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New Beginnings

Cory Cole

Happy Monday, Swamp Blog readers! It’s good to be writing to you guys again after a long, fast-paced, eventful summer! Life at The Swamp this summer was full of life-lasting memories, inspiring Bible classes and devotionals, and strengthened international camp relationships!


We had groups from all over the world come take on The Swamp experience; leaders and teens from Nicaragua, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and the Bahamas came for a week each to learn about the camp culture here in Georgia that they can take to their respective summer camps at home! We also had Swamp Corps teams travel far and wide to take on Year 3 camp training in India, Brazil AND the Bahamas!


And of course, we had the honor and privilege of having one of the most anticipated camp traditions this summer, The Swamp Olympic games! Next week, I’d like to delve into that more and fill you in on our fun-packed Olympic theme for camp this summer. But this week, I wanted to encourage everybody with some of my reflections the past week or so.

The past couple of weeks has been full of new beginnings for everybody as summer vacations wrap up and the school year begins. We have new goals and resolutions to kick off the year strong… But as the year goes on, we get tired, we get overwhelmed, we get distracted, and eventually those resolutions are nothing back forgotten to-do lists. Just being real! I know that usually happens with me, but I think I actually want this year to be different. Instead of making a long list of things that I’d like to see happen, this year I want to focus on one thing that I’m determined on making happen. The only way I’ll do that is with God.

I believe that in order to do the things I want to achieve this school year, I will need to work on two things: spending time with God and building relationships in His kingdom. And I encourage you all to do the same! We all need one another, to spur one another on and prevent ourselves from hardened hearts. And of course nothing is impossible with God, so this year, instead of relying on our own strength that will stumble sometimes, let’s grow in our faith and make this a school year to remember by what God has guided us to accomplish!

Something I’ve realized when it comes to setting goals is to ask myself, why am I doing this? What inspires me? For you, that may be one of your favorite memories at The Swamp from this summer, or a devotional that really struck your heart. Maybe a really great conversation you had with someone recently. I think those are the kinds of things that will inspire and remind you of the goals you set for yourself.

Thanks for reading! I’m excited for next week, I’ll be sharing about the theme for The Swamp this summer, RACE!

Until next week,


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