And our heads are pounding.
To all the people that have planned camps I have attended in my life - thank you so much. I never fully realised just how much work goes into planning a camp and I'm utterly grateful for all the hands and brains that contributed to making every single camp what it was.
I've attended some amazing camps in my life so when the idea of planning one for the worship students at school came about, I jumped for joy. I just knew that this camp is going to be amazing and lives will change - and being an admin freak, I was stoked I finally got to use my gifts. The idea was all peachy in my mind and I constantly thought 'How hard could it be?' but friends, as the day draws near, the stress levels are rising and I'm starting to realise just how much effort and just how much of yourself you need to give to plan a camp.
We originally thought that all 46 kids were going to agree and be able to pay for the camp but turns out that we forgot that kids have other trips and things that they need to pay for. So when some of our most needed students said they couldn't come due to cost - we started to freak out. What if none of the other kids can come because of cost? What if we don't get enough kids to break even? What if only 3 kids hand in forms and we need to cancel the camp? What if no one pays on time? What were we thinking? Why did we think we were capable of this?
Doubt started filling our minds as we realised just how many forms the kids needed to fill out and just how much money/time we needed to spend to make this camp successful. As we started to list out all the things we needed to do, from the big things (like forms, transport etc) to the nitty gritty (cabin allocations, decor etc) I personally started to freak out because who on earth knew so much work needed to go into a 3 day camp?!
One thing I must say is that I am so grateful for the team we have for this camp. Despite our busy schedules, we always seem to make time to sit and think about how we can make this camp the best for the students. We're very big on the students focusing on their own personal relationships with God and we're praying that this camp will be a nudge in the right direction.
"I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth,
and even forevermore."
- Psalm 121
No doubt, I'm stressed. But I think that's completely normal and I don't think stressing about being stressed is going to help. I know for a fact that God wants us to succeed and I'm going to do all I can to make that a reality. If we put our hope and trust in Him, where can we go wrong? If our God is for us, then who can be against us?
Please pray for the team, the students, and the camp as we draw closer and closer to the first day. God's waiting for us, and we're ready to go meet Him there.
All is, and will be, well.
ps. detailed blog post about everything you need to know before your first camp + a blog post about the camp + some resources will be coming very soon!