Written on Saturday July 2nd
This past week I got a glimpse of what God has in store for me this summer, and boy am I excited and nervous at the same time. My team and I just completed the first week of the Explorer Camp in Washington, DC. The week was filled with moments of me feeling anxious, excited, frustrated, content, powerless, and influential.
Getting to know each individual camper has been rewarding and scary. The experience is rewarding because as I get to know them, I am starting to understand their life style and why things are the way they are. I have been able to witness and be a part of a new culture.
The experience is scary because I have learned that a lot of the campers’ lives are tough. There are children in the camp that do not get three meals a day unless they going to school or camp. There are some campers who come to camp with holes in their clothes because their family does not have enough money to buy them more. There are some campers who come to camp with body odor because they do not have the supplies to wash themselves and/or their clothes. I think all of this information is scary to me because I don’t know how to process it or what to do with it when I do process it.
Hopefully my team and I will be a stable place for the campers throughout the summer. My hope, for this summer, is that this experience allows myself to grow but also the campers.