Fast forward into my post college call and I found myself just up the road from another camp, Bethelwoods. We were invited as Educators to help lead BLAST for campers as our schedule would allow. I signed up immediately! Somewhere between youth conferences, mission trips and VBS I got to be part of the Bethelwoods family. As the years progressed I was invited to be part of the Bethelwoods Board on the Nurture Unit with Charleston Atlantic Presbytery and later brought groups from CAP to Bethelwoods for retreats. These were treasured invitations for me. I thought my heart was full. Little did I know my cup would run over even more when my children became campers and we could invite our friends to join us at camp each summer.
So now I hold the greatest invitation, parent. I love being Camp Chaplain, but seeing my own children grow through camp brings me so much joy. Seeing them make friends, learn leadership skills, and independence all while sharing these moments with friends is beautiful. When they talk about camp they talk about their Bible Study and the songs sung at Camp Fire and while they hike. They laugh until they cry about Counselor Hunt and "sneaking" a treat from the kitchen. They remember each counselor and every canoe ride. They can tell you how camp smells and sounds. Their faith formation is connected to the ministry of Bethelwoods.
Not having camp this summer was difficult. We all grieved. We all prayed. We all went ahead and put 2021 on our calendars with hopes camp will be open and we can take a deep breath beside the lake soon. Until we get back, we will continue to give thanks for Bethelwoods. We will also give not only our time in prayer, but offerings to help during this interim time at camp. Join us friends! Join us in prayer and by making a gift. If we all give a little, God can do a whole lot for a place we love and hope to return.
With joy and hope,
Rev. Lissa Long