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Welcome back! I hope you're having a fantastic day. I just wanted to give a quick reminder to register for Swamp's 25th Anniversary! This is the last time I will be able to remind you, because this time next week the celebration will have happened and all the memories will have been made. So, don't miss out on the party of the year. Sign up! Also, Swamp is hosting the Father Son Retreat November 10-12. Links to register for both of these events will be at the bottom of the page.

There are several reasons I hear people give for what makes camp such a special place. Many times I hear people say it's the people, the relationships, or the spiritual environment. When all of these things are combined, it creates the concept of community.

The general idea of community is a group of people who all share some kind of unifying interest, goal, or characteristic. In the case of camp, the unifying interest or goal could be getting closer to God, having fun, and making friends. The unifying characteristic could be the desire to feel loved and believed in, or perhaps, the freedom we exhibit when being ourselves. Camp has always been a place of great community. And, community is great, because a unified group is stronger than an individual alone.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

-Hebrews 10: 24-25

Just like this scripture talks about, as those trying to please God, we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds and encourage each other. This specific scripture also references meeting together and tells us to make it important and to not give up on it. When we are together, we are able to refresh and refine each other.

Another cool thing about community is that it is made up of different members who have different strengths and different roles to play. Think of how many different roles there are at camp. There are campers, counselors, directors, teen workers, kitchen staff, nurses, lifeguards, Erwin and his crew. And, then think about how each of these people brings a unique quality to camp. If you are a camper, you may bring your energy and enthusiasm. If you are a counselor, you may bring your love and service. If you are a kitchen worker, you bring one of my favorite things (FOOD) and warm smiles to greet everyone at meals.

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

-Romans 12: 4-5

Another amazing thing about community is the strength and support behind it. In 1 Corinthians, when talking about the body of believers, Paul writes that if one part suffers or rejoices, all parts suffer or rejoice. The idea of the bond behind this kind of community is incredible. I like to think that the respect and appreciation each person is given, along with the unifying desire to be closer to one another and God, is what creates such an incredible community at camp. Communities also possess great power. Many times in the old testament, God would reveal Himself to a community of people. Matthew 18 also says that when two or three are gathered in his name, He is there.

I feel so blessed to even know of a community like the Swamp community! It's a community I feel so confident that God has sewn together. Let's remember to reach out to those within our Swamp community, as well as within our fellowship of believers. Now is the opportune time to reach out and gather together as many of the Swamp community as possible for the 25th Anniversary Celebration! We hope to see you there as we celebrate the amazing community that God has developed through Swamp.

Until Next Week!

Much Love & Respect, Julie


We are SIX DAYS from Swamp's 25th Anniversary Celebration!!! * cue confetti, fireworks, trumpets, and dancing *

If you haven't heard the news, camp is hosting a giant 25th birthday party in honor of 25 years of camp! The celebration will be at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta on October 29th. Attendees will include international camp directors, alumni of all ages, and we hope, you! It's going to be a great time. Not to mention, we will be having a camp-style singing devotional and barbecue for lunch! Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets.

Click here to register! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SUNDAY!! :)

ALSO, click here to register and get details on the Father Son Retreat.


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