SOUTH MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN CAMP Summer/Fall 2008 Volume 8, Issue 2
The Mountain Star Inside this issue: Camp News
Ten Most Wanted
Support SMCC at Bi-Lo and Family Christian Stores. Read the details in Charlotte’s Web on page 3.
Summer Camp Notes: • 588 campers came to camp this summer. • 72 asked Jesus into their hearts for the first time; 10 rededicated their lives to Him.
Captain O.A. Fish, Retired Eastern Airlines Camp Founder/President
“...It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” (Acts 6:2-3) As this scripture shows, from the early church “food service” was of great importance. After thirty-four years of overseeing the ministry of SMCC, I can truly say that “food service” ranks at the top of our priority list. If meal-time is not a joyous occasion, we are in trouble. In the primitive days of SMCC, we slept in tents, used an outdoor toilet, ate under a picnic shelter, and cooked on grills. We had no electricity and no water except what we hauled in to the camp site. There was a lot of fun to cooking out, and the food was tasty. But it didn’t take long for us to realize it was a lot of hard work and distracted from our ability to focus on ministry. The only solution at the time was to turn our home into a cafeteria. God had led us to build a fairly large house with a country-style kitchen which had two ovens and two stove tops—plenty of room for food preparation. Our two-car garage and walk-in basement was suitable for dining. Of course, this all had to be approved by the health department, and we were the only home in the county displaying a Grade A health certificate in our kitchen. Judy Philbeck, a dear friend and neighbor, helped Charlotte with the cooking and serving. Her full-time job was Food Service Manager for a local school cafeteria. Judy continued spending her summers serv-
Summer Camp Report
Steve Collins Program Director
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Summer Camp 2008 is now in the books. We had a fantastic summer despite facing quite a few logistical problems. The most prevalent issue was the constant struggle to provide water to the boys’ cabin site. The extreme drought we experienced cause the well on the cabin site to run very low. Despite the struggles that this created for the boys, God continued to touch their lives. I was so proud of the Cabin Directors who kept a positive attitude even when things got rough. As a result, they were able to minister love and grace to their campers.
• 63 were baptized here in our swimming pool.
Our theme was called “Treasure Quest” and was based on Matthew 13:44 which compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a hidden treasure. We taught the campers that their relationship with God should be valued and pursued above all else—like a pirate pursues treasure. Campers even got to experience a “treasure quest” of their own when they were given maps of the camp that led them to clues which pointed them to the treasure.
• Every camper received a South Mountain Christian Camp coin as a gift.
Overall, it was an exciting summer, and an exhausting one as well. Once again God proved Himself to be faithful as camper’s hearts were changed every week. We’ll never forget the summer of the Treasure Quest!
Construction continues on the new Ellie Will Lodge which is similar to the recently-completed Morris Pritchard Lodge. This lodge will have 28 beds, central heating and air, and indoor bath facilities. Pray with us that this project goes well.
Our calendar is filling up with weekend retreats, school field trips, and ropes course outings. Information about these programs is on our website: smcc-online.com.
We have problems with bees at camp every summer. This summer a bee stung a little girl. While we were treating the sting, she said to me that she wished bees didn’t have stingers. I asked her what she thought they should have. Well, she thought for a moment, and then she said it would be nice if they had a ball on their bottom. Then they could sit on it when they got tired of flying and that might make them a little kinder.
Special thanks for Barbara Daigle who donated a chainsaw and to Campbell’s Cleaning & Restoration Service who gave us a 3-door commercial refrigerator for the cafeteria. Both items were requested on the “Top Ten List” in our last issue.
We are in the process of raising funds to install a playground near the picnic shelter at the ball field. This will provide recreation for summer campers as well as for church groups who frequently rent this area for picnics.
Jo Hoselton Office Manager
So if bees had bouncy balls on their bottoms They could bounce around to all the blossoms. So with all the fun bouncing, they might be kinder And I think we might like them a whole lot better.
Captain’s Corner (continued from page 1) ing as our Food Manager until her retirement just a few years ago. Regina Howard, an understudy of Judy’s, took her place and does a super job for us today.
how God sent a local businessman who enables us to add a 30’ x 30’ dining room to the old farm house. We were also able to heat and air condition the whole building.
Our home had a temporary approval by the Health Department who after eight years said it was time for us to move to a more permanent location. By this time, God had enabled us to buy an additional 47-acre joining tract of land that had an old farm house on it. It was over 60 years old, and hadn’t been lived in for a number of years. The interior was in bad shape and required extensive renovation. But the Fingerprints of God were at work, and we were able to do this without having to go into debt. There was a certain charm about the old farm house, and it met our need for a time. There was no air-conditioning, and even with fans running and the doors and windows open, we did a lot of sweating during the hot summer days. Within a few years, we found ourselves packing 100 campers into space that would comfortably seat only half that number.
We have been in the old farm house now for over 25 years. You probably have already guessed it—we find ourselves once again “packed-out.” The logical next step which has been a part of our master plan for many years is to build a new cafeteria. This will not be a simple task. We need to build a facility that will comfortably seat 200 people.
