Thank you so much for joining with us to send Detroit kids to SpringHill Camps. Josh and I have been sending kids to camp each summer since 2013. For our 2012 wedding, we asked our friends and family to make … Continue reading
Today I share my birthday with Sydney, a 15 year old here in Detroit that we spend a lot of time with and really love (you should hear Luke following her around the house saying “Neenee, Neenee!”). I’m not always … Continue reading
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?
I’m back from the 3-state travelling, mega-meeting, conference-attending life I’ve been living the past 10 days. And in my time away, I was a part of a breaking news story (only in Michigan, where I think the news is weird, … Continue reading
Still, always, my favorite moments of the day are with kids. I LOVE my partner churches. Like can’t wait to get there and sometimes cry at the end because I become so close with the church staff. I LOVE my SpringHill staff. Like DEEPLY, can’t explain it. We are family. And I can’t believe WE GET TO DO THIS TOGETHER. But let’s be honest, I got in this and stay in this FTK (that’s college kid slang for “for the kids”- I have to be cool & hip and use their language if I want to be their leader). Kids are SO amazing–if you haven’t spent time with an elementary student lately, you need to do that this week.
I went around asking kids what their high was (best part) and what their low was (worst part) for the day. One little girl said she definitely had a low:
“The only problem is that my cheeks are hurting worser and worser because I just can’t stop smiling and laughing.”
Today it poured. A full out ruin all your outdoor-camp-plans-type of storm. And we had more fun than ever. Did I mention I love my staff? And my photographer, Mark, who is capturing the beauty and wonder of it all so well…