It's possible that most 30-year-olds don't want to be called a lady. But, wouldn't any camp counselor want to be recognized and remembered by one of their campers 11 years later? That is what happened this year as Amanda Furhman (Peek) brought her son to Pee Wee Camp.
One of his counselors, Devon Liermann, had been Amanda's Pee Wee camper in 2002. Devon is shown pictured here to left with Amanda. This is a photo from Devon's scrapbook from camp. Not surprisingly, she remembered her past counselor fondly. Though time has passed, and a lot of things at camp are new and improved, one of the things that hasn't changed is the impact of having a counselor. Counselors still develop a close bond with their campers after a few short days, and campers come home with a ton of stories from camp as well as a few new role models.
It wasn't too hard for Devon to recognize Amanda. She doesn't look much different than she did three kids and a decade ago. This second picture was taken at the end of a great camp. It was a sweet moment for all of us involved.
A lot of joy is shared and a lot of energy is poured into every week of camp (especially Pee Wee Camp!) and it is really great to see the fruit that comes through our efforts, even years later as our campers and staff grow up into Christian leaders.
It is exciting that Camp Phillip has been around long enough that many of the past campers and staff are bringing their children to camp each summer as campers. It is encouraging to see so many familiar faces in the registration line each new week, and it is a blessing to have the opportunity to share Christ and Camp Phillip with their beautiful children.