DSC_6436John 13:34-35

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Adventure Camp. Week 1  has begun! This week has been great as we now get to our second campfire of the session tonight! Our Adventure Campers have all moved in, gotten to know one another, and have almost finished their first full week of activity areas. On Monday they will start their new week with new activity areas. Tonight’s campfire, complete with songs and s’mores, will be a great way to mark our time together thus far and look forward to a great week ahead. Before the campfire we will have our first Eucharist of the week with Mother Julie in St. Luke’s Chapel. Mother Julie is the Associate Rector from Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights and she is an awesome addition to our Camp Family!  So far, this week has been a blast!

Our Christian Formation theme for this session is Courage in Community.  We are looking at different mini-themes that teach us what it means to live, work, and worship together as the Adventure Camp Community here at Camp DeWolfe. We’ve looked at, so far, at how we can be courageous in showing up for our fellow campers as well as at the courage to trust one another. The story of Ruth and Naomi, the commandment from Jesus to his Disciples to love another, and a passage of Jeremiah that we worked with this morning (Jeremiah 17:5-10) all give us glimpses into what it means to trust each other and God. Beginning tomorrow, we will move into our next themes which will take us through more of the Old Testament into the Gospel of Matthew through which we will see the themes of Standing up for what we believe in, Justice, Change, and Connecting. Our Adventure Camp community is still growing together but it is a strong Jesus-filled community!

This weekend we have our first weekend program of the session, which is run by two of our awesome counselors Brad and Katherine! The theme for the weekend is Olympics! We’re going to have a great weekend of fun and excitement as we all compete in various Olympic events. We will have our first Christian Formation session on the beach on Saturday night as the sunsets. Overall, this week has been an awesome one and I think we are in for a really amazing next week together! As always, all of you are in our prayers here at Camp DeWolfe!

Grace and Peace,
Stephen Tamke
Christian Formation Director