Last week, I found myself staring at the glowing stars on display in the splendor of the wide open Oregon night sky at Grove Christian Camp, just outside of Cottage Grove. It was approaching 1:30am. The previous hour was spent chatting with two of my campers one-on-one, each of whom poured out their hearts and were brutally real and honest with me about what was going on in their lives.
In May 2006, Jason Raitz and I published an article series called “The Great Retreat Debate.” When the series was published it generated a fair amount of discussion as youth workers discussed the validity of retreats in their youth groups. We were both pleased with the debate and satisfied that the dialogue had gone as far as it needed to go.
Flash-forward to Christmas 2006. As I was finishing my Christmas shopping I started to receiving e-mails about the article I had written back in May. I quickly discovered that the Christian Camp and Conference Associationhad mentioned my article in their weekly newsletter that is mailed to camp ministry professionals with the headline “Anti-Camping Opinions Emerging.”