I'm listening to Tracy Chapman's "Revolution" and I can't help but think of camp. That might seem like a strange connection at first blush, but hear me out.
You see, in the tradition of the love of Christ, we at Shrine Mont Camps guide campers to be a force for love in this world. Regardless of any political ideology, I'm guessing you'll agree this is quite the fantastic mission. But in a world so divided, so fraught with anger and frustration - isn't choosing to be a force for love a revolutionary act?
Chapman's song speaks about the impoverished among us and how they will rise up in society - my question is, who will meet them and how will they treat them? Jesus spoke of the least of these among us and how we are to reach out to these persons. At Shrine Mont Camps, we learn that anyone we meet might be the least among us - our campers and counselors come from a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and identities. They have so many different stories to tell. Each of them - and of us, really - could and likely has been the "least of these" at some point in our lives. It may even change from day to day and moment to moment. It is this empathy that we lead with at camp.
The revolutionary power of love. We hope our campers, counselors, and staff take this away when they leave camp; that for a short time, there was a consensus somewhere, somehow, to lead with our hearts. A short time that will hopefully stay with everyone who experiences the power of a summer at Shrine Mont Camps. As we lead our way into the Valley of the World, we take our lessons from camp and do our best to lead with empathy, love, and open hearts.
As Chapman says, a revolution can start with a whisper. Something as gentle, subtle, and powerful as love - for your neighbor, your friend, yourself. Campers know this from their time at Shrine Mont Camps. We hope that you will welcome them to share this lesson with you and the wider world. We are pretty proud of it, and we're guessing you will be too.
Camp starts this weekend!
I’ve been getting the calls and emails, the worries and wonderings. And I am so happy to help with them- you see, I know that for so many parents, the start of summer camp is a time of excitement (I get a week off!) and trepidation (will my child enjoy it? Will they get hurt?).
Having worked with children most of my life, and thus with their parents, I know from experience and stories that you may possibly be a ball of emotion yourself, regardless of if your child is one. So please, let me provide some observations based on my history, and what I know about Shrine Mont Camps:
Megan, Camp Registrar
Spreading the good news of Shrine Mont Camps into the Valley of the World.
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