“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”-Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
We are the Lord’s vessels. Collectively we portray many talents. Most of these are used to encourage one another. As staff training continues at Camp Judson we are learning the importance of positive team building, worshipping together and sharing God’s love as we eagerly await to share His love with campers.
This year we are a nautical-themed team. We are lead by the captain of the ship and our managing director Kevin Saxton. There are squids, stingrays, clownfish, sharks, octopi, minnows and mermaids. The mermaids, our summer program director Emily O’Malley and assistant program directors Kimberly Corbin and Amanda Morris, have structured training to be engaging and informative. The staff are becoming energized by their sea creature teams and our metaphorical oceanic ecosystem is flourishing as a result. These groups illustrate Judson staff’s varying gifts and talents God has given each staff member. Just as Marlin the clownfish from Finding Nemo ran into a group of unlikely sharks and learned a lesson about unpredictable characters, we are continually surprised by one another and we are learning more about God’s will within each of us. We have been urged to strengthen one another. These character building efforts can be seen while playing Capture the Flag, or Raise the Jolly Roger as they say on the high seas, during staff sessions about bullying, personalities, CPR training, Vespers worship or simply while enjoying a meal.
Staff training opened with dinner and a welcome from Captain Kevin. The evening ended with a hayride and Vespers worship. As training has progressed we have shared in bible study, gone over rules and procedures, volunteered at Rally Day, experienced rock wall training, threw a pool party, played countless games and learned how to be a spiritual leader just among a few activities.
The staff also enjoyed promoting camp and entering children in a drawing to win a free week of camp for them and a friend at the Erie Seawolves game. Judson has had three winners so far. The staff could be seen in their bright yellow t-shirts illustrating this year’s theme of “Celebrate”.
After 65 years of ministry through Camp Judson, the staff was happy to welcome another section of staff training before campers settle in.
Saxton spoke for the rest of the staff saying he is eagerly awaiting the arrival of campers.
Staff and board members are also anticipating the celebration of Camp Judson’s conception this August.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”-Hebrews 10:24-25