Oh it is the bane of many a summer staffer’s existence. The closed-toe shoe rule. Summer is hot. The shoes generally take longer to dry when campers decide to jump in the puddle. In a cabin of 6-year-old boys, the counselor will end up tying approximately 43.6 shoes per day. Brand new Chacos are sitting unused in the bottom of a trunk. It all seems like a cruel joke. So why do we insist? Well, shoes that aren’t tied on can come flying off on this
It is very hard to reach the top of this in sandals.
But most importantly we have lots of these
and to get anywhere you have to walk here
And even though all of our staff are trained in first aid and we have a registered nurse on site, a week of camp is much more fun when your feet don’t look like this
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Right around Christmas, we did a post on why Buddy the Elf would make a great camper. (If you missed that one, you can read it here.) The movie Frozen has been out on DVD for several weeks. And if your kids are anything like my daughter, they have seen the movie (maybe multiple times) and the songs can run in a loop on YouTube for emergency entertainment. After driving to work many times with “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” playing in my head, it got me thinking that Olaf would also make a great camper. Here are five reasons why.
- Hi, everyone. I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs!
Olaf is ready and excited to meet new people and make new friends. He is also ready to make anyone feel welcome with a big hug. He would make the perfect cabinmate…minus maybe the wet spots on the floor from his snow.
- Olaf: And who’s the funky looking donkey over there?
Anna: That’s Sven.
Olaf: Uh huh. And who’s the reindeer?
Olaf: Oh! They’re…Oh. Okay! Makes things easier for me.
Olaf was meeting new friends, and logically wanted to learn their names. He gets it comically wrong, but instead of judging, he goes with it and becomes their friend anyway. (He does later learn both their names.) Maybe he should have started off with an Asbury Hills name game.
- Anna: Olaf! You’re melting!
Olaf: Some people are worth melting for.
Begins to melt, grabs his face to stay up.
Olaf: Just… maybe not right this second.
Olaf knows how to be a true friend. He knows that sometimes friendship requires sacrifice and putting another person’s needs in front of your own. He also knows that sometimes you have to protect yourself too. I would trust Olaf to spot me on the ropes course.
- [after getting pierced by an icicle] Oh, look at that. I’ve been impaled.
So obviously icicles will not be impaling our campers. This does provide comic relief in the film because Olaf is a snowman so the icicle doesn’t hurt, but the point is Olaf goes with the flow. Most of the time, everything at camp is great. But sometimes, it thunderstorms during a scheduled activity or it takes much longer than expected to get a campfire going so s’mores are a little late. These things happen, and it is important to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned.
- Olaf LOVES the idea of summer
Just imagine how much cooler you’ll be at Asbury Hills…this summer!
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On my way up to Asbury Hills, a song came on the radio – Beautiful Things by Gungor. I’ve heard the song numerous times but for some reason, this song struck a chord with me that morning. Maybe it was the way the sun was coming through the trees.
Or the way a retreat group was enjoying fellowship following their meal.
Or the thought that the creek that runs through Asbury Hills continues to flow whether we notice it or not, but when we do pay attention, we realize how wonderful Matthew’s Creek really is.
Whatever it was, I realized that this is what Asbury Hills is all about. Whether you are a hiker, camper, staff member, retreat guest, or someone who got lost on their way to Caesar’s Head and stopped to ask for directions – Asbury Hills is a place where God continues the work of making beautiful things out of us, AND we are able to be still enough to notice.
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