Posts Tagged ‘summer camp’

Buddy Check!

July 7, 2009

There was a tragedy in our area recently.  A little girl drowned while on a school outing to a local swimming pool.  There were more than enough lifeguards.  There was a system that was in place and being utilized, yet this little girl still died.  One of the lifeguards at the deep end of the pool went into the water to retrieve what he thought was a t-shirt, and brought up, not a shirt, but a little girl.  How did it happen?  Why was she in the deep end?  Why did no one see her struggle? 

We will never know.  What we do know is that everyone involved feels terribly about what happened to this little girl.

When I was young my family would send me off to camp every summer for a week or two.  Those camps were all located on lakes and there was always swim time.   Swimming in a lake is different than a pool because the water is not so clear.  Once you are under water, you can’t be seen easily, if at all.  The camps that I went to all used the “buddy system”.  In the buddy system, everyone has a partner.  You are supposed to stay with your partner at all times.  Periodically, there is a “buddy check” where you grab the hand of your buddy and raise it in the air.  It is an effective system of watching out for each other.  If the little girl who drowned, had a buddy, this tragedy might not have happened.

This idea can be carried into the Christian life, and specifically, church life.  If all people in a church had at least one “buddy” who was watching out for them, perhaps fewer people would be lost to discouragement and doubt. 

We are not meant to be alone.  We are a part of a community of faith, the family of God.  We need to look out for each other.

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Church Camp Counselor

June 30, 2009

Over the years I have had the opportunity many times to go with the young people of my church to the district campgrounds for a week of camp.  I serve as a counselor to a cabin filled with boys from my church, and also from other churches.   For the last couple of years, I have been in “retirement” as my sons were old enough, and willing, and able, to serve in my place.  This year, their schedules did not allow them to be counselors, so I was called out of retirement to serve once again at summer camp.

It’s actually a lot of fun.  I have a tendency to forget my age and have a good time with the young people.  This years camp was extremely large in the number of campers; and some changes were made in speakers,  schedule,  equipment, and meals. 

It was a good camp.