The Beginning of Another School Year is Upon Us.

Notes from the Director

August 25, 2017

The 2017 camping season is in the history books.  The windows are shut, the horses put out to pasture and the office staff is headed for a long winters nap.   We had 6 great sessions and 650 happy campers.    When our main camp summer was all completed here at Camp La Junta, and Katie and Cheryl were starting on the lost and found laundry, Scott, Dave, Colton and I turned our energies toward our annual DREAMKAMP.

Since 1997, the final week of the summer is always our DREAMKAMP.  It’s our week to give back to the community.  For our 21st year, we  hosted over a hundred and forty Kerr County kids for a free week of camp, absolutely no cost to them.  These outstanding kids were selected by their teachers for their attitude, enthusiasm and leadership potential.  We ran them through a week of Christian Leadership training.  We squeezed in as many activities as we could, surrounded by a morning Bible study by a local clergy and an evening campfire message by a local community leader!  We even had girls!  It’s a great way for us to end the summer and work on our community’s young leaders at the same time.

The end of the Summer is always an melancholy experience for us.  It’s nice to get a break from the hours, heat and high energy of the summer and it’s responsibilities.  But it’s also very quiet without all the rambunction, dining hall banter and non-stop boy energy.  Some of our favorite moments come in August when we get the occasional post camp updates.  Most everyone is geared up preparing for school, but we have a few hard core kiddoes and parents who keep us updated on their post camp adventures.  It’s always great to know that some of our guys continue to make their beds for a whole week after the summer ends.

Speaking of ending, thought you might like to see the CLJ Evening Prayer.  It goes across the PA every night of the summer, delivered by a different camper each time.  I know it’s been used for at least a decade and maybe even a few years more.  It’s a fitting way to wrap up the summer as well.

“The Bedtime Prayer”

Father, we thank you for this day,
We thank You for our friends and play.
We ask Your blessings overnight.
Please guide us safely til the light.

Teach us to always say what’s true,
Be willing in each task we do.
Help us be better every day,
and lead us in Thy Holy Way.

We pray whatever wrongs we’ve done,
You will forgive us every one.
Be near us when we wake again,
and Bless our Families, AMEN.

Have a great school year.  We can’t wait to get you all back for 2018!  If you’re new to La Junta, now’s the time to get registered for 2018.  While many terms and age groups are already wait listed, there will be cancellations in the Spring when summer and summer school plans start to take shape.  The sooner you are on the list, the better your chances of getting a spot!

Life is indeed Good.  Camp is still Better.  Blessings to you and yours.  Thanks,

Blake

Written by Blake Smith

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