~Parent of Camper
I've spent sweaty summer nights in a cabin with 12 kids snoring and farting all night long. I’ve been covered head-to-toe in ketchup, mustard, and relish after the most epic food fight of my life. I’ve witnessed kids get up on water skis for the first time. I’ve spent long nights outside of the cabin, chatting with kids about the difficult situation that waits for them as soon as they return home. And I’ve heard, countless times, how thankful kids and parents are for this place - that safe place where they can truly be themselves, where they are loved and appreciated for who they are - a place where they feel at home.
These are only a few of the memories and experiences I’ve had at my time at camp and the impact of them on my life is immeasurable. Not only did I have the time of my life, I grew.
It was a camp that I really discovered what I was good at and who I wanted to be. I was surrounded by incredible people who wanted nothing but the best for me. I became more confident in my skills, I learned how to step outside of my comfort zone, and I was always encouraged to try something new. I’ve never felt so supported and cared for in my life. The best part is, these aren’t just my memories and experiences. These last couple paragraphs could have been written by just about anyone who has had some kind of Christian camp experience. Whatever the camp is, these are places where people want your kids to feel safe, have fun, and grow.
I’ve spent the past 8 summers at a camp in the Muskokas. I’ve slept in cabins, created outrageous programs, managed staff, comforted homesick kids, and sorted out all kinds of cabin drama. The most valuable stories I have aren’t even my own. They are the stories of the kids who come through and have a life changing experience. The stories of kids trying something new. The stories of kids encountering a loving God for the first time. The stories of kids battling cancer and rushing chemo treatments just so they could make it to camp.
There is something very special about a Christian camp. Whether your child is 7, 11, 15, or 21, the experiences will shape their lives. I am a better person because of camp. I am a better listener, a better teacher, a better coach, a better friend, a better brother, and I am so much closer to God. I am so thankful for my time at camp and I wouldn’t ask for anything different.
My name is Mark Muller, and camp has changed my life.
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