Last week, I returned home from Camp KidJam, our travelling Summer Camp for rising fourth through sixth graders. It’s exhausting going from state to state, college campus to college campus surrounded by hundreds of very enthusiastic children. Here’s a quick camp diary that will give you a glimpse of what my seven weeks at camp was like.

Week 1 – Florida – Southeastern University
First camp. We have no idea what we’re doing.
Week 2 – South Carolina – Lander University
Somehow pulled off the first camp. Second camp will be harder, because all of the costumes were thrown away by mistake. Must label garbage bags ‘Dirty Laundry’ from now on.

Week 3 – Indiana – Indiana-Wesleyan University
Starting to get the hang of things. Looking forward to Ivanhoe’s. 100 flavors of milkshakes + 100 flavors of sundaes. Worth a detour to Upland, Indiana, if you’re ever passing through.

Weeks 4 & 5 – North Carolina – Wake Forest University
My wife and two children are with me. Goodbye afternoon naps. Staff walking around like zombies.

Weeks 6 & 7 – Texas – Texas Woman’s University
So tired. Staff members dropping like flies—hurt knees, backs, feet. Hospital visits. Paintball injuries. But we soldier on. Reminded that even though it’s camp number seven for us, the campers are here for the first time. Let’s turn it up!

So, yeah. There are ups and downs at camp. We often feel unprepared, under rehearsed, unmotivated, and just plain pooped. But it’s worth it. You can see from the looks on the campers’ faces that it’s worth it. You can hear from the sound of their voices lifted to God in worship. And from their reluctance to leave after four non-stop days of fun. If you’ve ever joined us at Camp Kidjam, then you know it was worth it. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, well, there’s always next summer.
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