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Why Does Being A Camp Counselor Matter?

by Stacie Hoppman on October 26,2017 in Camp Staff Camp Talk Summer Camp with No Comments

Why Does Being A Camp Counselor Matter?

This past year, at the conclusion of summer camp, we asked parents what their kids talked about most when they picked them up from camp. The number one answer, far and above any activity or experience, was the counselors. Kids are drawn to summer camp because of the things they can do and the fun... read more

Talking about Tragedy on Social Media

by Stacie Hoppman on October 2,2017 in Growing Faith with No Comments

Talking about Tragedy on Social Media

What do we say in the face of tragedy? How are we supposed to respond? We call for prayer through social media posts and even with trendy hashtags like #prayforvegas. We post articles and watch as the death count rises. Doesn’t it sometimes seem trivial, far removed from the reality that some people went to... read more

10 dinner table conversations for your family

by Stacie Hoppman on September 19,2017 in Parents with No Comments

10 dinner table conversations for your family

It can be hard to tear kids away from their video games, cell phones, and computers and get them to just engage in conversation, especially if it’s with their parents! The older they get, the easier it is for them to immerse themselves in texting and social media conversations rather than sharing feelings and stories... read more

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

by Stacie Hoppman on September 5,2017 in Growing Faith with No Comments

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

“We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord And we pray that all unity may one day be restored And they’ll know we are Christians by our love By our love Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our... read more

What if all the world were like summer camp?

by Stacie Hoppman on August 17,2017 in Camp Talk Growing Faith Summer Camp with No Comments

What if all the world were like summer camp?

It’s Sunday afternoon and there is an almost palatable energy that hovers over the meadow, fills the dining hall, and flows through the cabins. A parade of cars snakes its way down the gravel road to the heart of camp. Campers tumble out of vans and cars and SUVs, nervous, excited, and very uncertain about... read more