Our summer camps are coming to a close! After pre-teen camps in Texas and Missouri, the Adventure Camp in Maine, and, now, the teen camp in Ohio, all that remains is the European camp later this month and the summer Living Youth Camp season will be closed — though planning for next year is, as you can imagine, already under way.
It was a real privilege to be a part of the fantastic teen camp in Ohio this year, which began at the very end of July with more than 100 teen campers and 200 total attendees. What an amazing program! The ranger who takes care of the grounds for the Boy Scouts told us repeatedly that it was one of the finest camp programs he had ever seen, and I find that easy to believe. Mr. Jonathan McNair, Mr. Sheldon Monson, and the team they put together did an absolutely outstanding job with the LYC program this year, and it was a joy to participate in it. More than that, I am delighted that my oldest son was a camper for the first time this year — all the more because I have seen over the years how the program really helps families in the Church in their efforts to turn their boys and girls into godly men and women. Seeing my own son take his place as a camper at the teen camp was a wonderful experience.
And in the event that any of you campers who had plane trips home yesterday read this, I really enjoyed being “airport guy”! It involved a lot of running around from one end of the airport to the other, but it was fun spending those last few moments of “camp-iness” with you before you headed home. I hope everyone arrived home safely, and I loved every bit of being your Speech and Communications teacher this year, as well as helping to coordinator each of your Topics and Dance evenings! You all did a great job!
2011 really has been an incredible year for our summer camps. I hope to write more later, but having just gotten back yesterday there is much else that needs to be done! Just wanted to check in. 🙂