I am originally from Texas, but last summer I had the amazing opportunity to work at Camp Akita. Not only was it the best summer camp that I had ever been to—with amazing faculty, staff and campers, but I connected with God on a deeper level.
Staff worship had just finished and as the sun cast its last rays across Lake Shellenbarger a shiver went through me. I couldn’t believe that this moment had finally arrived. The next day hundreds of campers from all walks of life poured through our front gate, said goodbye to their parents and guardians, got settled in their cabins and started on one of the most exciting weeks of their summer.
The Countdown for Summer Camp is on!!! This year Junior Campers will be a part of the special L.E.A.P. Squad—an elite group trained as spies for Jesus as they Listen to God, Examine His Word And Pray for His guidance.
Just eleven years ago, I was called by Pastor Greg Taylor to work at Camp Wakonda as its Boys’ Director. I had already worked at Timber Ridge Camp as a counselor for several summers and was looking for the opportunity to fill more of a leadership role at a camp.
It was with great joy that our 2021 camp staff started our summer at Timber Ridge Camp in Southern Indiana. 2020 had been miserable in many ways and skipping a summer of camp ministry had been almost unbearable. We were all looking forward to a time when we could put the pain and sorrow of the previous year aside and begin the important ministry that only takes place at a summer camp.