Hey Swamp Blog Readers!
I hope you've all had an awesome week! I want to remind you of two events coming up within the next two months. The Father Son Retreat will be this upcoming weekend (Nov. 10-12.) Also, HATS (Holidays at the Swamp) will be held Dec. 29 - Jan. 1. Links to both of these events will be at the bottom of this page!
We had an awesome time at Camp Swamp's 25th Anniversary Celebration this past week! The celebration was full of friends, fun, and reflection upon all that Swamp has become in the last 25 years, as well as all Swamp hopes to achieve in the future. It was nothing short of incredible to see how Swamp has united and impacted people of so many places, ages, and cultures. This week I interviewed prior and current Swamp goers to help talk about the impact the celebration had on them.
The celebration began with a nostalgic, camp-style singing devotional.
1st Interviewee: Maya Yim, Camper, 13 years old
1.) What did you think of the 25th anniversary and getting to see all that Swamp has become over the years?
"The 25th anniversary was an amazing time where we got to see new friends and old friends that were like family. the singing devo was one of my favorite parts because it brought me back to think of how many memories I had at camp and how many other people had. It was cool to see how much the Swamp has become over the years. I never knew how much work, thought, effort, and prayer it took to create it AND keep it open."
2.) As a current camper, what would you say if you could say anything 1) to the prior generations who helped create the Swamp? 2) to the future generations who will continue Swamp?
"As a current camper, I want to thank all the prior generations that helped create Swamp. No matter what you have done whether built, camped, counseled, or worked, you have helped created the safest place on earth physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally that will last a long time. Keep guiding us because we need your wisdom && knowledge! 'As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.' Proverbs 27:17"
To my generation & coming generations I encourage you to remember the people that were here before you and how much they worked to make the Swamp happen, show others camp spirit & bring more people to camp, keep being yourself, don't let others bring you down, make your relationships stronger with older friends, younger friends, and God. 'In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.' Matthew 5:16"
Friends and family were brought together to celebrate all camp has become.
2nd Interviewee: Rodwell & Osylia Mugochi, Camp Directors in South Africa
1) What did it mean to you to be able to be at the 25th anniversary with other camp directors and alumni?
"It was so special and inspiring seeing the other camp directors from around the world as it helped us develop a common camaraderie across continents and as well as help us realize the power of God in changing lives through camp in the different stories that we heard from around the world."
2) Did the weekend inspire any goals or dreams in you for camp in South Africa?
"Yes it helped us dream to PRAY for a campsite and talking to some of the oldest campers and hearing them share about camp from the ‘old days’ and now seeing their kids and grandkids go to camp helped us catch a vision of the impact of Camp through multi-generations."
3) What has camp meant for you on a personal level?
"Its special to see The Power Of God at work starting from young hearts in their preteen years and watch them grow through their teenage and campus years into young singles and adulthood growing in humility, grace, gratitude and service to God."
All ages came together to celebrate 25 years of Camp Swamp.
3rd Interviewee: Ashley Stancil, Swamp Alumni
1) What did it make you think or feel to be at the anniversary and see all that Swamp has become? (esp. as an alumni who saw camp when it was younger ) 2) Is there anything camp has given you that you are really grateful for?
"I was reminded this weekend that even though I've had my concerns and questions about church, God is always true and with us. And Camp Swamp was always something real, true and good. I learned about God there. I learned how to love others there. I learned that it is possible to live without judging or being judged. I made life long friends, countless memories and convictions that have lasted since I was so young. Thank you, Sonny and Carolyn for what you created many years ago, and Jeff and Jennifer for keeping it going and growing. Being a part of the 25th anniversary celebration did my heart so much good and for that I am so grateful."
Wow. It's so inspiring to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds how Camp has impacted them! Until Next Week!
Much Love & Respect, Julie <3
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