Hard to find a part of my life that ISN’T touched by Camp. I attended every summer I could, including Music and Arts Week and International Peace Camp...helped with music and in an assistant director capacity...loved Camp, love Camp.
The truth is, like many people, I grew up feeling a little out of place and “too much.” When I stepped foot at Camp, all my insecurities melted away. Suddenly, I found myself surrounded by unconditional love and acceptance - I could be as “much” as I wanted to be. Beyond (and much more important than) the personal edification that Camp provided, Senior High camps gave me a springboard into the world of social justice, by opening my eyes and mind to issues I’d never considered before. How is it possible that a group of high school students can sit around and discuss issues about which they may disagree, and still all show up to the communion table as friends?
It’s because the spirit of God is so thick in the air at Camp Sumatanga, you can scarcely take a breath without bumping head-first into it. My experience at Camp laid the groundwork for the rest of my life, from friendships to professional endeavors and ultimately, rooting my feet in the rich soil of empathy, open-mindedness, and radical love.