In my cabin, we end each day by going around and sharing something (or more than one thing) that we are thankful for. This sweet end to each day gives the girls an opportunity to reflect and share with one another about what they’ve experienced at camp…it is special to hear. Having a cabin full of 14 and 15-year-old girls means that they have come to camp for many years, and they are aware of how quickly the time flies by. They are truly soaking up every moment, and sharing what they are thankful for each night is a way for them to hold on to each moment at camp. Some of the things the girls have shared are this:
Hearing these words of appreciation and gratitude each night makes me tear up, and causes a smile to spread across my face. It is such a good thing to think about the experiences we are having, and it is an important thing to be able to be thankful in every circumstance. It is remarkable to see how thoughtful the girls in my cabin are.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 16-18
The counselors across camp are reflecting on the past four weeks, too. I think I can speak for all of the staff as I say that we are all reflecting on how this summer has been transformative in our individual lives, and how each and every one of the girls here at camp have impacted us.
These final days at camp are so fun, so very sweet and meaningful. We are allowed an opportunity to look back at all that we have experienced: the DMCs we’ve had; the delicious food we’ve eaten; the laughs we’ve shared; the goals we’ve met (and are continuing to meet); the scripture we’ve committed to memory; the lessons we’ve learned in Sunday School, Church, Breakfast Club and Morning Assembly; and the fun we’ve had each and every day at camp.
As we embrace the last week and a half of camp we will continue to make more memories, take time to reflect and be thankful for all that we experience here at Greystone.