After two years, I’ve been able to return to camp to work for most of the summer. I knew that last summer I was not meant to be at camp, but was also a little surprised when I realized that I would be back at camp this summer. Needless to say, I have been enjoying camp immensely, from the people to the fresh air to the worship to the things I get to do. This past week and a half I’ve been able to put up a rock wall, climb said rock wall, put up a zip line, ride horses, and many many other things that I don’t normally get to do.
In some obvious ways, camp is very different from the school environment that I worked in over the year. Whereas the environment I worked in was data and power driven, camp is God and people driven. At camp, people work because they love their job and go above and beyond. Over the year, I cringed again and again as I saw people only meeting the bare minimum requirements for their paycheck. In camp, I constantly hear encouragement and support. I’ll refrain from contrasting this with much of what I heard in the outside world.
I love camp.
As I’ve crossed cultures from camp to other world to camp, one thing that I’ve thought a lot about is adapting. As TCK’s,we pride ourselves in being able to adapt and blend in. Everyone wants to belong somewhere, and since we cross cultures so much, we get very good at adapting and fitting in. Sometimes it’s a great skill to have.
And sometimes it’s not. When the environment you’re in is bitter and angry, it’s not so good to adapt and fit in. When the environment you’re in has forgotten what really matters, you shouldn’t forget that also. So while my skills at adapting are well-honed, I realized I need to be careful about when/how I use them and be on the look out for what cultural aspects don’t agree with my faith.