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« Reply #180 on: June 30, 2009 08:46:44 PM »

So, when I was 18, I worked for a single summer as a junior counselor at Camp Arrowhead in Lewes, Delaware.  I'm writing this post because the alumni association for the camp has been asking for volunteers to visit area churches and talk about the camp.  Well, it's not really local for me, so I can't do that, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share my thoughts about it with you lovely people. 

I'll start off by saying that I would completely encourage anyone who lives close enough to send their children here, no matter what form of religion or spirituality you do or do not believe in.  Technically, the camp is episcopalian and they do have a chapel and a "Christian Education" block during the camp activities.  However, the Christianity you'll find here is unlike anything I've seen in any church that I've ever encountered.  The teachings and activities are heavily influence by American Indian spiritual beliefs and practices.  The summer that I was there, the sermons were about living harmoniously with nature, the music was about taking joy in life, and in Christian Education we made sand mandalas and medicine bags.  I can't find my mandalas anymore (we glued them down so the kids could take them home)  but I do still have my medicine bag hanging on the wall next to my bed. 

Making the bags was a lot of fun - During five day sessions, the first day, we made the bags, then each day after that, our CE focused on one of the four elements and everyone got a token to represent the element of the day for their medicine bags; a shell for water, rock for earth, feather for air, and a mirror to represent fire. Ironically, I think this camp may be what really ruined me as a Christian.  The sheer wonderfulness of the people and experience there made the attitudes of "real life" Christianity seem that much worse!

This was the start of me realizing that there were valid non-christian ways of explaining the world and even though I was only there for one short summer, so much of what makes me who I am came from there. I will gladly be sending my daughter there next summer (first year she's old enough) and every year after that she wants to go.  If she has half as good an experience as I did, I expect it to be every year until she's working as a counselor there. 

So, thanks for reading past "christian summer camp"  and if anyone is inclined to send their 7-year-old daughter there next summer, let me know and maybe we'll run into each other during drop-off Cheesy
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« Reply #181 on: July 01, 2009 01:02:20 AM »

sounds like a great place - I got to go to a "church camp" like that one year when I was a teenager and loved it - would be interesting to see what it was like these days...

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« Reply #182 on: July 01, 2009 06:26:18 AM »

That sounds like an awesome experience and a great place! I was dragged (well, tricked, really) into going to a youth group camp for a day and it was quite possibly one of the worst experiences of my life. I've never been Christian, I've always had a sort of respect and reverence for the two Marys in the bible, but I've been a witch pretty much my whole life. I know enough about the religion to cover myself in conversations, but these kids (well, teens, since I was 17) and my 'friend' were definitely trying to 'cure' me... needless to say the friend who brought me there and I stopped talking just as soon as she brought me to get my car. The tricking came in the form of 'hey, I'll take you to pick up your car from the shop. I just need to stop off at a friend's house real quick.' Next thing I know I'm in the woods being badgered about my faith.

Anyway... that was a tangent!  Roll Eyes  If I lived in Delaware and had children, I would send them to that camp. It sounds like a very open minded and genuinely good place. I can get behind anyplace that puts the message of living in harmony with nature before religious dogma. Smiley
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« Reply #183 on: July 01, 2009 08:01:52 AM »

Demi, my DD, is heading off to her second summer of Delta Lake Bible Camp. She has gone to two winter camps (long weekends). Her best friend goes and that's how she got started. Friend's mom is the French teacher at my high school and a close neighbor. She was a missionary and her hubby a minister (he's having a crisis of faith and is taking a break from ministering). She was raised in Africa and went to school in Rhodesia. She appears to have no idea I'm not Christian, though, I can't see how she doesn't know. I approve of the friendship and I still see validity in letting Demi experience all religions. So far she hasn't come home spouting anything condescending and as long as it stays that way, the friendships and experiences are good for her.
I'd personally send her to all types of churches if I could. My Christian upbringing did indeed shape the person I am, even though I'm noy still Christian.
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« Reply #184 on: July 01, 2009 10:43:14 AM »

I too, went to a church's summer camp when I was around 12 or 13. It was in the rec room of the basement of the church my friends went to. My mom was trying to shove me into social interaction mixed with Jesus which I could understand. I was quiet and "creative" and had a small group of friends that my Mom didn't think was enough so off to camp I went. The camp wasn't terrible and we discussed theology and asked questions pertaining to faith itself.  Every kid in that camp was some sort of miscreant and I think my friend enjoyed it because there was this cute boy she liked there. Mostly I taught myself how to play pool that summer and Egyptian rat screw.  Cheesy
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« Reply #185 on: July 01, 2009 12:03:19 PM »

OK - WHAT IS eGYPTIAN RAT SCREW? hAVE TO KNOW!!!
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« Reply #186 on: July 01, 2009 12:21:43 PM »

OK - WHAT IS eGYPTIAN RAT SCREW? hAVE TO KNOW!!!

Hehe, it's a really fast card game. For the life of me I couldn't play it now. But here's the wikipedia article about it.  Smiley
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« Reply #187 on: July 01, 2009 01:40:29 PM »

OK - WHAT IS eGYPTIAN RAT SCREW? hAVE TO KNOW!!!

Hehe, it's a really fast card game. For the life of me I couldn't play it now. But here's the wikipedia article about it.  Smiley

I used to play that too! I have no idea how to play it anymore.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #188 on: July 01, 2009 07:14:40 PM »

I like card games, especially ones with creative names  Grin
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« Reply #189 on: July 02, 2009 05:37:19 AM »

thanks for the link - this family loves crazy card games!
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