A Screen-Free Camp

  Let me take you back to 1997 (over twenty years ago, gasp!). A new internet chat platform called “AOL Instant Messenger” was just released. And I, like the early adopter that I still am today, was quick to sign on. I will not reveal my screen name because it was simply too embarrassing! Now […]

LEADing the Way

In this blog post, staff member Jamie “Ro” Van Buiten and camper Lydia Ware talk about their experiences with LEAD (Leadership Education and Development), a two-week program for Explorer campers who have finished 10th grade and want to learn about leadership skills. Ro writes that during LEAD, “the girls are challenged in their beliefs about […]

Cookin’ Out

Cookouts are a longstanding camp tradition. For dinner on Tuesday nights, we split up into cabin and tent groups and work together to make a meal together over a fire. We start preparing as soon as all the campers arrive on Sunday afternoon. Trying to accommodate everyone’s tastes can be difficult, but compromise is part […]

Camp is for the Birds!

Since our beginning in 1965, staff at camp have chosen “bird names” for themselves. This tradition comes from our original name, Camp Cherith, which is a reference to the story of Elijah being fed by ravens in 1 Kings: Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God […]

Why Camp?: Staff Edition

College students today struggle with making sure they have used every opportunity during college to ensure that they are the most prepared they can be to enter “the real world.” During my time at Wheaton College, I felt pressure to get internships and create networks in order to secure my future. Instead, I chose to […]