By this time, I had learned that the thing that enables the hand of God to move on our behalf was intercessory prayer. After much spiritual travailing, we got our answer. I wish I had the space to share with you the hole amazing story of
For some time this project has been a focus of our prayers. I’m happy to report though that we have begun to see some fruit. Recently I received a phone call from an old friend, James Caton. James and his wife Barbara were among our dear friends at Faith United Methodist Church back in Alexandria,VA. They have also been faithful supporters of SMCC from the beginning. Barbara went to be with the Lord in September 2005. James called to tell me that he and his children would love to make a gift to the Camp in her memory. I told him of my vision for the new cafeteria, and they are happy to make the first fruit gift toward the project. For now the cafeteria is a miracle in the making. If you would like to be a part of this miracle, we would greatly appreciate it.
Special Gifts received 3/15/08-9/1/08 IN MEMORY OF... • Lula Bauman by Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Hamrick • Dorothy Thompson by Golden Girls Supper Club • Dorothy Thompson by Patricia Herron • Infant Son of Samuel Walker by Judith Walker • Geurney Moore by Eva Marie Lowry • William H. Crusius by Adonza Crusius • Richard Hoyle by Betty Hoyle • Dorothy Jackson by Willie Young • Lance Cole by Mr. & Mrs. Verner Hardin • Donna Simmons’ mother by JM Desantis • Erika Crowder by Dennis & Pam Crowder
IN HONOR OF… • Barbara Ann Shuford by Mr & Mrs MB Huggins • Roger & Edna Robinson by Mr & Mrs Christopher McCarthy • Bob Hicks by Mr & Mrs Ward Benedict • Adam Crowder by Dennis & Pam Crowder
Ten Most Wanted Following is a list of the top ten items needed by SMCC . These are in addition to our month-to-month expenses. Study the list and prayerfully consider contributing to any of these items. 1.
Tractor (40 horsepower minimum).
Twelve-foot mowing deck.
Electric golf cart(s) (to reduce traffic on Camp).
Heavy-duty portable basketball goal for gym.
Heavy-duty volleyball standards for gym.
150 plastic stackable chairs for cafeteria.
Free standing, stainless steel, double-tub, double drainboard sink for our cafeteria.
10 sets of vertical window blinds for office building.
Commercial quality playground equipment.
10. Volunteers needed for cafeteria, office, cleaning, etc..
Charlotte Fish Executive Director
Wow! what a wonderful summer we have had with the staff and the youth. Each year I think that it cannot get better than the year before, but it does. Even though we may have many problems, it is never in the ministry with the children or staff. My favorite place is the cafeteria at meal times. This is where I sit and watch the staff and youth relax over a meal that has been wonderfully prepared by the kitchen staff. I hear their conversations on what they have done during the day and what their plans are for the evening. It is like listening in on a party line phone. (Some of you I know remember doing that like I do.) On the first day they are real quiet with each other. But, by the time we get to the end of the week, you can hardly hear yourself think because they are talking to their new friends so much. It is so wonderful to watch the children become friends. Enclosed you will find four cards from Bi-Lo. This is their fund-raising program. When you shop at Bi-Lo at any location, just give one of the enrollment cards below to the cashier along with your regular Bonus Card to be scanned
within your grocery order. This one-time scan will enroll you for SOUTH MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP until May 31, 2009, and we will receive one percent of your purchase price. Give the extra enrollment cards to family and friends so they can help us raise money as well. This does not effect your cost at all. We also have cards you can use when you are shopping at FAMILY CHRISTIAN STORES. Every time you present one of these cards at any Family Christian Stores location, 5% of your purchase will be credited back to South Mountain Christian Camp in the form of a merchandise certificate. You would be surprised how much these things have helped. For example, this past summer we had enough credits from the book store that we did not have to pay for the materials we needed for the summer program. The cards for Family Christian Stores are not enclosed, but if you would like one, please give me a call at the office and we will mail you one right away. This is especially helpful with the Christmas season coming .
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Steve Collins Program Director
This is a story I shared in our May receipt letter. It received such a strong response, I’ve decided to share it with you here. What is grace? As Christians we talk about it, pray for it, and sing about how amazing it is. But how do we define grace? There are several theological definitions of grace which make sense from a logical standpoint, but most of them are very impersonal. That’s why I like how O.A. describes grace. He has often said that grace is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. I saw this exemplified last month on our rock climbing wall. We had a group of about 40 children and adults here for a three-day camp. One of these children was a special needs child with significant physical limitations. But that didn’t keep her from wanting to climb that wall. Once she was fitted with her safety equipment, she started on her way up. She managed to climb about half-way up the wall before her strength ran out. The group congratulated her on the accomplishment and encouraged her to come back down. But she refused. She wasn’t satisfied with going half-way. She was determined to make it to the top. The problem was, she simply didn’t have the strength to go any further.
It was then that one of the adults asked me to belay him up the same wall so that he could help her. With his safety equipment on, he quickly climbed up behind her. He moved her little hands to the next available rock hold, moved her foot up to the next step, and boosted her up. Again he moved her hands and feet to the next holds and boosted her to that position. Step by step he worked with her, carefully moving each hand and foot into position and then boosting her to the next level. As she neared the top, the group began chanting her name over and over. Chills ran up the back of my neck as I realized what I was witnessing. This is what God does for us. By his grace He supernaturally does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. When she reached the top, everyone screamed with excitement. Slowly we lowered them back down to the ground, but the sound of her name being chanted still echoed in my mind. The little girl’s name was Grace. The experience that Grace had on that climbing wall will stay with her and the rest of that group for a long time. And the beautiful illustration of God’s grace at work in our lives has helped me to know my Savior a little more.