human and a part of God’s creation. I hope to see you at camp this summer.
Memories shape who we are, inform our decisions, and provide a foundation for how we engage the world. The input that we consume, the relationships that we pursue, and the habits that we acquire shape our character according to Michael Hyatt. In a culture that is flooded with mass marketing, electronic entertainment and social networking, along with a myriad of options designed to cater to your specific interests and desires, a person could find themselves constantly busy and entertained, yet void inside.
In seminary, I read the book All Grown Up and No Place to Go: teenagers in Crisis by David Elkind. Elkind spoke of a “patchwork identity” that is formed in people under stress, without clear guidelines and understanding the “why” behind decisions, and a lack of relationships that encourage a holistic understanding of self. Without a coherent sense of identity or self, the individual tends to adopt a myriad of lessons and values that lack cohesion when put to the test. As a result, these individuals seem to function normally on day to day activities, but when challenged with crises of faith, morals, or ethical dilemmas, they struggle or fall apart.
I have thought a lot about this understanding of self. I observe a decline in mainline denominations and watch family and friends making decisions that on the surface seem on par with other families in our society, yet when I hear about their struggles with raising children, maintaining a joyful marriage, or discovering a passion for living and encountering each new day, I do not sense a foundation or understanding for how to accomplish this world view or way of living.
Following the way of Christ, offers answers to how to treat our neighbors, shape our culture, and practice extravagant love for the whole of creation. Those who are concerned for the wellbeing of the children and youth today, should become advocates for providing experience that shape the character of our children and youth, teach them life-giving habits to engage the world, and how to nurture and grow deep, spiritual relationships so that their sense of self is congruent and not patched together and they are confident and resilient to what life entails.
Blessings & Peace,
Rev. Jeremy Albers
Director of Outdoor Ministry