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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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Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders

How do you summarize your life's work in three minutes? I faced that challenge last month when I attended the Rutherford County Board of Education meeting. Our local school board was considering adopting a "balanced calendar" for next year which would shorten the summer but provide longer breaks throughout the year. There are great advantages from an educational perspective, but, of course, a shorter summer means that fewer kids will be able to attend camp with us.

The public comments segment of the meeting provided just three minutes for each individual to share their views. I prepared a statement detailing why summer camp is so important to a child's development. But, as I approached the microphone in front of the crowded assembly, I knew I needed to share more than just facts and figures. So, I told them about the man who approached me in Walmart, shook my hand, and told me that his experience at SMCC as a child had changed his life. I mentioned the pastors, schoolteachers, and other leaders in our community whose lives have been transformed at SMCC. In fact, one of the school board members at that meeting has experienced this first-hand, because he worked two summers here as a cabin director.

In the end, it was a great reminder that South Mountain Christian Camp isn't about the programs or the facilities. It's about real people--children today who grow into leaders tomorrow. That's why the work we do here is so important.

Regardless of the school calendar, I know that South Mountain Christian Camp will be fine, because our future is in God's hands--not the school board's. A calendar can't change that. A politician can't change that. And a virus can't change that. We are the Lord's, and He will see us through every challenge that comes our way. If you would like to partner with us in this important work, we could certainly use your help. You can make a contribution using the donate button below.

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