January and February at camp are BUSY. A significant portion of our annual guest total passes through the facility during these two months. Our winter program areas (ski hill, tubing hill, xc ski trails etc) are usually hopping, and we all get pulled into the busyness.
Our students feel the load a bit more as we all do, but I have been very impressed with their attitudes for the most part. I am trying to bounce around, working alongside the students as they take on the challenge of serving the crowds.
It is very important that none of us lose sight of WHY our groups come here. For many, a weekend at camp is the highlight of their ministry programs throughout the year. Often, this is where teaching takes root and decisions are made. It is not out of the ordinary to hear about a dozen or more salvation decisions in a weekend. Even the acts of washing the dishes or interacting with kids on the tube hill contribute to the overall effect of the ministry.
In between groups, we are mixing it up, with classes geared toward worldview, listening skills, and more personality profiling.
I always have my eye out for projects that could be educational. When Larry Hoffert mentioned that he had a significant problem matching his (old) boat trailer to his (old) boat, I grabbed the opportunity to make it a class. Tim P helped, and along the way students got to taste a bit of welding, grinding, wiring, etc.
Once again, the girls chose to pursue their own interests. I apologize that I don't have pictures of the "crochet class." No, I'm not kidding. Actually a couple of the guys were bummed that they missed that one.
Continue to pray for diligence and perseverance for these students as they complete the second half of the "tough part" of the year. They are doing great.