This summer I worked at Camp Assiniboia as Bible Instructor. This was my fourth summer at camp: I worked the summers of 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2016. As the Bible Instructor, the core of my role was to prepare and present Bible sessions based on the curriculum, adapting them for the campers who were present each week. The theme this summer was Heroes of Faith: Called to be Courageous. The themes for the individual days were Courage to Love, Courage to Forgive, Courage to Have Faith, Courage to Hope, and Courage to Say Yes to God’s Kingdom.
We had a huge variety of things going on in Bible, but three things stand out as my favorite. First, on Tuesdays we had an “interview” session between me and the camp pastor, where the campers would hear us discuss the Bible: what it is, how to use it, (and how not to use it), and some surprising things about the Bible. It was interesting to hear a new perspective each week from a different camp pastor, and the differences in how they thought about the Bible and its use in Christian practice.
Another thing we did each week on “Courage to Love” day was hear stories of real-life heroes who showed love to those in need. Stories ranged from Jesus’ love for lepers and Samaritans to Dirk Willems’ compassion on his pursuer, to volunteer nurses during the AIDS crisis in 1980s San Francisco. Campers then had the opportunity to respond by “praying with color,” to bring to life their thoughts and feelings upon hearing these stories.
The third highlight of Bible sessions was a skit we do about Elijah on the mountain and witnessing the hurricane, the earthquake, the fire, and the still small voice of God. The hurricane, earthquake, and fire were each represented by a different person rampaging through the stage, impersonating the work of nature, and the still small voice was represented by a hidden person speaking into a microphone. This skit was a fun way of recreating one of my favorite Bible stories.
Outside of Bible times, I had a good time this summer getting to know campers and staff, and spending time in nature. We made lots of memories together playing games, singing songs, swimming, learning new skills, and learning about gardening on the Camp Assiniboia farm. I was glad to spend a few months away from the city to live and work together in the woods.