The Fourth of July
Alumni Coffee House
While camp enjoyed themselves up the hill, camp alumni, family and friends started off the Bishop's Jubilee weekend with a coffee house down at the lower pavilion.
The performances ranged from camp standards like "King Jesus is All," to songs written by former counselors (some while at camp), to camp themed stand-up comedy by former Explorers Camp and St. George's Camp camping director Laura Meagher. (To those that missed the stand-up, I sense that cringe at the idea and can say unequivocally that it's undeserved: It was unbelievably funny.)
Alumni spanning the five decades of camp sat around tables set up across the pavilion where they swapped stories and caught up with one another. A good time was had by all.
The Bishop's 5k
This year's winner was Clara, a St. George's Session IV camper who came down the hill just to run the race, followed soon after by her dad, Buzz (below, left). Rob Reed, former St. George's counselor and program director, and his daughter (below, right) came in third, making her the fastest toddler in the race and Rob the fastest thirty-something.
The Family Fun Fest
Staff V. World
As always, the game was immediately followed by the tie that binds everyone, staff and world, on and off the mountain. Mike Wade, director of St. George's, led all present in the shouting prayer. God loves the world. God loves the staff.
The Bishop's Bluegrass Festival
The festival had the highest attendance it has in years, drawing on both the fan base of the bands and a sharp spike in attendance of alumni and friends. We look forward to even bigger numbers next year as more people realize the awesomeness that is listening to bluegrass on a beautiful Shenandoah Valley day.