During these past months in 2020, puzzles have become a favourite pastime for many. In fact, it was reported that big box stores ran out of puzzles. In the years when I was at Camp, many retreat groups enjoyed puzzles together and staff would add just a piece or two (or more) as they passed a puzzle that had been started.
When I think back of the years when I was privileged to serve as the Director of Camp Crossroads, I see the years and experiences, with 100’s of pieces fitting together to create a beautiful big picture. I think of it as a puzzle of the Master’s design.
If you were a camper or staff do you look back and remember any of the puzzle pieces?
- Staff circling the buses when campers arrived or staff lining up to wave as the buses left Camp
- Enjoying Camp treats – pizza, dad’s cookies, brownies, Camp Crossroads dessert and more
- Having a great time at the firesides with fun songs, great stories and hearing campers’ share
- Joining in enthusiastically with the singing and times of worship in the Chapel
- Hearing the triangle to line up for meals – some were special – Hat, Same day or Disney meals
- Challenging each other in volleyball, soccer, baseball or whichever sport was happening
- Anxiously waiting for waterfront to open to enjoy tubing, skiing or the Blob
- Meeting new friends and happy to once again see friends from past years
- Laughing at the skits on the deck or cheering for your friends in the Talent Nights
- Getting ready for Friday’s dress-up meal, usually a turkey dinner and then taking 100’s of pictures
- Working hard to win the Golden Broom at the end of the week
- Learning the meaning of GLABS or the first time. Enjoying MARKETPLACE to choose programs.
- The joy of seeing families enjoy a special week of Family Camp together
- Celebrating the 20th and 25th anniversaries with many supporters and families coming to join us
- Adults enjoying a retreat at Camp – 55+ Weeks, 20’s & 30’s Retreats, Snow Camps, Adult Bible Weekends, In-Betweener’s Retreats and family rental events
- Pee Wee’s, Kids to Youth campers – all were and still are excited for their Camp week
- Memories of how God spoke to you – at Chapel times and when you were with your cabin leader
- Staff remembering the special times of prayer each morning and see God’s answers happen
- Excitement when Tuck was announced; time to buy Camp shirts to wear for the next year
- The way time went so quickly and Camp was over – the sadness of leaving friends on Saturday
- and on and on …….