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RFKC 2013 – Thursday

This has been my third year at RFKC.

My intention preparing for camp had been to be present with my campers and love and see them for who they are, rather than being consumed with executing the camp “experience” perfectly and lose sight of them in the process. By Wednesday morning, all those hopes were dead on the table as I heard myself bark order after order at my campers in the face of their defiance, inertia and disregard.

I was desperate to get to the next activity intact as a group with all our belongings and it was proving impossible. Laws of physics suspended as necessary objects like water bottles and nametags that had been within reach disappeared in seconds, and nothing I said at any volume even registered on the faces of my girls. By my first break at 1pm, I collapsed in unprecedented exhaustion and frustrated, disappointed tears. I could not believe how I had become more concerned with a mental checklist of tracking belongings and moving efficiently through the schedule than the hearts and lives of my campers.

But after much prayer and conversation and fragmented moments of reflection, I have a new appreciation for the value of doing camp the way that I have done it this year. I did not want to come and merely babysit kids and herd them through a schedule of events. I did not want to “just” be here. I wanted to bring all my heart and compassion to give these kids something that some of them do not get enough of at home.

I have poured out the absolute most that I have been able to do, wrestling with how to actually rely on God’s strength all the while. Now I think “just being here” is still worth doing. I think it shows love that for one week, an adult constantly hovered over them (technically TWO at all times) and made sure that they always had a water bottle. We shared a ton of giggles along the difficult journey, and I feel like I can reasonably hope that the way they remember this week is that they (mostly) had fun and someone was always there always giving structure and most of the time smiles as well.

 

Blog post by Lauren Owen

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