This city-is-life girl has been missing the wilderness lately. Maybe it’s because I spent so much time living on (3 summers) or within a 2 mile commute to (3 years) the gorgeous Michigan property of SpringHill.
I spent a cloudy Saturday at SpringHill this fall and would love to take you on a tour. Let’s start with Huron Village (or the wigwams)-the very first place I counseled in 1999!
Next to the Wigwams is Western Town. This area recently replaced the Covered Wagons that had been housing campers (and mice!) since our first year in 1969. I love the creative people I work with- SpringHill staff that can dream big and build it, too!
Here are the tepees- the dearest to my heart because it was the home of 1st-3rd grade campers when I was on summer staff. I was pretty much the permanent Area Director there for 2 summers. I must have talked about the tepees a lot, because when I came on full-time staff, it took years to explain to people that I didn’t actually live in a tepee. In retrospect, tepee living sounds like an awesome life!
SpringHill has been blessed with some of the coolest activities of any camp. However, in this fall tour, I focused on the classics. We’ve got all the cutting-edge extreme parks, water-slides and paintball courses, but some things just ARE camp. If you haven’t been up there lately, I’d love to take you for a tour of all that’s changed. And all that hasn’t.
And now, a few more glimpses of fall. Can you see the leaves falling over my favorite spot on camp? I’ve spent hours of my life talking to God on that bench.
I LOVE that I now get to work for SpringHill in a large community. And while I don’t think I’ll ever move back to Evart, I absolutely treasure the moments I get to spend on the property. What part/season of camp do you miss the most?