Personal Encounters

Personal Encounters I scanned the family groups as soon as we reached the Save-A-Lot parking area to pick up our Chambersburg Day Campers.  I was a bus rider that first day, and there was Lucas, looking excited and a little nervous waiting for our arrival with his grandparents (my landlord and his wife).  He had…

Dishes and Discipleship

During the summer camping programs, 4.12 students serve in a variety of crucial roles. Student-led work crews help with many behind the scenes jobs and help keep the facility and programs running well. This includes weeding flower beds, serving tables, cleaning bathrooms, and of course, washing dishes! Not only do 4.12 students learn many practical…

I have Jesus in my Heart!

I have Jesus in my Heart! Courtney Martin Program Director   Each summer we have several campers who become familiar faces because they attend multiple weeks of camp. One of these campers, Khloe*, had just finished attending her fourth week of Day Camp.   As the end of the week approaches, the closing program is…

Amazing Answers

There’s something special about the closing staff debrief circle after a week of summer camp. I love it when we go out to the soccer field or sit on the front lawn as a summer staff in a big circle. It’s a beautiful scene with the fading orange sun getting low in the sky with…

God is always with me

Summer camp at Joy El is in full swing and it is such a joy to hear children all over the facility enjoying the activities and worshipping together. When I was a camper, I always looked forward to Thursday nights. Thursday nights are special at camp because that is when we do campfire. In the midst of…