Recently I was able to spend a week at my favorite place on Earth, Camp Calumet.
My time there was at the end of our family vacation and I was able to relax and enjoy the experience completely.
I realized a few things while I was on the trip. First , I need to take a vacation more often. For the first time in my pastoral ministry I was able to take a real vacation. I was away from the church long enough to clear my head and focus on my family and friends.
Second, I love my friends. I have been blessed with so many great friends and they are there to love and nurture me both personally and professionally. During my time away I was able to talk about all the things that I have been thinking about for awhile and I was able to get advice and comfort.
Third, I realized how Camp Calumet has changed for me over the years……
When I was eight…
Calumet was about meeting new friends, it was about camp-wide games, it was about “the dance”, it was about staying up late and sleeping in my sleeping bag.
When I was sixteen….
Calumet was about spending my summers at camp, it was about meeting up with my friends every summer, it was about the Boys Junior end, it was about pranks, it was about girls, it was about the campers, it was about days off, it was about mandatory fun, it was about arts and crafts.
When I was twenty-two……
Calumet was about PUDDLE, it was about double days off, it was about friends, it was about girls, it was about the campers, it was about being on the year round staff, it was about Calumet in the Winter, it was about Campfires on the beach, it was about the quietness of camp, it was about the guests, it was about hanging out with my friends all weekend, it was about the Whitter House, it was about Rosies.
When I was twenty-eight……
Calumet was about the value of all I have experienced, it was about memories and good times, it was about the friendships I developed, it was about the occasional visits with my family, it was about Rosies, it was about visiting North Conway, it was about introducing Calumet to anyone and everyone.
Now that I am thirty-three…..
Calumet is about occasionally being the Chaplain, it is about Indian Food, it is about Summer Finale Week, it is about my kids having fun, it is about Rosies, it is about the Staff House, it is about Lake Ossipee, it is about spending time with my best friends, it is about deeply connecting with a God who is always with me but most present when I am connecting all aspects of Calumet for me.
I have enjoyed all aspects of Calumet for me and I know that as I continue in my Relationship with this wonderful place its meaning will continue to evolve.