I did some math while at camp last week. I have taken kids to camp for 28 weeks of my life! Great weeks, fun weeks, tiring weeks.
Last week I was given the honor to be the camp preacher at Camp Cale. (Camp Cale staff brought their "A" game) Camp Cale has made some great strides in the past several years. Matt Thomas, the camp director, has a great vision for Camp Cale becoming a year round camp and conference center. He shared the vision with me and I too see how Camp Cale has tremendous potential to be a top spot in eastern NC for church groups, couple retreats and youth events.
We had a great week at camp. Several students put their faith in Jesus Christ, 4 from our own youth group (the first group to attend Cale as a "group"). Many students made things right with God, several were able to deal with some things from their past that they were holding on to, things that were keeping them from growing in their faith.
Always at camp I let the campers know on the last day that they are leaving camp. When they leave the "bubble" of camp is where the rubber meets the road. It seems that whenever a believer comes from a spiritual highpoint that the enemy is there waiting to knock them off their feet.
Same happens with us as youth ministers. I came home from camp excited about the life change in students' lives and the great camp we experienced. Wham! I'm always tired after camp and it seems the older I get the longer it takes to get back to "normal". This time I came back from camp and got a "bug". It has wiped me out.
We have to be aware, as youth ministers, that when we are walking with God the enemy looks for opportunity to attack. He will attack when we are weak. He will attack to attempt to move our focus from our spiritual victory. It's not just the campers who have to be "on the ready" when returning from camp.