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Executive Director Steve Collins reflects on life at Camp and how the ministry makes an impact through Summer Camp, Weekend Retreats, Outdoor Environmental Education, and Challenge Course programs.

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Our gym was transformed into a robotics laboratory this month for our annual open house and banquet. The robots were mostly decorative and the sound effects were fabricated, but the fun was real as we presented our 2017 summer camp program, Robots: Designed for a Destiny. The event began at 4:00 pm with a drop-in reception and guided tours of the camp. At 6:05 pm the banquet meal was served, paid for by our wonderful business sponsors.

Afterwards, we began our program presentation with a skit. I played the role of the robotic engineer struggling with a machine I was unable to repair. To solve the problem, I designed and constructed a robot, portrayed by my son, Mikel, in a full robot costume. The robot was then able to activate the machine, revealing our key verse this summer from Psalm 139:13-14, “You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother’s body. How you made me is amazing and wonderful.” (NIRV)

Robots come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing that they have in common is that they are each meticulously planned and designed to serve a specific purpose. They are intentionally different because they each have a unique function. We will use these concepts, along with our key scripture to teach campers that they too are uniquely created by God for the future He has prepared for them. They may not be like the people around them, or even like the people they most admire, but that's a good thing. Each one of them is made unique and special.

Following the program presentation, O.A. shared how God continues to work in miraculous ways providing for the needs of South Mountain Christian Camp through our wonderful supporters. Six hundred kids will come to camp this summer, and about 450 of them will need financial assistance. We will never turn a child away because they don't have the money to pay for camp, but we trust God to provide scholarships for these kids.

And He always does.

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