Packed and ready, though a little disorganized.
By David Churchman
The mission at St. George's is to build the campers and counselors into a cohesive Christian body, as described in Corinthians I. Overnight camping is one of the key tools St. G's uses to strengthen this body. This week, Session IV cabins went on overnights all over the Shrine Mont property in preparation and training for the culminating three-day trips at the end of the session, which begin tomorrow. Campers are responsible for putting together their packs and hiking with everything they will need for their trip, including sleeping bags, tarps, water, and any food they plan to eat.
Preparing fajitas for dinner.
Cabins five and nine took their packs and made the ambitious hike up North Mountain. When they got there, they set up their tarps, admired the spectatuclar view, and made fajitas. They practice leave no trace principles, being careful not to waste any food, or leave any food out that might attract animals at night. Campers volunteer to lick the spatula clean and eat off any extra grilled veggies that might be stuck to the pan before all cooking supplies are thrown in a bear bag, a bag used to prevent animals from snacking on the campers' food at night.
After some struggle with damp wood, the campfire was lit, creating a central gathering place for spirited discussion. Boys and girls discussed the differences between the sexes at length, one popular discussion question being, "What questions should boys never ask girls?" As the sun set over the mountain, the counselors settled everything down for Compline, a contemplative nighttime service made more holy by the camp fire and a canopy of stars.
The boys get under their tarp and the girls under theirs and try - or don't try - to get to sleep. The next morning cabins five and nine will pack up and hike back to camp, the love that binds them together as the Body of Christ made stronger and more visible by this shared accomplishment.
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