I am working a model to make sense of what we do at camp. How does connecting youth to the Outdoor Ed curriculum bring them closer to God? How does a pastor's retreat draw participants to nature? How does renewing Family bonds bring one closer to God?
When you grow deeper in a relationship whether to the environment, to people, or with God, you also gain new insights into the other areas. They reinforce each other and inspire us to live deeper and more aware.
Example 1: When I teach about the Marsh and how different ecosystems work together to keep balance and harmony in creation, I am amazed and awed by the God who created it all. It, also, encourages me to see how people work together to create beauty in communities.
Example 2: As I learn more about how my food gets to my table, I realize how my community, my neighbors are affected by my choices. My desire to follow God demands that I also love my neighbors even when it is not easy.
I realize that it is a circle that never ends, once we join it we continue to go deeper and deeper in the cycle. The more we learn the more we realize we don't know. I am glad that God is full of grace and invites us all to join where we are at. Jesus call us to follow him. We want camp to be that place that calls and nurtures disciples.