Just a few of the many wonderful ways we saw the Holy Spirit at working among us at Camp Cherokee 2016
When we suddenly found ourselves without two vital staff positions, it was a joy to experience the response of so many persons being helpful and answering “calls”. Some examples are:
Lifeguard Michaela, a 17 year old friend of one of our counselors, worked to secure lifeguards to cover all her shifts for two weeks at her regular pool job in order to answer our plea for help so we could swim and paddle canoes. This resulted in a pay cut for her.
Our CRCC team members were very supportive to the point that two came out to the camp to advise and support our directors when two personnel matters arose. Three CRCC Team Members really went to work to find a camp nurse for the second week. Three nurses were found to stay a day or two at a time.
Nurse Pat, a member of the Rockmart Presbyterian Church, came to check campers in and organize their medicines on Day 1. She then stayed late to make sure all campers’ medicines were organized so that any of the nurses following one another the rest of the week could know easily and exactly how to dispense medicines.
Nurse Mallory, former babysitter of one of our camp directors and CHOA Egleston Hospital ICU nurse, spent her two days off that week with us. She had a lot of fun surprising children with water balloons… splash… soak… during our Water Olympics.
Other blessings experienced:
Two counselors-in-training have been attending a “mega church” after their local Presbyterian church had closed. Earlier this summer they attended a huge youth event with their new church, going with 600 of more youth on 13 buses and leasing an entire hotel at Daytona Beach. After they returned home, their mother said, “They’ll be back. I don’t know what it is about Camp Cherokee but it is magic for my girls. If I had a bunch of money, I’d want to give it to make sure it keeps going.”
One of our senior counselors, while at camp had to sign a DNR order for her biological father, as next of kin stating that although they were not close it was good to be here with people who are close to her when this came up. She gave us a fun evening organizing a murder mystery case for the campers to solve. She’s willing to use the time she’s home from school to come clean the camp.
One of our camp directors, a child of the camp, is a pre-med student at UGA. She has just completed her application to med school noting in her application that her experiences at camp as a child and as a staff member have helped prepare her for being a doctor.
Twin high school girls from The Netherlands came to the US to attend as counselors-in-training. They came for a genuine experience of the American people, to work on their English, and be helpful with young children. After a few days of quiet isolation, one of the staff members suggested that they teach us some of the Dutch language. By contributing to the body, they were able to find and claim their place in the camp community. “Ik hou van jou,” by the way, means “I love you.”
A teen staff member disclosed a great amount of family tension at home which has led to feelings of depression and helplessness. Through the rest of the camp week, the directors and chaplain gave counsel and the other staff members gave their support.
Another staff member admitted to a struggle while deciding on next steps in life’s future. The staff member also stated how the camp community and leadership experiences have been a great encouragement.