Always taking our cues from camp, The View from the Mountain is closing up shop for the summer as well. There's so much more left to write, topics to cover, camps to lift up. But the blog shares camp's good fortune: There will be a next summer. More songs to teach, more games to play, more plays to perform. The same North Mountain will be there for campers to conquer. More lives to transform and transfigure. In John, Jesus says, "A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me," and so it is with camp. But in the mean time, in the Valley of the World, all of us who came to camp will do our best to seek and to see Him, to look for and to recreate the love we experienced.
We leave you with a look back at some of our (and hopefully your) favorite articles from the summer.
- What is the Good News?
- Susan Daughtry gives a crash course in theology and the way Christians experience God and talks about creating a safe space for campers to explore their faith.
- Christmas at St. George's
- David Churchman takes a look at one of St. George's most honored traditions.
- God as Part of the Conversation
- Ed Jones reflects on his experience of how theology is taught and faith is experience at camp.
- Photo Journal: July Fourth and the Bishop's Jubilee
- Need we say more? Relive the pure, unadulterated fun.
- SHYC: Doers of the Word
- Emily Wright reports on SHYC's trip to the Volunteer Farm and puts it in the context of their central message, to be "doers of the word, and not hearers only."
- Lutheran Pastor, Episcopal Camp, Good Results
- Emily Cherry reports on an ecumenical bond formed between David Drebes, a Lutheran pastor in the Shenandoah Valley, and Shrine Mont.
- Rain Barrels, Explorers Place in the Valley of the World
- Explorers Camp makes and installs rain barrels to conserve water at Shrine Mont and learn about stewardship of creation by living it.
- Passion for the Questions
- Bishop Goff reflects on her experience at chaplain's time and the deep faith and biblical literacy she experienced in twelve- and thirteen-year-olds.
- The Small Things
- Pat Wingo on how the small traditions and quirks of a camp creates something much greater than the sum of its parts.
The View from the Mountain Staff