“Ohhhh shiny miney einey-miney, eye-shnick-new qui-qwy-a! Qui-qwy-a!”
When I think of Camp Judson, this simple song and camp favorites come to my mind. Good ‘ol Shiny Miney! My greatest memories come from gathering around with campers at the fire and letting them know, it’s okay to look silly singing these songs. We all look crazy! And it’s fun! Best of all, we were singing for God.
I was fortunate enough to work for Camp Judson in the summer of 2014 as a co-marketing assistant with my good friend Megan Hunsberger, of course then I knew her as Megan Sirko. But while most of us get married, have children, move to different states, start a new career—we will always have memories together of Camp Judson.
2014 was one of my favorite summers. While I was exhausted at the end of each day, it was a good exhaustion. I knew I put all of my God-given gifts to use not only for the mission of Camp Judson, but for the furtherance of His kingdom. Praise the Lord!
I still have our group photo hanging in my room from the year I helped co-counsel with Vanessa Corbin for Arts Alive camp. I remember being nervous because I had never been a camp counselor before. But my cabin of girls didn’t care how silly I was—in fact they embraced it and added to the hilarity that ensued that week.
We played improv and practiced for our live music video. We talked about the creation of the Earth and the beauty of God’s grace. I was amazed by my campers’ creativity and the ideas they shared. They made their performances all their own and I felt truly grateful for those girls.
Then at night, we would share devotions. We shared our fears, our hopes, our questions about God and His grace and plans for each girl’s life as we promised to trust and respect each other with whatever we shared. I was truly amazed at the girls’ maturity and their hearts for God. It was a summer I’ll never forget and I’m blessed to keep in touch with many of them to this day. God is so good!
-By Rebecca Marcucci